Out Island Promotion Board: “Tremendous concern” over Dorian tourism impact

Out Island Promotion Board: “Tremendous concern” over Dorian tourism impact

Board president says South Abaco spared the worst

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- There is ‘tremendous’ concern over the impact of Hurricane Dorian on Abaco’s tourism product and its potential to rebound, according to Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board (BOIPB) president Dr. Keenan Larry Carroll.
Carroll told Eyewitness News Online Marsh Harbour was one of the major contributors of tourism dollars from the Out Islands to the Treasury.
“The fact is that the most visited parts of Abaco and the cays were severely impacted the question now is the resilience and the urgency of the owners to rebuild and get back up and running,” he said.
“We intend to have a meeting very soon with tourism stakeholders and the powers that be to talk about tourism going forward and no doubt we will be discussing the future of Abaco.”
Carroll is the owner and operator of the Sandpiper Inn in South Abaco.
He noted South Abaco had been fortunate to have been spared from Dorian’s devastation, and the community was focused on setting up sustainable supply chains to get food in restaurants and a daily supply of water.
“Luckily for us we were in South Abaco and we weren’t impacted very badly,” Carrol said.
“The damage basically started north of Cherokee Sound. I lost a few shutters and some guttering but other than that we were almost totally unscathed. At present now we are awaiting stabilization of the electricity and water so that hopefully we can open up and have rooms open for people who have to come and work.
Carrol said: “We should still be on our knees thanking God that we were pretty much untouched. Overall the people in South Abaco fared pretty well. We didn’t have to deal with storm surge at all.
“We are trying to get ourselves in a position where we can open up and sustain ourselves we have to have a supply chain for food in the restaurant, we need a daily supply of water.
“Hopefully within a week or two, maybe less we should be in position to try and reopen,” he added.