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A beach on Matt Lowe's Cay in Abaco.

Bahamas Tourism Gaining Momentum

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - December 25, 2020

Tourism in The Bahamas is gaining momentum, with the return of major hotels and a host of additional flights. 

Indeed, the country’s Ministry of Tourism said there was “great optimism in that the islands will see a return to record-breaking visitor numbers once it is safe for all to travel freely again.”

Last month, The Bahamas entered the newest phase of its tourism reopening, which paved the way for the return of the country’s major hotels and resorts. 

“It is with the consistent support and collaboration of The Bahamas’ tourism stakeholders, promotion boards, agencies, media and other travel partners that the country has been able to establish the on-island guidelines and preventative measures to help curb further spread of COVID-19,” said the Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar. “Our new, streamlined protocols for entry and inter-island travel, adjusted after careful monitoring, diligent analysis and swift response from all government entities, responsibly enforce public health and safety measures while allowing travelers to more freely enjoy our vacation experience.”

Indeed, this month has seen the return of resorts including Atlantis Paradise Island, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and the British Colonial Hilton, among others.

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Graycliff in Nassau.

Top boutique hotels like Nassau’s celebrated Graycliff Hotel are also open and operating.  

And major carriers including JetBlue, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta are all adding flights to their Bahamas schedules this month. 

“It is our duty at The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation to promote tourism to our beautiful country, and while 2020 brought unprecedented roadblocks to that task, our optimism and dedication to that mission never wavered,” said Joy Jibrilu, Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. “As we look ahead to 2021, we will continue to find new and unique ways to promote our islands offerings through expanded programs and initiatives that will bring even more visitors back to our shores as quickly as possible.”

For more on The Bahamas’ tourism protocols, see here.

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