Bahamahost Session #011 Opens in West Grand Bahama

Tuesday, April 23rd, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s (MOTA) Training and Education Department held its official opening session for a community course in West Grand Bahama.

The initiative, which was funded by Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, served as a means to secure and create future opportunities in alignment with the expansive vision for Grand Bahama Island.

She said, “Training can never be too much...I believe that with this initiative here in this community, not only are you doing something good for yourselves, but as a collective unit, you’re going to make sure that your community benefits from everything that is going to come on tap.”


“We’ve heard much about what Grand Bahama will bring in the months to come and what’s going to happen in the weeks and days ahead. We must prepare ourselves. That is the most important thing that we can do for our community and for ourselves.”

“Often times we wait until development comes upon us...[so] we’re not prepared. We have to take steps to empower ourselves and for you, this is the beginning of doing just that,” added Parker-Edgecombe.


With approximately 40 participants present in the West End session, Karenda Swain, Assistant Manager, Training and Education, MOTA, said, “In light of what is projected for Grand Bahama Island, we are excited to prepare and motivate you for new opportunities of which you can take advantage. We particularly commend your Member of Parliament for recognizing a need and doing her part in organizing this session. ”

She noted that after their experience with the Bahamahost program, residents of the area would be inspired and prepared to seize future entrepreneurial opportunities for their families and for their community while living up to their long-standing reputation in regard to hospitality.


As West End has always been known as the “Home of Hospitality,” the session served as a preparatory course for those in the capital of Grand Bahama Island to be able to ensure excellent customer service for guests who plan to visit.

Bahamahost session #011 was sponsored by the Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, and facilitated by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s Training and Education Department at the St. Mary Magdalene Church (West End).