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Mr. Tourism Obie Wilchcombe

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Bahamas
 
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Gov’t Monitoring AES Lawsuit
www.jonesbahamas.com, 1 April 2006 [cached]
Bahamas Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe told the Journal that he was "very concerned" about the allegations.
"What we have to pay attention to, always, is what is being said (and) the circumstances.But we'll look at…where we are insofar as this company is concerned, and other companies and we'll evaluate what's being said in the Dominican Republic," Mr. Wilchcombe said.
"And of course," he added, "allegations are allegations.
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Minister Wilchcombe said he was "very concerned" by the reports, but that there has not as yet been any conversation between Bahamian and Dominican tourism officials.
Despite Minister Wilchcombe's concerns over the sharp drop in tourism to two Dominican provinces, he said the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has not yet made contact with its Dominican counterpart.
"Our greatest asset is what God has given us, and we are going to do all we possibly can to protect it and that is a mandate from the leader of our country, a mandate from the people of our country, and we are not going to in any way breach that," he added.
Bahama Pundit: The Impact of Cruise Ships on Small Bahamian Islands
www.bahamapundit.com [cached]
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe seems to have bought into the sales pitch that cruise passengers are on a familiarization trip and that many of them will come back as stopovers. Maybe some will, and we should encourage that, but Mr. Wilchcombe and Brilanders should not bank on it.
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Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, former Director General of Tourism in the Bahamas and now Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, last December warned us against measuring our success in terms of arrivals.
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Minister Wilchcombe in his contribution to the budget debate advised Bahamians to look at tourism expenditure:
Bahamas news - local, financial, business, technology
www.bahamasb2b.com, 3 Feb 2003 [cached]
Mr. Wilchcombe pledged the ministry's support in ensuring a fruitful business.
Bahamas Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe gladly welcomed the $2 million Señor Frog's restaurant owned by a group of Mexican investors.
At the official opening of the popular franchise in Downtown Nassau, Mr. Wilchcombe pledged the ministry's support in ensuring a fruitful business.
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Minister of Tourism Wilchcombe told the Mexican investors that they seem committed to building a restaurant that provides an opportunity for visitors to have a great time and a one of a kind experience.
"I also take note of the fact that you have a commitment to your staff and that commitment is for them to become a part of this organisation and not just feel that they are here for a job, but also to begin careers," he said.
Mr. Wilchcombe mentioned that it is also important for the staff of Señor Frog's to understand that it rests upon them to ensure that patrons walk away wanting to come back.
"You have to now commit yourself to making this successful.
When you do this, you are not only doing it for yourself and this establishment, but for every single soul in The Bahamas and for your country, so I want to encourage you to give it all that you can and adopt to the philosophy of this organisation," he said.
Señor Frog's restaurant is conveniently located on Navy Lion Road behind the straw market.
The franchise has locations in Peru, Aruba, Spain, Panama, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas.
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The Ministry of Tourism must evolve ...
ferriandpartners.com, 1 Feb 2007 [cached]
The Ministry of Tourism must evolve into a so-called tourism corporation if the entity is to respond effectively to "the new Bahamas", according to Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. The minister was addressing the third annual national tourism conference on Friday when he stated that "what (the Ministry of Tourism) did yesterday will not suffice in the changing Bahamas." One of the ways in which The Bahamas is changing has to do with a shift in focus, according to Minister Wilchcombe. "Our concern is less and less on the numbers of visitors coming to our nation, but (more on) what those visitors are spending, and the fact that we have put in place the brand that attracts millions today tells me that what we should work on now is our product, ensuring that we are in fact delivering all that we promise," he said. He outlined the function of this new corporation, which he said would provide the leverage to meet the expectation of all the islands in The Bahamas, The Bahamas Journal has reported. "It is inconceivable to believe that the marketing and promotional dollars for the central government will be enough to continue to develop our product, promote and market the product," Mr. Wilchcombe said. Seaportal To Open Hotel Doors And Phone Lines
Minister of Tourism Obie ...
hgchristie.com, 7 July 2004 [cached]
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said that this is a "very significant development in the Family Islands," which together with the planned transformation of Nassau International Airport (NIA) "places the Bahamas in an enviable position, as a country with top airports."
Mr. Wilchcombe said he expects this development "which puts us in step with the 21st century movement," to have a "tremendous impact on the economy of the Family Islands" and further supports tourism as the "number one industry in the country."
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Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said that this is a "very significant development in the Family Islands," which together with the planned transformation of Nassau International Airport (NIA) "places the Bahamas in an enviable position, as a country with top airports."
Mr. Wilchcombe said he expects this development "which puts us in step with the 21st century movement," to have a "tremendous impact on the economy of the Family Islands" and further supports tourism as the "number one industry in the country."
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"The Miami to Nassau Ocean Race is a famous event and has always enjoyed the support of the Ministry of Tourism," said Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.
"This support will continue as we renew our efforts to broaden the range of activities and attractions for our visitors.
"Many famous names have been associated with this race, several of them Bahamians. This is an event of the highest caliber which explains the fact that it has survived for such a long time," Minister Wilchcombe said.
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