Bahamas Minister of Tourism to Give Welcome Address at Timeshare and Fractional Networking Expo GNEX 2011

Senator, the , Minister of Tourism and Aviation for the Commonwealth of the , will open Perspective Magazine’s vacation ownership industry event.

and industry multi-media information provider announces that the Honorable Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, will give the Welcome Address to  delegates of the inaugural Global Networking Expo, .

Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace will open the conference by addressing attendees at 8:30am on the morning of May 11, 2011 at the magnificent Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, and discuss the exciting new tourism investment opportunities available in the Commonwealth.

“Up to now, the Islands Of The Bahamas have tended to be perceived through too narrow a lens, one which has focused largely on our capital, Nassau, and hotels with EP product offerings.  Well, that is changing.  Our product offering now embraces 16 destinations and a broad range of accommodation options. Timeshare , in particular, has been experiencing tremendous growth. I therefore welcome the opportunity to have delegates to GNEX 2011 come and see for themselves,” said Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace. [member]

Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace has received several honors throughout his career including the Albert E Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Advertising by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and the Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Travel Marketing Executives International. In March 2002, he was recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the Fast 50 global champions of innovation from among 1650 entries and at the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, he was recognized as one of fifty people who contributed most to Caribbean Tourism in the past fifty years.

Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace spent several years in various positions in the tourism industry including 11 years at Resorts International Bahamas, rising to the position of Senior Vice President as part of the three-man Office of the President. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude from Harvard University and holds an MBA degree from the University of Miami from which he graduated at the top of his class.

“Having such a distinguished leader open our conference is certainly an honor and we thank the Minister for choosing to speak to our delegates,” said Paul Mattimoe, president and CEO, Perspective Magazine. “The Bahamas has always been a great international vacation destination and we are eager to hear about the new business opportunities for resort development.”

GNEX 2011 will take place over two full days, May 11-12, and include an agenda packed with interactive workshops, challenging sessions and networking opportunities as decision-makers from across the globe gather to conduct business. A welcome reception, exhibitor hall and new networking features are key elements of the expo.

The inaugural Perspective Magazine Awards Gala will conclude GNEX 2011 as winners will be announced from nearly 150 award nominees from five continents in a wide variety of categories such as Best Resort Development, Best Innovation Award and Entrepreneur of the Year.

For more information and to find out how you can attend GNEX 2011, please visit

Sponsors and supporters of GNEX 2011 include:

The Absolute World Group, Dial an Exchange, Resort Television, Yucatan Holidays, Citadel Trustees Limited, Connex, First American Title Insurance Company, ICE, Interval International, LeisureLink, Max Generation, RCI, First National Trustee Company, Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP), Australian Timeshare & Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC), Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA), Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers (CARE), La Asociación Mexicana de Desarrolladores Turísticos (AMDETUR), Ragatz Fractional Interest Conference, Resort Development Organisation (RDO), Vacation Ownership Association of Southern Africa (VOASA), American Airlines, Avis Rent A Car and Christel House International as Charity of Choice.

About Perspective Magazine
Perspective Magazine publishes four regional brands: industry publications Perspective Magazine North America, Perspective Magazine Europe & Middle East, Perspective Magazine South Africa and Perspective Magazine Asia Pacific. Together, the industry magazines are the most read independent trade publications globally for the shared ownership industry and the company is a media sponsor of 30 major industry events around the world. The company’s consumer magazine, Owners Perspective Magazine, is the only independent consumer publication that specializes in promoting the benefits of buying shared ownership products to the general public.  Distribution is via a variety of high-profile consumer channels including, but not limited to, more than 150 first class airport lounges worldwide with over a dozen airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta as well as hundreds of luxury hotels, resorts, spas and golf clubs.

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