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The Bahamas Has a New Tourism Minister

 Bahamas has a new Minister of Tourism, following the country’s recent general elections. 

The new Minister of Tourism is Chester Cooper, who succeeds former Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar; his portfolio includes Investments and Aviation. 

Cooper is serving in the cabinet of new Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis. 

“We at the Ministry of Tourism look forward with excitement to working under the new leadership of Minister Cooper, who will bring to our Ministry the wealth of knowledge and experience he has garnered from his lifetime career as a successful leader in the private sector. Minister Cooper’s energy and sharp business acumen are exactly what is needed as our Ministry continues the thrust toward tourism recovery amid an ongoing pandemic,” said Bahamas Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu.

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His career includes serving as chairman and CEO of BAF Global Group, and president and CEO of BAF Financial and Insurance LTD. 

Minister Cooper “acknowledges that all of the core business in The Bahamas is driven by the international community and that understanding of the international context of business is absolutely critical to the sustainable expansion of The Bahamas’ Tourism, Aviation and Investments sectors,” he said in a statement.

Cooper assumes the helm of the nation’s number one business “with an acute awareness of the monumental task that lies ahead.” He said he “relishes the opportunity to rise to the challenge in the service of his beloved country.”

Cooper was also the inaugural chairman of the country’s Insurance Advisory Committee, and the founding director of The Bahamas Venture Fund. 

— CJ

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S Hotels “Open for Business” in Jamaica 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Minister Patricia de Lille as the Minister of Tourism on 30 June 2024.  The Minister is supported by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu. 

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GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands (March 1, 2021) – Hon. Josephine Connolly was officially sworn in as Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime, Gaming and Disaster Management for the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Hon. Connolly’s appointment was made by the newly elected Premier Hon. Charles Washington Misick following the Turks and Caicos Islands general election held on Friday, February 19, 2021.  

Commenting on her appointment Hon. Connolly stated, “I am honored to serve the Turks and Caicos Islands as the Minister of Tourism at this critical point. I look forward to working with our stakeholders and partners to ensure Turks and Caicos’ success as a tourism destination and to explore all opportunities for growth and development of the tourism sector. Tourism is the main economic driver for the Turks and Caicos Islands. I am committed to working to ensure the industry not only recovers, but also surpasses its current record as one of the leading luxury destinations in the Caribbean.” 

Hon. Connolly started business in Providenciales in 1991, Tropical Auto Rentals Ltd (car hire), Connolly Motors Ltd. (retail car parts), 88.1FM (radio station), Connolly Services Ltd (Western Union) and Connolly Kia Ltd (Kia distributer).

Between 2004 and 2010 Hon. Connolly attended the University of Central Lancashire, obtaining a BSc in Management and Politics and MSc in Human Resource Management.

In July 2012 she was elected as one of the five all-island members of the House of Assembly and subsequently was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. In 2016 she was again elected as an all-island member. In 2021 she was elected for a third term as an all-island member and is now serving as Minister of Tourism.

Hon. Connolly has been active in assisting her community both through her charitable activities as a volunteer with the Cancer Society, an organizer of “In The Pink”.

Hon. Connolly has been married for twenty-eight years and has two adult children. She is President of the Girl Guides Association, patron of the Soroptimists, a member of the Turks & Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA) and a member of the Certified Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD).

For more information on the Turks and Caicos Islands please visit our official website https://turksandcaicostourism.com/ .

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Saudi Tourism Chief Advisor Gloria Guevara Manzo Leaves Role

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Manzo spent three years in Saudi Arabia, right as the conservative kingdom began to reinvent its image.

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Gloria Guevara Manzo, Saudi Arabia’s chief special advisor to the tourism minister, has announced she’s stepping down.

Manzo has worked in Saudi’s Ministry of Tourism since May 2021, reporting directly to minister Ahmed Al Khateeb as the Gulf capital undergoes a tourism transformation project. The kingdom is spending hundreds of billions on its fledging tourism sector, with the goal of 150 million visitors by the end of the decade.

