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NASSAU, Bahamas, April 15, 2024 ~ Miami, Florida - The Bahamas made a strong impression at the recent Seatrade Cruise Global event held at the Miami Convention Center. With over 11,000 attendees, this premier event for the cruise industry saw a significant turnout of industry professionals eager to stay updated on the latest developments. Leading the charge was The Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, along with a dedicated team of tourism executives and destination partners.

The Bahamas Pavilion at Seatrade Cruise Global showcased the country's commitment to strengthening and advancing its cruise sector. The team included representatives from the Ministry of Grand Bahama, Nassau Cruise Port, Bimini Cruise Port, Freeport Shipping Company, Grand Bahama Port Authority and The Bahamas Maritime Authority.

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During the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Cooper engaged with media representatives to discuss upcoming projects aimed at enhancing the arrival and destination experiences for cruise passengers. He also provided updates on cruise developments, infrastructure upgrades and new tourism offerings. Additionally, he held fruitful discussions with key industry players such as the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), Disney Cruise Line and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Line Association.

"The dynamic atmosphere at Seatrade Cruise Global in The Bahamas Pavilion served as a powerful testament to our relentless dedication to both our destination and our partners," said Cooper. "Together, we have crafted a tourism experience that rivals any other worldwide. The enthusiastic engagement witnessed in our meetings signals a robust interest in The Bahamas, instilling us with unwavering confidence in the boundless potential of our cruise sector."

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To give cruise industry executives a taste of what awaits disembarking passengers in The Bahamas, the essence of the destination came alive at the CLIA Business on The Bay event held at Perez Art Museum. Over 1100 individuals attended this gala event which featured Junkanoo - a dynamic cultural extravaganza showcasing dance, music and elaborate costumes. Sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT), the event also featured remarks from Deputy Prime Minister Cooper and a captivating performance by the Bahamian musical ensemble, The Togetherness Band.

The Bahamas received enthusiastic recognition for its contributions to and support of the global cruise industry from CEOs of the largest and most influential cruise companies during the prestigious State of the Cruise Industry opening event and during cruise line specific sessions. Informa Markets, the show's operating company, also recognized The Bahamas for its booth constructed from recycled materials as a notable example of sustainability and environmental consciousness in a business setting.

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