Tourism Board members Brian Dupperault, Sallie Singleton, Tourism Board chair Malcolm Butterfield, Minister Furbert, Michelle Smith, managing director OBM International, Tourism Board members Kirk Kitson and Maxwell Burgess. *Photo supplied
Tourism Board members Brian Dupperault, Sallie Singleton, Tourism Board chair Malcolm Butterfield, Minister Furbert, Michelle Smith, managing director OBM International, Tourism Board members Kirk Kitson and Maxwell Burgess. *Photo supplied

TUESDAY, DEC. 20: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

Today I have the pleasure of announcing the service provider for developing the National Tourism Plan.  Our Ministry recognizes the vital role tourism must play in growing Bermuda’s economy and creating jobs. Therefore, we believe that this milestone is an important step in our commitment to strengthen the tourism industry.

Ladies and gentlemen, before I announce the name of the service provider, I invite Mr. Malcolm Butterfield, Chairman of the Tourism Board to describe the extensive evaluation process that has lead up to this point.

Ladies and gentlemen, the service provider for developing the National Tourism Plan is Travel and Leisure Advisory Services, partnering with local company OBM International which is represented here today by Mrs. Michelle Smith, Managing Director of OBM International.

The Company has extensive tourism experience in 45 countries and has worked on similar plans in Belize, Manila, and Morocco. It also has experience and expertise in conventions, and conferences and extensive visitor intelligence and research capacity.

Ladies and gentlemen, despite the notion that the Plan would cost a million dollars to produce, this chosen company will produce the Plan for $182,365.00.

I now invite Mrs. Smith to make a few remarks on behalf of Travel and Leisure Advisory Services.

Thank you.