PARTNERSHIP WITH VIRGIN VOYAGES
Hurricane Dorian created a whirlwind of devastation in our northern islands not seen since the early 20th century. The destruction is such that people’s lives have been turned upside down and recovery efforts call for the total evacuation of those who remain. The horrific stories told by survivors of the harrowing experience of living through a category 5 storm are scary and depressing. We saw the sea surges and flooding on social media, we saw the fierceness of the winds on the willowing tree trunks; we heard the desperate cries for help on ZNS from those who found themselves vulnerable to the elements. With the untold destruction came the corresponding upheaval in people’s lives. The vast majority of Abaconians moved to Nassau while Grand Bahamians tried to make it to the USA before Homeland Security tightened restrictions. Abaco was a thriving, mature tourism destination that was unspoilt and sleepy with quaint properties that made it so charming. Its high repeat visitor factor and second home market were the envy of other islands. Now, the second and third largest economies in The Bahamas are in absolute tatters. Pressed into action, TDC is rallying its corporate alliances to create Tourism Innovation Centres in Nassau and Grand Bahama to serve as a respite and to help to refocus entrepreneurs displaced by Dorian. These centers, in their further development to become incubators for dynamic change in the tourism industry.