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Patrck Rahming: The Business of Tourism


Dear Editor,

There seems t be some confusion about the way a tourist destination works. Vested interest (hospitality unions, entertainers, tourism officials) have obscured the simple, basic way tourist destinations really make money and how that money is available to the widest community. So I thought it might be worthwhile to, in laymans terms, try to lay the destination business model out, so that public comments might have better context.

As I said, the model is simple. In this discussion, I will refer to the destination as a shop. While the Bahamas as a whole is a shop (more correctly, a mall), I will refer to individual destinations within the Bahamas as shops.

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