Published On: Fri, May 20th, 2016

“Tourism as an Economic Development Tool: The Myth and the Magic:” A seminar organized by MBA group XIII from ICUC

Sr. Vincent Vanderpool-WallaceWILLEMSTAD - Master in Business Administration (MBA) group XIII students at the Inter-Continental University of the Caribbean (ICUC), are organizing a seminar titled "Tourism as an Economic Development Tool: The Myth and the Magic"

The guest speaker at this seminar will be Mr. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace. In the past, Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace has held many positions, such as, Co-President of Resorts International, then the largest private company in The Bahamas, as Director-General of Bahamas Tourism, as Secretary General & CEO of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and most recently as Minister of Tourism of The Bahamas. He is an alumni of Harvard University, where he received his BA and graduated cum laude. Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace is also an alumni of the University of Miami, where he received his MBA, and from which he graduated at the top of his class. He has won a number of awards including being named at the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean Tourism Organization as one of the 50 most influential people in Caribbean Tourism in the past 50 years, being selected by Fast Company magazine as one of the Fast 50 global champions of innovation.

In 2009, he was included in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honor’s List and awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contributions to the development of Tourism in Bahamas.

One of the most important topics that will be discussed this evening, will be the standard measures of economic progress, such as GDP. It is known to be inadequate in measuring the true impact of tourism. There is so much more that it can contribute to a society that has value but goes unmeasured.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts”(Albert Einstein) is a wonderful quote that Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace relates to a lot.

Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace currently has a very close connection to our island due to the implementation of the Tourism Master Plan. We will be able to learn a lot more of his plans and ideas for our ‘Dushi Kòrsou’ at the seminar.

Please visit to register for this free seminar, which will take place on May 26th, from 6pm to 8pm. Register as soon as possible, as seats are limited. Registration closes May 24th. The seminar will take place in the Tula Room at the Kura Hulanda in Otrobanda.

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