NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Abaco Chamber of Commerce President Ken Hutton said yesterday that the organization plans to “lobby very hard” for Hurricane Dorian tax breaks to be extended beyond June 30, telling Eyewitness News residents “really haven’t been able to get much accomplished”.
Hutton said the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously delayed the island’s recovery process and restoration of the island’s second home segment, which he noted is critical to its tourism sector.
“At this rate, who knows when we will see meaningful tourism activity here again? One of the key things is we have to be able to open to tourism,” asked Hutton.
“The key factor in tourism here isn’t the hotels; it’s the second homeowners. They cannot come back until the COVID restrictions are loosened, not only here but back in their home countries. It’s a huge factor.
“Right now, building supply costs have gone crazy. The longer this goes on, the more delay there is in Abaco being able to recover sufficiently.”