The Group Destination Services (GDS) team at the Ministry of Tourism provides destination management assistance to both in-bound and locally-based groups, meetings and conferences as follows:
Arranges site inspections and assists in the overall planning and vendor selection for conferences, meetings, incentive trips and symposiums in Nassau/Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island and other select islands.
Liaises with other Bahamas Government Ministries and agencies, such as Immigration, Customs and Foreign Affairs, in order to secure special treatment, customs waivers, temporary work permits, entertainment union waivers, V.I.P. and diplomatic handling.
Provides "Meet and Greet" services at all airports and cruise ports, special assistance or departure procedures and transfers between domestic and international terminals, V.I.P. handling and group representative access to arrival halls, and hosts hospitality and information desks at hotels and other venues.
Works with ground operators to ensure smooth and flawless operation of group programs.
Arranges speakers from the Ministry of Tourism, other Ministries or the private sector to welcome or address groups.
Organizes PR and local media exposure when applicable.
Please note that some of the above services will carry an expense to the group.