Bahamas. According to COUNTRYAAH, Bahamas has a population of 385,640 (2018). The oil spill that went on in the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months caused concern in the tourism-dependent Bahamas. Concern was high that oil that leaked after a wreck on an oil platform would float eastward during the hurricane season. At a meeting with the OAS (Organization of American States) in June, the accident was highlighted as an example of a disaster for which the Caribbean countries were innocent, but which they still risked paying dearly.
In August, the government entered into a joint venture with China to build an exclusive tourist complex. The project had been halted a few years earlier when a US-based casino operator withdrew. The plan is to invest two billion US dollars at the cable beach facility, including 3,000 hotel rooms. The construction is expected to generate 11,000 jobs, of which 6,000 are permanent.