Immigration Department seeks to boost “efficiency, and transparency”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Department of Immigration is moving toward going cashless and digitizing its services, according to Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry, and Immigration Elsworth Johnson, who said this will improve efficiency as well as transparency. Ahead of a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Johnson said: “In order to increase the efficiency that members […]

D’Aguilar: Govt. not prepared to ease travel requirements

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said today that while other countries may have loosened travel restrictions to reopen their economy, The Bahamas is not prepared to go that the extent. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, D’Aguilar unerscored there it is an ongoing discussion between tourism and public health officials over the matter. Under […]

PM “very pleased” with Dorian progress

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has made ‘extremely shocking’ progress since Hurricane Dorian blasted its way through The Bahamas nearly one year ago, said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday. “I am very very pleased of the progress that has been made,” Minnis said. He spoke following a tour of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial […]

Health officials admit to having “mix-ups” in contact tracing and delayed testing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As dozens of people express concerns of inconsistencies and delays in testing, health officials advised that there have been some “mix-ups” that have resulted in delays in contact tracing and testing. Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis, health consultant to the Office of the Prime Minister, sought to assure yesterday that those issues are being addressed amidst what […]

‘Significant flood’ of requests for Bahamas travel info

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A well-known private aviation executive said yesterday there has been “a very significant flood of requests” for information regarding flying to The Bahamas, telling Eyewitness News “We have not seen any pushback regarding COVID-19 testing requirements”. Rick Gardner, a US commercial pilot, flight instructor and Bahamas Flying Ambassador said: “There has been a very […]

Pandemic opportunity for govt. to capture private home rentals

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The country’s “Clean and Pristine”certification program presents a perfect opportunity for the government to finally capture all of the private home rentals that have been operating for long time, according to an out island boutique resort operator. The certification program will be implemented across hotels, restaurants and other consumer-facing tourism entities and […]

Atlantis’ Cove reopens July 14

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Atlantis Paradise Island has announced today the Cove will reopen to guests on July 14 as part of a phased reopening. The property will welcome guests to the Royal and Harborside resorts on July 7. Atlantis has partnered with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic and launched the Atlantis Clean & Safe Promise to […]

Straw Market Authority rental income losses up to $165k, vendors may not pay until 2021

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Straw Market Authority has seen $165,000 in lost rental income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Works Minister Desmond Bannister. Bannister said the sum represented losses up to May 31, and reflected a 71.4 percent decrease. “As a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the SMA has revised and updated its 2020 Budget,” he said. “The updated budget is primarily […]

Central Bank: Bahamas economy sustained “upward trajectory”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas’ economy continued to experience “upward trajectory” in February as an increase in long-stay visitors underpinned by improvements in the tourism sector, and foreign-led investments projects shored up activity in construction, according to data from The Central Bank of The Bahamas. The latest Central Bank Monthly Economic and Financial Developments (MEFD) […]

Blue Lagoon Island receives Travelife Partner Award

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas, home of Dolphin Encounters, has obtained the Travelife Partner award. The award is a recognition for the long-term efforts and frontrunner position of Blue Lagoon Island regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Blue Lagoon Islandcomplies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product […]

Chamber appoints new board members

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) appointed new board members recently. See full statement from the chamber below:                   The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) welcomed to its Board of Directors the following member professionals, whose appointments were effective as of […]

Symonette reveals new ease of business initiatives

A price hike is pending for foreigners wanting to apply for permanent residency. Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon Brent Symonette, announced at the 15th Annual International Business and Finance Summit yesterday, that foreigners will now have to pay an additional $250,000 to The Bahamas government for homes, which takes […]