Even nevertheless Hurricane Dorian sat above Grand Bahama and the Abacos for 30 several hours in early September, devastating the islands, the Bahamas general even now had a report-breaking 2019. In total, the place saw an boost of 8.1 p.c in air arrivals in 2019 versus 2018. When you glimpse at air and sea arrivals, that selection jumps a little bit to 9.8 p.c.
What is of note, having said that: Every single thirty day period from January to July posted at the very least a seven.seven p.c year-above-year boost from the exact same thirty day period of the year prior, with four instances of advancements amongst sixteen.six and 28.8 p.c. August showed a small advancement with 1.two p.c. Then Hurricane Dorian swept by way of a handful of islands in the country’s north. September, Oct and November had been down 14.seven, 11.seven and thirteen p.c, respectively, in air arrivals.
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu, at the Caribbean Journey Market at Baha Mar, reported she was delighted to see the general boost in arrivals but was unhappy since the Bahamas was on pace to smash the report prior to September. She added the Bahamas has an graphic problem – but not in the way you would think.
With above 700 islands and two,000 keys generating up the region, Hurricane Dorian taught anyone to use the names of each and every island. “When the globe reported that the Bahamas had been devastated by Hurricane Dorian, when in truth it was our two, northernmost islands—the Abacos and the east close of Grand Bahama—we all paid out a collective cost,” Jibrilu reported. Experienced the reporting of the storm and people’s knowledge of the destination’s geography been better, the Bahamas possible would have shut out the year on a a lot better note.
With that reported, there is even now plenty heading on in the Bahamas to glimpse ahead to in 2020 and further than. As for Freeport, which was impacted by Dorian, Jibrilu studies that 100 p.c of cruises are procedure, eighty four p.c of motels are open up, eighty four p.c of restaurants have reopened, 75 p.c of excursions are functioning, and 55 p.c of points of interest and watersports are available. In regard to the Abacos, the islands are taking their time, Jibrilu reported having said that, South Abaco has its airport and numerous motels and restaurants open up.
It’s why the Bahamas’ new marketing campaign is based mostly all around the slogan “However Rockin’.” It follows 2019’s “Fly Away” campaign in partnership with Lenny Kravitz. He remains the brand name ambassador, but the online video now has the voiceover say: “Here in the Bahamas, we do matters in another way. When the serene following the storm suggests shaking it off, rebuilding and under no circumstances lacking a beat. Our spirit retains us transferring, our heritage retains us dancing and our shores retains us chilling. And our site visitors, from 1st-timers to very long-time close friends, continue to keep us smiling. This is the Bahamas and we are even now rockin’.”
So significantly, the Bahamas is off to a powerful start out in 2020 with a seven.9 boost in ahead bookings for January—although it tails off in February (-.five p.c) and March (-28.two p.c). The good information is airlift is scheduled to boost in the subsequent three months. JetBlue is introducing a next day by day flight from Boston United is introducing a new non-quit Saturday flight from Denver and Southwest is introducing a new seasonal Saturday flight from Houston—all of which fly into Nassau. In Canada, Air Canada, Sunwing and Westjet are introducing flights from Montreal, Toronto and Calgary.
The major information in the Bahamas is the building of the new Port of Nassau (Jibrilu calls it “transformational”). The $250 million task headlines the downtown Nassau revitalization task. It will open up in 2022. Also in Nassau and opening this June will be the Margaritaville Beach Resort. The five-star residence will have. 288 rooms, open up-air browsing, a movie theatre and a lot more.
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