FROM BAHAMAS TO BIG BEN: Tourism ministry hires firm to boost nation’s visibility in UK market

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation (BMOTIA) is aiming to increase the country’s brand visibility in the UK market, having hired global independent marketing and communications firm FINN Partners to provide public relations services for the islands in the United Kingdom. The UK office will reportedly also act as the […]

The Bahamas included in Airbnb favorite Caribbean and Latin American destinations for US travelers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas is a culturally rich nation, full of history and desirable tourist attractions. The archipelagic destination has always been sought after by visitors, and that appeal continues to increase, landing The Bahamas a number six spot on Airbnb’s recently announced top 12 Caribbean and Latin American cities for US travelers. According […]

DPM brings remarks at investment summit in Miami

Cooper: The Bahamas is in a good position to benefit from investment and the multicultural segment MIAMI, FLORIDA — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation recently participated in the 25th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show (NABHOOD). NABHOOD’s mission is to create wealth within diverse communities by […]

OFF THE CHOPPING BLOCK…FOR NOW: Health visa to remain for int’l visitors; Kanoo contract under review

Cooper: I anticipate the travel health visa for international travelers will “remain for some time” Removing travel health visa was key campaign promise of PLP NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The travel health visa for international visitors to The Bahamas will likely be in place for some time as it is “critical” for the development and advancement […]

REBOUND PLAN: Cooper says getting back to pre-COVID stopover numbers is “priority number one”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper said yesterday that getting this nation’s stopover visitor arrivals back to pre-COVID numbers is “priority number one”. Deputy prime Minister Cooper, addressing reporters ahead of a Cabinet meeting yesterday, noted that bookings over the next few months are looking “very positive”. “We are looking […]

RECONSIDER: Int’l group suggests keeping travel health visa as Bahamas top spot for unvaxxed Americans

“It is beneficial to continue the health visa given the high percentage of unvaccinated Americans visiting The Bahamas“ On campaign trail, Davis said testing requirements can be fulfilled without travel visa NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An international organization suggested The Bahamas keep its travel health visa as a survey recently found the country to be one […]

UNPLEASANT INCENTIVE: New US travel policy could push Bahamians to get vaxxed, says BHTA chief

Sands: This could augur well for the health of the country and allow various businesses to open methodically NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association’s (BHTA) President Robert “Sandy” Sands said yesterday that the Biden administration’s decision to require that all visitors to the United States be fully vaccinated may serve as an incentive […]

The Bahamas receives 20 nominations for Caribbean Journal Travelers’ Choice Awards 2021

Public encouraged to vote online for Islands of The Bahamas NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The world-renowned beauty and signature vacation experience offered by the Islands of The Bahamas have been commended for recognition at the upcoming Caribbean Journal Travelers’ Choice Awards 2021. From luxury resorts to pristine beaches, the country’s natural beauty and hospitality have captured […]

Carnival Pride makes line’s first call to Freeport since resuming service

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s highly anticipated return to guest operations, Carnival Pride arrived in Freeport, Bahamas, yesterday. It was the first time a Carnival ship has returned with guests since March 2020. Carnival Pride’s seven-day Bahamas cruise departed from Baltimore on September 12, with additional stops in Nassau and […]

WINTER AIRLIFT: United Airlines to resume flights to Nassau this December

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas is expected to benefit from some additional airlift this winter as United Airlines will be adding new, weekly service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Nassau. According to the airline, the new route will run on Saturdays only, starting December 18. The route will use a 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft. […]

SOVEREIGNTY PAYS OFF: Bahamas to receive near $2 mil from airspace agreement by month’s end

D’Aguilar touts airspace agreement as 1 of 3 accomplishments he’s most proud of during his tenure “I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the Bahamian people as the minister of tourism and aviation” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar confirmed yesterday that this nation will receive “just shy of $2 million” by month’s end […]

CRUISE BUSINESS BOOMING: More liners add Bahamas itineraries; Carnival and MSC announce sailings

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will restart its Carnival Pride cruise line from Baltimore, with seven-day cruises to The Bahamas and stops in Nassau, Freeport and Carnival’s private-island destination, Half Moon Cay.  Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “We’re thrilled to be back in Baltimore, providing our guests […]

SETTING THE STANDARD: New project to strengthen tourism-based business certification systems

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) and Ministry of Tourism and Aviation officials are partnering with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and European experts to develop and strengthen certification systems in The Bahamas. The aim of the project is to increase the resiliency and sustainability of The Bahamas as a tourism destination; enhance the […]

TAKING FLIGHT: Berry Islands get new airline service

Twice weekly flights between Ft Lauderdale and Berry Islands  BERRY ISLANDS, BAHAMAS — Within weeks of launching its inaugural flights between Nassau and Fort Lauderdale on Cessna Caravan EX planes, Tropic Ocean Airways has hit another milestone. On Thursday, September 2, the airline relaunched weekly scheduled service between Fort Lauderdale and Great Harbour Cay in the Berry […]

Captains Valerie Talbot and Eric Larson inducted as Bahamas flying ambassadors

BMOTA looking at launching a Women’s Bahamas Pilots program FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — Captains Valerie Talbot and Eric Larson of Delray Beach, Florida, have officially been inducted as flying ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas. The historic induction ceremony, complete with an airplane water salute and issuance of certificates, credentials and Bahamas-branded gift items, […]

ONLY A MATTER OF TIME: US travel advisory against The Bahamas was “inevitable”, says D’Aguilar

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The recent US Department of State Level 4 travel advisory on The Bahamas was “inevitable” given the tremendous surge in COVID-19 cases, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday. The minister noted that this nation continues to walk a “fine line” in balancing economic and health concerns amid the pandemic. The […]

FOR PROTECTION: Bahamas taking “additional precautions” as country joins CDC’s highest-risk destinations list

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas is taking additional precautions to ensure that “safety remains of the utmost importance” with stringent protocols in place to enter the country, the Ministry of Tourism said yesterday. The statement followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increasing its travel recommendations to “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 […]