An impressive contingent from The Islands Of The Bahamas is in attendance at DEMA, considered the world’s only international, trade-only event for diving, action watersports, and travel professionals. The massive trade show is taking place this weekend, November 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, West Hall, 9800 International Dr, Orlando, FL. The Bahamas Booth is number 2009. The Bahamas group, comprised of members of the Bahamas Dive Association (BDA) and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, is representing the Bahamas’ lucrative dive business, of which some 90 percent is operative and open for business despite the tragic blow to two Islands by the devastating cat 5 Hurricane Dorian, some two months ago.
Neal Watson, President of the BDA, and one of the leaders of the group, said that “The timing of the DEMA show has been perfect to meet with the dive travel leaders and publications to explain face to face our message.” And the message according to Watson is, “Because we ( The Bahamas) are blessed with a country of 100,000 square miles, 700 Islands and an area spanning from north to south over 500 miles, despite the disaster to Grand Bahama and the Abacos, 90% of the country and the majority of the Bahamas dive operators were not impacted.”
The Bahamas Diving Association is the official dive association for The Bahamas and represents 37 dive operators on 11 islands, including dive liveaboards. The Bahamas boasts thousands of dive sites and are famous for Reefs, Wrecks, Walls, Sharks and Dolphins.
“The best way to support those that were impacted (by Hurricane Dorian) is to visit The Bahamas and dive our beautiful reefs, walls and magnificent and abundant marine life,” said the BDA President. DEMA (The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) is the trade association for the international scuba diving industry. With more than 1,400 Member business members, the association’s mission is to bring businesses together to grow the Diving Industry worldwide.