Domestic destination

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- This island, hailed as the "sailing capital of The Bahamas" is to be promoted as a Domestic Tourism destination, residents were told during a Free National Movement rally last night.

This promise was made by Minister of Tourism and FNM Leader-Designate Tommy Turnquest as he addressed hundreds assembled in the Marsh Harbour Shopping


"We will promote Abaco in a special investment and tourist guide for this island," Turnquest said. "Domestic tourism is high on our agenda."

The rally was also addressed by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, hours after he and Turnquest toured three cays - Great Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Hope Town.

Turnquest also promised residents that an FNM government will continue to promote the development of small-owned resorts, guest houses and other

tourist-related attractions and facilities.

"As we continue to work with you, and for you -- the Bahamian people, we will remain faithful, honest and focused," Turnquest said. "We will take this

country to the next level and we ask you to continue with us on this journey."

He told them that no effort will be spared to make it better.

Turnquest told the excited crowd that it was good to be amongst them supporting FNM candidate for South Abaco Robert Sweeting.

He also said he continues to marvel at the growth of Abaco, and that he was proud of the fact that the FNM policies and actions have facilitated many residential and commercial developments on the island.

Turnquest pointed out paved roads on Man-O-War Cay, upon which a new garbage disposal site was built; new school and post office and ongoing efforts to

improve the water supply, which "all attests to our commitment and the industrious work of Local Government.

On Guana Cay, the FNM provided the necessary funding for residents to build a new dock, roads, post office and administrative building.

And on Hope Town, residents in partnership with the Government helped build a new dock, renovated public buildings, the public clinic with a full-time nurse.

"In our third term, we will remedy the water supply problem," Turnquest said.

He also told residents that in Marsh Harbour, an FNM government will complete the construction of a new dock, and build the airport terminal building, a new administration building and a police station.

As Manifesto 2002 is complete and in circulation, Turnquest said in its third term, the FNM will "significantly increase the contribution that agriculture, fisheries and manufacturing make to the national income.

"In our third term, we will make Crown Land available on a concessionary basis to support the expansion of the Family Island agriculture, manufacturing and tourism," Turnquest said. "My administration will provide Government-guaranteed loans for Bahamian-owned Family Island resort

developments of four or more rooms, and for other tourism related facilities."

He also said that Abaco will be included in his proposed Home Run 10,000 programme.

"This programme is making the PLP nervous," Turnquest said. "The fact is you don't have to be a genius to understand that to provide housing for 10,000

families do not mean all will be newly constructed.

"Some will be newly constructed; in some cases persons will be assisted in land acquisition; in some cases persons will be assisted in purchasing or repairing homes.

"It can also mean providing the mortgage financing interest rates so many Bahamian families crave."

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