“I am convinced of the potential of Saudi Arabia to become a top-five destination,” Manzo said Wednesday in a LinkedIn post announcing that her term had ended.

A lot has changed in Saudi since 2021 when Manzo joined:

  • International visitors have increased from 3.5 million to 27 million last year.
  • Saudi Arabia has been pushing for new source markets, such as China and India, which are now in the top five.
  • The country has committed to open 320,000 new hotel rooms before the end of the decade.
  • A new national carrier, Riyadh Air, has been formed, with flights set to start next year.
  • ‘Giga-projects’ for tourism such as The Red Sea and Diriyah Gate are now operational.

Manzo was the overseer of the Sustainable Tourism Global Center, a Saudi-government-led coalition calling on global tourism to move towards net zero.

Prior to her role with Saudi, Manzo spent four years as CEO and president of the World Travel and Tourism Council – the first woman to hold the position.

She also served as Mexico’s secretary of tourism from 2010 to 2012 and was a special advisor on government affairs at Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment at the School of Public Health.

Her successor in the ministry of tourism has not been named.

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Edmonton Member of Parliament Randy Boissonault has been named as the new federal minister of tourism. 

Boissonault was sworn-in to the role on Tuesday morning. He is also now the associate minister of finance. 

He is one of 39 members of the new cabinet, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that has just seven ministers retaining the portfolio they previously held.

Boissonault was elected in Edmonton Centre in 2015, defeated in 2019 and re-elected last month.

He was one of only two Liberals elected last month in Alberta.

The other, Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal, was left out of the new cabinet. Elections Canada is investigating him after a doorbell camera video showed him removing a rival candidate’s flyer.

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Having realized the significant roles played by the tourism industry especially in the area of holistic development of Nigeria. To manage the industry better, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has announced Lola Ade-John as the Minister of Tourism.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, made this known in a statement issued to journalists on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.

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Lola Ade-John has worked as a banker and a distinguished Information and Technology expert.  

Throughout her three-decade-long career, she made significant contributions to Ecobank Nigeria, holding various senior management roles within and outside Nigeria, solidifying her reputation as a top technology expert. 

Lola Ade John’s academic journey started from the University of Ibadan where she obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1984. Her exceptional performance earned her the honour of being the top graduate of her class that year. 

During her National Youth Service year, she supported systems for Petroleum Engineers and the Personnel department across various divisions.

Her dedication and expertise led her to serve as a System Analyst at The Shell Petroleum Development Company Of Nigeria Ltd for 7 years and 3 months, contributing significantly to crucial projects.  

Her career continued to flourish as she joined Magnum Trust Bank Ltd. (now part of Sterling Bank Nigeria Plc.), where she played a pivotal role in establishing Information Technology, Administration, Personnel & Training, and Business Development departments.

Pioneering the use of structured cabling in the Nigerian banking industry, she successfully implemented new technology platforms for the bank, ensuring its competitiveness and growth.  

In June 1998, she took on the position of Group Head of Support Services and Technology at Access Bank Plc.

Over 13 years and 1 month, she led transformative projects, including the construction of a new Head Office building and data centre with an investment of $3 million in technology.

Her innovative approach, such as implementing a paperless office environment, set new standards for efficiency and sustainability.  

Continuing her journey in the banking sector, Lola Ade John served as the Head of Applications at United Bank for Africa, leading a project team that migrated customer and bank data to a centralized core banking platform, driving the bank’s growth and modernization. 

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Occasional closure part of Indigenous Protected Area plan for troubled Never Never River's Promised Lands

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There have been concerns about pollution in the Never Never River at a popular swimming spot known as the Promised Lands, near the town of Bellingen.

The spot has now been declared part of an 81,000-hectare Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Bellingen Valley. 

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Yurruungga Aboriginal Corporation hopes the declaration will allow traditional owners to lead the way in curbing problems caused by unchecked tourism in the area.

It looks and sounds like something out of a fairytale. 

But the pristine appearance of the Never Never River, which runs through an area known as the Promised Lands on the NSW mid-north coast, is deceiving. 

