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Bahamas: Angry Hotel Unions Raise Strike Threat

Hotel workers were yesterday warned it would be “absolute madness” to further damage a tourism industry already “reeling” from Hurricane Dorian with industrial action during the peak winter season.

Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business the last thing The Bahamas needed was “to shoot ourselves in the foot in our number one industry” given the economy’s fragile state in the category five storm’s aftermath.

Responding to threats of escalating industrial action from the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU), Mr D’Aguilar said industrial action in any form would “throw a wrench” into a Bahamian tourism rebound that has far outpaced efforts by Caribbean rivals to recover from their own hurricane devastation.

He explained that Forward Keys, which tracks forward booking data for the Ministry of Tourism, had found that The Bahamas had returned to 80 percent of pre-Dorian arrivals figures within one month of the storm’s passage.

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