Tourism and hospitality remain the second most important sector in our country. We must maintain the foundation that has been a proven attraction to persons – including civility and a clean environment – but we must also refresh our product, kick-start new avenues for growth and ensure that Bermudians at all levels are more fully integrated to benefit from the tourist economy.
In respect of bringing more benefits to Bermudians, the OBA will increase our festivals, providing more opportunities for our creative community, boost sports and community tourism and open up new Special Development Areas which will include the boosting of our small business sector and new windows for young entrepreneurs.
The OBA will also work to maximise the marketing of our island, promoting niches Bermuda can be world leaders in.
As we have said consistently, where necessary there will be full consultation on initiatives which are likely to impact communities.