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Bahamas: “A GIFT WE NEVER SAW COMING”: Real estate agent says cruise homeporting can revolutionize economy

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A well-known real estate broker and businessman said the recent news that a number of cruise lines are considering homeporting in The Bahamas has the potential to be “the biggest game-changer in recent history” for the tourism-based Bahamian economy.

Mario Carey, founder and chairman of two real estate firms and his newest undertaking, Mario Carey Ventures, said: “Homeporting has the potential to kickstart and revolutionize The Bahamas’ tourism-based economy.

“This is the time for everyone who is either already operating in the tourism space to look for fresh ideas and figure out ways in which they can benefit through the new model when passengers embark on their cruise from Nassau or Grand Bahama and may decide to stay in The Bahamas following their cruise as well.”

Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said last week that three cruise companies have expressed interest in making Nassau their homeport, noting that the economic implications of such a development would be significant.

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