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 Trouble in Paradise: Tourism Industry Faced with 
Reality of Safety Standards.

Dear Readers,

Over the weekend, the Bahamas experienced a major tragedy, which claimed the life of an American woman, and injured several more. I imagine we were all shocked and saddened by the news of the boat explosion near Exuma; and as a country we mourn right along with the family and friends of Maleka Jackson. Now, according to reports Maleka and her husband were visiting our beautiful country to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary when disaster struck. From the entire editorial team here at 242 News, we would like to extend our most sincere condolences to all those impacted; both our visitors, as well as the Bahamians who were also on board the vessel. We pray for a speedy recovery for those injured, and peace of mind for their families as well.

Like most people, I have been glued to the news coverage of the incident - both local and international, and it got me thinking about a few things; one of which being the potential impact of such a tragic event on our country's tourism product.

As a nation which, for better or worse, depends heavily on the tourism dollar, I believe it goes without saying that there is a certain level of damage control that comes along with managing the news of any kind of incident within our borders. We really must commend the men and women who flew into action to immediately assist those onboard that vessel. I'd also like to recognize the work of port investigators who are working to get to the bottom of what caused the explosion in the first place.

While it's usually best to leave the actual crisis management to the professionals, I wholeheartedly believe that tourism is everyone's business and therefore we can all play a role in ensuring that our tourism product does not suffer unnecessarily. 

No matter who you are or where you go, and usually not through the fault of anyone specifically, accidents can happen but it's how we deal with the aftermath that really make the difference. In speaking to visitors to our shores, it's important to remind them that we take their safety as seriously as we take our own. Cases like this one can make visitors fearful and timid, and while we encourage an abundance of caution we also want to help assuage any fears that they may have. 

Incidents like this also provide tourism stakeholders, which include tour operators and providers and other industry professionals, the opportunity to improve industry standards. Is your equipment up to do date? Is it safe? Are you meeting international and regional standards? Now is the time to make sure. While I do not encourage waiting for something bad to happen before we fix certain things, such tragedies can be a catalyst for change and a way for us to make the customer experience safer!

Last week we encouraged our readers to explore the Bahamas...this week we encourage you to do all you can as a citizen, and a resident and do everything you can protect it too. Tourism is everyone's business. Let's do all that we can to make sure we're protecting our golden goose; now and in the future.


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Office Furniture Do's & Don'ts


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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • June 25th - July 13th, 2018 
    • The NAGB Mixed Media Art Summer Camp 
  • July 10th, 2018
    • Independence Day (Public Holiday)
  • June 25th - July 29th, 2019 
    • Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean  at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
  • July 16th - August 3rd, 2018 
    • The NAGB Mixed Media Art Summer Camp 
Grand Bahama
  • July 5th - 26th, 2018
    • Goombay Festival Thursdays in the month of July  6:00pm - 11:59pm at Taino Beach
  • July 9th, 2018
    • Freeport Players Guild Monthly Meeting 7:00pm at Regency Theatre
  • July 9th, 2018
    • 45th Independence Day Grand Anniversary Celebration Cultural Extravaganza, Tattoo & Fireworks Display 8:00pm at Independence Park
  • July 10th, 2018
    • Independence Day (Public Holiday)
  • July 14th, 2018
    • Splash Mania Kayak Race at Manta Ray Village Restaurant
  • July 20th - 22nd, 2018
    • Grand Bahama Regatta & Homecoming 11:00am at 
      Taino Beach 
Family Islands
  • July 6th, 2018
    • All Andros & Berry Island Regatta at Morgan's Bluff, North Andros
  • July 6th, 2018
    • All Andros & Berry Island Regatta at Morgan's Bluff, North Andros
  • July 7th, 2018
    • Junkanoo Summer Festival Harbour Island at Harbour Island
  • July 9th, 2018
    • Junkanoo Summer Festival Savannah Sound, Eleuthera at Savannah Sound Community Park
  • July 10th, 2018
    • Rolle Town Homecoming at Rolle Town
  • July 10th, 2018
    • Coconut Festival at Pleasant Bay, South Andros 
  • July 14th, 2018
    • "Spanish Wells Fisherman's Festival" at Public Park, Spanish Wells
  • July 11th, 2018
    • 2nd Annual Fire Road Fishing Tournament & Festival at Fire Road 
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