Left to right: Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, sign the agreement (Image: Royal Caribbean International)
Royal Caribbean International has signed a multi-year agreement with the government of The Bahamas to help grow the Caribbean island’s tourism industry.
Currently, Royal Caribbean brings 1.7 million visitors to The Bahamas each year, but the cruise line has now committed to growing the number of Bahamian nationals it employs over the next five years. As part of this, Royal Caribbean will develop a training programme for Bahamians who want to start their hospitality career onboard one of its cruise ships. In addition to classroom sessions, students will receive on-site guidance and training from shipboard professionals.
“Royal Caribbean has been a long-standing partner of the islands of The Bahamas and the company’s plans to significantly increase tourism to our country, as well as to develop the talent of our youth and expand employment opportunities for Bahamians, is commendable,” said Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean will also make major enhancements to CocoCay – its private island destination in The Bahamas. These upgrades will include the construction of a pier, additional guest features and amenities, and new opportunities for vendors and craftsmen to promote the culture of The Bahamas to visitors.
“Tourism is an important engine of growth for the economy of destinations in the Caribbean and The Bahamas, and we are excited to bring more visitors on our newest and most innovative ships to this popular holiday spot,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “It is our responsibility to contribute to the country’s economic diversity, to its employment base and the training of Bahamian youth as well as the protection of the environment. We are excited about the continued growth of tourism in The Bahamas, and look forward to doing our part to keep that growth and progress moving along in the years to come.”