On April 2, the Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, Yuan Guisen, arrived on Abaco. He was greeted at the airport and immediately taken to the Office of the Prime Minister in the Marsh Harbour Government Complex for a banquet. Before the meal he was introduced to those in attendance which included island administrators, representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Customs, the private sector and other government officials.
Mr. Guisen thanked everyone for the warm reception and said, via his translator, “As soon as I set foot on land on Abaco I felt at home.”
North Abaco Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Renardo Curry, spoke briefly with Mr. Guisen about Abaco. He told him that besides the beautiful water and scenery, Abaco is home to vibrant communities, “Places like Man-O-War Cay,” he gave as an example, mentioning their boat-building heritage.
Mr. Guisen told the room that he expects more Chinese tourists to be visiting The Bahamas. He continued by saying Chinese Tour Companies are ready to begin partnering and learning about the tourist product of Abaco. He said he is committed to helping attract the market in China.
Mr. Curry said that, “Having him visit Abaco speaks to how important the things happening here are.”
Mr. Guisen and his wife, Madam Yang Hong, spent the next day touring some of the Cays. He remarked that the view from the Hope Town Lighthouse was very beautiful and during his visit to Man-O-War was very interested in the boat building operations. The Ambassador was then taken to lunch at Bakers Bay on Guana Cay and given a tour of the property. The Ambassador also spent some time in North Abaco.
MP Curry said he felt the Ambassador’s visit went, “Very well.” He said that ideas are being exchanged for a “People to people” program and that the Ambassador would be encouraging his government to make investments on Abaco as well as promote it as a tourist destination.