"It's somewhere where the world goes, 'Oh, look how beautiful it is' and we stand here going, 'This was trashed'," said Dean Kelly, chief executive of the Yurruungga Aboriginal Corporation.

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The place locals call the Promised Lands lies within Tuckers Nob State Forest, close to the town of Bellingen.

It was once regarded as something of a secret spot, but coverage on social media has seen it become an increasingly popular swimming site.

But as the site is not recognised as a tourist area by Forestry Corporation NSW, which manages the Crown Land, there are no public toilets or rubbish bins, and minimal parking.

Mr Kelly and Brentyn Lugnan are Gumbaynggir men and traditional owners of the land.

They said the hotspot, which was geotagged online, was paying a price for its popularity.

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In January 2023, water quality at the river showed concerning levels of faecal matter, with human and dog excrement the suspected source.

"There's a lot of people with heads in the sand on this", Mr Kelly said. 

Mr Lugnan said he was worried by other, less deliberate forms of contamination.

"Because it's such a pristine and shallow waterway, with the amount of people we get through here, things like the fly spray, sunscreens, fake tans — it all settles on the top of the water," he said.

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"It creates a flow-on effect throughout the valley."

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But now Mr Kelly and Mr Lugnan have a say in how the land is protected.

The river has become part of a new 81,000-hectare Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Bellingen Valley.

It is one of 12 new IPA sites announced this year as part of an ongoing program, which now covers 87 million hectares of land.

Under the program, the federal government assigns First Nations groups with responsibility to manage their particular site.

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'Closed to rest'

For the Yurruungga Aboriginal Corporation, which has received $1.19 million to run the Bellingen Valley IPA, it offers a chance to suggest solutions to curb the effects of excessive tourism in the area.

These include controlling visitor numbers and declaring the area off-limits during certain times of the year. 

"Rather than it being a free-for-all, driving up and down from sacred places, we need to give it a rest sometimes during the year," Mr Lugnan said.

Other proposals include raised walkways, introducing rangers to offer guided tours, and building an office near the entrance of the site to sell organic sunscreen. 

"We're not always going to get the answers we like, but we're going to go for everything we can," Mr Lugnan said. 

"It's not just 'stay away' — we need to actually protect some of these places because they're of very high cultural significance to our mob. 

"If we can stop people from wandering up there, that would mean a lot to us culturally."

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Voluntary compliance

However, getting these ideas over the line is not guaranteed.

Under the terms of an IPA, compliance is only voluntary and involves a mandatory consultation period with landholders of the particular area, which can typically last between three to five years. 

For Mr Kelly that means negotiating and consulting with multiple landholders of the Never Never River, including Forestry Corporation NSW and the Bellingen Shire Council.

"We've built a pretty good relationship and we're in a place where we can make really good change," he said. 

Both Bellingen Shire Council and the Forestry Corporation of NSW told the ABC they endorsed Yurruungga Aboriginal Corporations' application for funding under the IPA program.

The council recently launched a "Go Before You Go" campaign, encouraging visitors to use a toilet before visiting the remote swimming hole. 

Both the council and the Forestry Corporation of NSW said they looked forward to discussing opportunities and initiatives to better protect the land.

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korean cultural centers around the world are trying to provide opportunities for more people to experience Korean culture by expanding their reach. 

The project will proceed in collaboration with various local entities such as Korean associations, educational institutions, and government agencies. according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Friday.

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The center in the United Arab Emirates will collaborate with the Sharjah Department of Government Relations and Al Ain City Municipality in September, presenting a traditional Korean percussion performance. 

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Other Korean cultural events will be held in places like New Mexico, Utah and Missouri to introduce various aspects of Korean culture throughout the United States in September and October, said the Culture Ministry.

"The Culture Ministry will actively promote and spread 'K-culture' beyond regions without cultural centers to countries without them by strengthening cooperation with relevant ministries, local institutions, and Korean associations," a Culture Ministry policy official said Friday.  

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