From left: John Cox, founder of Popop Studios and Creative Arts Director at Baha Mar; Joan Albury, president of The Counsellors Limited and chief organizer of Bahamas Business Outlook (BBO) and Marcus Laing, architect and BEAAP Secretary speak at a press conference to announce the 28th Annual BBO conference set for Thursday, January 17.

ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS- Scheduled to take place May 17 at the well-known Frigate’s Bar & Grill on the bay in Rock Sound, the 7th Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook is coming at a time when the island of Eleuthera as a whole is making decisions about a number of significant economic opportunities, with which the historic isle is currently presented.

As presenters the 2019 Eleuthera Outlook is bringing together government and community leaders, developers and tourism and promotion board representatives. Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance Hon. K. Peter Turnquest will take the lead as keynote speaker, followed by a line-up which includes Adrian Gibson, Long Island MP and Executive Chairman, Water & Sewerage Corporation; Elliston “Tommy” Thompson, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism; Dave Smith, Managing Director, Bahamas Development Bank; Davinia Blair, Executive Director, Small Business Development Center; Thomas A Sands Jr, President, Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce and a representative of BTC.

Also on board is Ben Simmons, owner of The Ocean View Club on Harbour Island and The Other Side, a unique Eleuthera property, which has been described as “a blend of home meets safari tempered with a few conventional hotel amenities” and has attracted international attention and accolades for its innovative design, fantastic wedding opportunities and adoption of sustainable, eco-friendly measures.

Thomas Sands indicated recently that there is enough happening in South Eleuthera to underwrite an exciting and informative day. He noted a growing dynamism that has come to South Eleuthera:

“In recent times, in the last 12-18 months, you’ve seen renewed interest in South Eleuthera. There are a number of projects in discussion or pending approvals. Some are further along than others but I think they are strong indicators that South Eleuthera is moving in a positive direction, positive growth, positive opportunities,” Sands said.

He spoke of the positive local sentiment towards the largest investment on tap for the south. He noted “a sense that the Disney project could have a positive impact on not only livelihoods, but the economy, as well as cement the long-term potential for the island of Eleuthera and South Eleuthera. I think, all in all, from the on-the-ground perspective, the majority of the Eleutherans that I have interacted with were in support of it.”

Joan Albury, President, TCL Group & chief organizer of the seven-island Business Outlook Series commented on the programme that attendees can look forward to at the day-long Rock Sound event. “At this promising time, it is essential for Eleutherans and other Bahamians to have the most accurate information and commentary from experts, in order to plan the way forward for the island and for personal involvement and benefit. This is and always has been the primary mission of the Business Outlook Series.

Said Albury: “We are grateful to continue to enjoy a highly productive partnership with the Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce which has allowed us to host Outlooks from Cape Eleuthera in the deep south to Central Eleuthera to Harbour Island in the north. We have strategically chosen presenters who represent economic sectors and entities which must play a key role in the quality realization of the most significant investments that have come to Eleuthera, especially the south, in many a year.

“Once again, the Ministry of Finance has graciously agreed to partner with TCL in continuing the highly beneficial ‘Ease of Doing Business Workshop’. We continue to be dedicated to bringing greater awareness to the challenges and opportunities for developing business and, consequently, for contributing to building The Bahamas as a whole with the accent on quality and sustainability.”

Those wishing to register for 7th Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook may do so online at www.tclevents.com, or contact the following: Margaret Albury, The Counsellors Ltd, e-mail, malbury@tclbahamas.com | Tel: 242.322.7505; Jacqueline Gibson, Ministry of Tourism, Eleuthera, e-mail: jhgibson@bahamas.com | Tel: 242.332.2141 or 332.2480 or Thomas A. Sands Jr., Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce, e-mail: tsands@rsp1976.com | Tel: 242.334.2356.