||ABOUT THIS EDITION OF BAHAMAS HANDBOOK
The Bahamas Handbook is widely respected as the premier source of information on the country. Well-researched and filled with comprehensive information, entertaining stories and colourful photos, it is a must-read for anyone interested in investing, doing business, living or travelling in The Bahamas.
In the 2005 edition, get to know Sir Sidney Poitier, a Cat Island boy who grew up to become a Hollywod legend. Read about the famous musicians, actors, writers and artists who have found inspiration here, and meet the Jewish community, a small group of hardworking entrepreneurs whose first member arrived with Columbus.
Learn about the Abaco separatists, a group of residents who fought for independence from The Bahamas and failed. Meet Lady Henrietta St George, a woman with a mission to help the needy children of Grand Bahama.
In the business section, find out about hedge funds and why they are so attractive to investors; learn about new foundations legislation and the recent plan for tourism to focus on niche markets. This year’s Handbook covers developments in business, construction and the economy and provides an insightful look into the future.
As always, government listings provide the most up-to-date information on the people in power, from Members of Parliament, the Senate and Cabinet to public service officials. And of course, the A-to-Z blue pages offer concise information on everything from accommodations and investment incentives to wildlife preserves.
All this and much more await you in the 2005 Bahamas Handbook.
||TABLE OF CONTENTS
-Bahamian scenes – Colorful perspectives of the islands
-Sir Sidney Poitier – son of the soil – A troubled Out Island boy becomes a Hollywood legend
-Jewish community in The Bahamas – Roots date back to the arrival of Christopher Columbus
-Bahamas conjures the muses – Artists flock to these islands for inspiration
-An old town to be reinvented – Downtown Nassau is undergoing a massive facelift
-A generation of cruise ships – From cramped quarters and scurvy to luxury liners
-Residents and rulers of Parliament Street – A short thoroughfare’s contribution to Nassau’s History
-Cat Island: land of unfinished dreams – Turbulent past, drowsy present and uncertain future
-Big boat racing – the glory days return – Top sailors compete in the Miami to Nassau race
-Abaco was ready for armed revolution - Residents planned break away from The Bahamas
-Sol Kerzner – tycoon with a plan – An eye for the unconventional helps him “blow away the customer”
-Bahamas targets speciality markets – Travellers are looking for a purpose to visit and finding it here
-Hedge funds offer advantages - Intriguing products for high-net worth investors
-Foundations Act – 1st in the Americas – Progressive laws put The Bahamas ahead of the pack
-Construction projects on the rise –New Providence and Paradise Island abuzz
-Out Island building: the pace quickens – Projects in the works for every major island
-Real estate – A selection of available properties
-Blue Pages – A-Z compendium on living, vacationing and investing in The Bahamas
-Freeport’s Doug Silvera – Low-key character with a high-profile life
-Lady Henrietta St George – Extraordinary woman has helped hundreds of children
-Isle of Capri Casino to help the economy – Slow start but new numbers spark optimism
-Big plans for Grand Bahama – Major projects on the horizon could transform the island
-More blue pages – Handy facts and figures specific to Freeport/Lucaya
-How Government works
-Cabinet ministers & portfolios
-House of Assembly
-Parliamentarians’ salaries; Parliamentary Secretaries
-Permanent Secretaries; Commission chairpersons
-Public service officials
-Resident diplomatic & consular representatives
-Bahamas diplomatic & consular representatives
-International organizations’ representatives
-Honorary consuls & representatives
-Bahamas honorary consuls abroad
-The Queen’s New Year’s Honours - 2004
Year in Review
-Aug 2003 through July 2004
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