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Bahamas: CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS: BNT exec says Bahamas must choose between sustainable tourism and mass tourism for Family Islands

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Executive Director Eric Carey said yesterday this nation must determine whether it wants sustainable or mass tourism on the Family Islands, suggesting that the latter is not the way to go.

Carey told Eyewitness News: “I had always hoped that the Family Islands would offer authentic experiences and not be places where we encourage mass tourism, whether it’s large hotel developments or cruise tourism.

“The influx of a large number of visitors will have an impact on these communities and change these communities. We have to make a determination, as a country, what we want these islands to be.

“We have to determine whether we want them to remain small, sustainable tourism-type destinations or expose them to mass tourism.

“Personally, I don’t think that is the way to go. My thing is, we should be exploring and encouraging the type of visitor that provides maximum spend and is able to enjoy authentic experiences delivered and owned by Bahamians.”

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