Within the private sector tourism industry are a number of organisations which promote tourism to The Islands of The Bahamas.
The Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board
Established in 1973, the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board is a voluntary association of hoteliers. As of December 2000, it represented 21 hotels in Nassau/Paradise Island. In 2001 it operated with a budget of $10 million. It is funded by a 3% room toll contributed by the large hotels of 100 rooms or more and by a 4% room toll from those hotels not members of the Paradise Island Tourism Development Authority (PITDA) or the Association of Nassau Resorts (ANR. It is headed by a chairman who serves a two year term.
The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board
The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board represents approximately 15 hotels as well as organizations such as UNEXSO dive and dolphin operation and retail stores giving a total membership of 70 organizations. The Board operates with a budget of approximately $1.2 million derived from a 4% room toll paid by member properties and membership fees and which is supplemented by a contribution for marketing activities from the Ministry of Tourism. The Board is headed by a chairman. The Ministry of Tourism is represented by the Director-General.
The Out Islands Promotion Board
The Out Islands Promotion Board, a voluntary association of Out Island hoteliers, represents approximately 72 small hotels throughout the Out Islands. For fiscal 2000/2001 (July-June), it operated with a budget of $800,000. This is also supplemented by contributions from the Ministry of Tourism for marketing activities. It is headed by a chairman. It is funded by a 4% room toll contributed by member properties.
The Paradise Island Tourism Development Authority (PITDA) represents seven (7) hotels on Paradise Island. It is funded by a 3% room toll and operated with a budget of $5 million in fiscal 2001. It is headed by a chairman. The Association of Nassau Resorts, represents five (5) hotels on Cable Beach, is funded by a 3% room toll and operates with a budget of approximately $2 million per year. It is headed by a chairman. The Nassau Tourism and Development Board evolved out of the Duty Free Promotion Board and represents more than 110 businesses in downtown Nassau. It is funded by dues contributed by members and operates with an overall budget of $110,000. It is headed by a chairman
Bahamas Hotel Association
Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board – Nassau
Hotels Center, S.G. Hambros- West Bay Street
P.O. Box N-7799
Tel: (242) 322-8383/4
Fax: (242) 502-4218
Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board
1200 South Pine Island Road
Suite #750 Plantation, Florida, USA
Tel: (954) 475-8315
Fax: (954) 475-8354
Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board
210 N. University Drive, Suite #300
Coral Springs, Florida 33071, USA
Tel: (954) 796-3555, (800) 422-7466
Fax: (954) 796-3250