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By Shanieka Smith
#TheBahamas, May 27, 2022 – The Bahamas government recently opened up about spending for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; the royal visit in March cost the Commonwealth country more than $636,000 for ceremonies and William and Kate’s stay.
A preliminary financial statement indicates that a large portion of the expenses have been paid to New Providence. According to the breakdown, $566,828.93 was paid out to New Providence businesses and suppliers; $50,063.92 to Abaco vendors; and $18,107.15 to Grand Bahama vendors.
At least $76,141 went to ‘Wild Flowers’ for decorating the royal ball, a school visit and One Montague. For accommodation and meals, $34,657 was spent. Another $66,440 went to “Movi Company”, which provided large giant screens and digital and electronic works. Bahama Prints received $34,806 for display panels and welcome nets. The New Providence Junkanoo Corporation received $21,000 for the Junkanoo event.
The Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation received $29,480 for its broadcast services, Bahamasair received $37,247 for air charter services, $12,000 went to ‘Janees’ Uniform Shop’ for sailor uniforms from sloop and payment to regatta participants. Small suppliers also contributed to some of the payments. The data shows that more than 100 individuals and businesses have been processed for payments.
The local organizing committee said it had made “significant help” by not having to hire or issue contracts for the upgrading and improvement of government buildings, as the Department of Public Works was “very active and reactive in this field”. In addition, the Ministry of the Environment has cleaned the main arteries to ensure an impeccable presentation.
Prime Minister’s Office Press Secretary Clint Watson explained that the media spotlight and promotion for the Bahamas was immeasurable, recalling that the Bahamas was a chosen destination for the Royals, that the Bahamas have obligations as a member of the Commonwealth and that the United Kingdom is always ready to provide support in times of crisis.
According to the committee, at least $100,000 was saved thanks to the assistance provided by the company Bahamas. The committee added that there will not be much need for improvements and upgrades to infrastructure in preparation for the annual Bahamian independence celebrations.
“It is difficult to quantify the enormous benefits of the Royal visit to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Over forty UK and international media outlets have graced our shores and recorded the wonders of the Bahamas and the beauty, charm and warmth of our people,” the LOC said. He noted that the overarching goal has been achieved through the various activities in the areas of education, sports, culinary delights and meaningful interactions with Bahamians.
The LOC said a monetary value cannot be put on the benefits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent visit; he said Bahamians have proven they have made it known that they hold royalty with class and pride.