New Tourism Development Corporation executive director begins talks with International Agriculture Agency – Eye Witness News

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Ian Ferguson, the new Executive Director of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC), recently hosted a meeting with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) at TDC’s headquarters at George House on George Street.

In attendance were IICA National Representative Mari Dunleavy and staff, as well as TDC executives. The dual-purpose meeting was organized as a formal introduction between the new officials and an opportunity to continue discussions on ways in which producers in the Bahamas could expand the supply of agricultural products to benefit the tourism sector.

IICA is a specialized agricultural agency that promotes and encourages agricultural and rural development in the 34 member countries of the Inter-American System, of which the Bahamas is a part.

“We wanted to formally meet face to face and share our common goals for agritourism in the Bahamas Islands,” Ferguson said.

“Our meeting was very productive,” he continued.

“We discussed, among other things, agritourism opportunities and the need to increase local production of Bahamian food products demanded by tourists. We also talked about the importance of providing crucial links between hotels and our Bahamian farmers.

Ferguson added that the TDC will continue its collaboration with IICA and that further meetings between the two entities are planned for the very near future.

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