StampNews.com is glad to inform that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (MOT) in conjunction with the Bahamas Philatelic Bureau General Post Office unveiled four commemorative stamps in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Ministry of Tourism and in recognition of the importance of the tourism industry in The Bahamas at a press conference in Pompey Square.
Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu, announced that the four stamps, which also went on sale, will honour two hotels in the Outer Islands and two giants in The Bahamas' hotel industry.
They include the Peace N' Plenty Resort in Exuma, the Kings Inn, which later became the Princess Resort and Casino in Grand Bahama, Atlantis Paradise Island and Baha Mar Resort on Cable Beach.
"These developments in particular have revolutionized the tourism product in The Bahamas even resulting in one island changing its name from Hog Island to Paradise Island. Apt perhaps when one thinks of the significant growth, transformation and sophistication of our tourism industry today in The Bahamas", Ms. Jibrilu said.
She added, "The Bahamas is unique in being able to offer an unmatched plethora of diverse and lasting experiences from Grand Bahama and Bimini in the north to Inagua and Mayaguana in the south".
Tourism has become the foundation of a thriving economy for The Bahamas. Private and public sector partnerships set its course, with the Ministry of Tourism acting as the main government agent for the industry.
The Ministry was created in 1964 when the Promotion of Tourism Act gave birth to it and it replaced the organization known as the Development Board.
In honor of the 50 years of the Ministry of Tourism and in recognition of the importance of the tourism industry, the Bahamas Postal Service has released 4 Commemorative Stamps; two represent hotels in the Outer Islands and two honor the two giants in the Bahamas' hotel industry.