Grand Bahamians encouraged to take advantage of hotel/casino licenses available to the island

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Following the official opening ceremony of new offices for the Gaming Board of The Bahamas on Friday, there were ribbon-cutting and cake cutting ceremonies. The Gaming Board is celebrating 100 Years of Gaming under the theme, “Bet on The Bahamas.” Shown from left are Kevin Stuart, Deputy Chairman, Gaming Board; Mrs. Tracy Stuart, wife of Kevin Stuart; Gregory Smith, Deputy Secretary; Ryan Brown, member of the Board; Kaylesa Simmons, Assistant Secretary/District Head; the Hon. Ginger Moxey, Minister for Grand Bahama; Karen Thompson-Passard, Board Member; Dr. Daniel Johnson, Executive Chairman; Mrs. Johnson; and Ian Tynes, Secretary of the Gaming Board for the Bahamas. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

Grand Bahamians were on Friday urged to take advantage of the three hotel/casino licenses that currently exist for the island, by Executive Chairman of the Gaming Board Dr. Daniel Johnson. Dr. Johnson issued this challenge during the 100 Years of Gaming celebration held under the theme, “Bet on The Bahamas!” The celebration also took in the opening of the Gaming Board’s new office on Settler’s Way.

“The mandate of this new board is very clear. We are in a rebrand, renew, rebuild, phase.” He continued, “This is now the time go for it.

“You all have three gaming licenses for hotel and casino on Grand Bahama. We (Gaming Board) haven’t gotten a penny from those hotel and casino licenses in almost 20 years. That’s what I’m coming for.”

By the end of the year, the Executive Chairman stated, one license will be issued. And by next year he would like to issue a license to a Bahamian group in Grand Bahama. Additionally, Bahamian-owned boutique hotels throughout the Family Islands will be issued gaming licenses. Over the past 55 years, Orlando, Nevada, and Nassau were the gaming giants of the entertainment industry. Today, Nevada welcomes 50 million visitors per year, Orlando welcomes over 40 million visitors per year and in Nassau welcomes five to seven million visitors.

The Bahamas is in a tropical paradise, he said: “and I come here to say today, we want this business back and we coming to get it. I issuing that license this year.”

Also present was Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey who congratulated the Gaming Board on the opening of their new offices and added that gaming continues to make a meaningful contribution to the economy of the country under the “watchful eye of the Gaming Board.”

The Minister requested that the Gaming Board “execute the social responsibility aspect of the Board as a priority agenda item.” She urged that they become a part of Collab: Partnerships for Development, a unit formed in the Ministry for Grand Bahama.

“There’s so much that we can do together that will allow our people to live in dignity again if we join hands and work together,” the Minister said.

By: ROBYN ADDERLEY/Bahamas Information Services

More photo highlights below:

As a part of the 100 Years of Gaming in The Bahamas celebrations held on Friday, August 19 at the new offices of the Gaming Board of The Bahamas on Settler’s Way, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey (center) and Executive Chairman Dr. Daniel Johnson (right) participated in the cake cutting. Also shown are Gregory Smith, Deputy Secretary; Kevin Stuart, Deputy Chairman and Board Member, Karen Thompson-Passard. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

Several residents gathered at the Gaming Board of The Bahamas in Freeport on Friday, August 19 for the official opening of their new offices on Settler’s Way and the celebration of 100 Years of Gaming, held under theme “Bet on The Bahamas”. Following the official ceremony, guests were given a tour of the offices and then treated to light refreshments. Among those in attendance was the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey and the Executive Chair of the Gaming Board, Dr. Daniel Johnson. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

Grand Bahama M.P Hon. Ginger Moxey

Executive chairman of the Gaming Board of The
Bahamas, Dr. Daniel Johnson, on Friday, August 19, was addressing the opening of
the new offices in Grand Bahama of the Gaming Board of The Bahamas and the
celebration of 100 Years of Gaming under the theme, “Bet on The Bahamas”.
(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)