MOTA US team returns to in-person business activity at 2021 Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo

Tourism ministry promotes Bahamas as close to US, safe, fun and open for visitors LAKELAND, FLORIDA — The Islands of The Bahamas are the premier and exclusive destination being featured at the 47th Annual Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, being held April 13 to 18, 2021 in Lakeland, Florida. Traditionally Florida’s largest annual convention, the […]

DON’T MISS THE BOAT: Bowe cautions nation to be prepared to take advantage of tourism revival

Prominent finance expert says Bahamas should avoid “having knee-jerk reaction to opportunities”; notes need for holistic national development plan NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As optimism rises over the tourism industry’s revival, a top banker said this nation must be appropriately prepared to take advantage of the opportunity and not simply wait for the benefits to befall […]

LOOKING UP: Out Island resorts eye business level rise amid US vaccine rollout

“Islands that have direct airlift are performing better” Out Island Promotion Board chief calls for “civil conversation” on COVID testing requirements for domestic travel NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Out Island Promotion Board’s (OIPB) executive director said yesterday that projections for room revenue and room nights sold have jumped to 65 percent of pre-pandemic levels amid […]

INCHING CLOSER: CDC issues new guidance for move towards cruise industry restart in US

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its second phase of technical guidance under the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO), bringing cruise lines one step closer to sailing in United States territorial waters. The technical instructions will allow cruise lines to prepare their ships for simulation voyages, which […]

TRYP Air Charter takes flight to the islands of The Bahamas

LAKELAND, FLORIDA — Florida-based TRYP Air Charter has announced that in addition to “On Demand” domestic flights, it is now offering international flights to Marsh Harbor, Abaco, and other Bahamian islands from Jacksonville, St Augustine, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Lakeland and the Tampa/St Pete Clearwater area. Elliot Mintzer, president, commented: “This option allows for travelers to […]

EASTER UPSWING: NAD anticipates uptick in visitor arrivals and departures over holiday weekend

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) anticipates an uptick in visitor arrivals and departures over the upcoming Easter holiday period. According to NAD, March 2021 has been the most successful month for passenger arrivals since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced and Easter will allow April to start strong. Passengers traveling internationally over the […]

NOT WORTH THE RISK: Tourism minister urges Bahamians to abide by COVID regulations

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday urged Bahamians to be honest and fair in regards to their COVID tests. D’Aguilar’s comments came after several people were arrested and charged for possessing and uttering falsified coronavirus tests while attempting to travel to the Family Islands from New Providence. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, […]

Bahamas meeting and incentive business “ramping up” with major law conference set for this fall

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas’ meeting and incentive business is ramping back up with a major law industry conference set to be held on New Providence this fall. The Bahamas will be hosting the 2021 Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC) from September 5 to 9, at the five-star luxury resort Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, where speakers […]

WHAT’S BEST FOR EXUMA?: Chamber president notes split views on cruise tourism

Rolle: It’s not the cruise line; it’s the govt that gave permission without consulting stakeholders EXUMA, BAHAMAS — Exuma Chamber of Commerce President Pedro Rolle said yesterday that there was vocal support for and against Crystal Cruises coming to the island, telling Eyewitness News: “We have to do what’s best for Exuma.” Crystal Cruises has […]

UK direct flights could resume in May

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Direct flights from the United Kingdom could resume to The Bahamas in May, according to the UK government. According to the foreign travel advice of the UK government’s website, British Airways plans to resume flights in May, though the date was subject to change. It remains illegal for UK residents to travel […]

LOOKING UP: Grand Lucayan bookings expected to pick up in wake of aggressive marketing

Tourism minister believes Bahamas on “on the cusp” of tourism rebound NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Lucayan Renewal Holdings Chairman Michael Scott, QC, said yesterday that bookings at the Our Lucaya property are expected to pick up next month as an aggressive marketing and promotions campaign has been undertaken. Scott told Eyewitness News that the property reopened yesterday […]

“WE’LL TAKE WHAT WE CAN GET”: Long Island businessman welcomes cruise tourism

Cartwright laments lack of banking facilities on the island, however NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While Harbour Island’s tourism stakeholders have voiced their opposition to cruise tourism on that island, one Long Island businessman said yesterday that that island will “take all we can get”. Businessman Mario Cartwright told Eyewitness News that Crystal Cruises’ decision to include […]

Sandals looking to add 5,000 members to regional team over the next four years

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has announced that over the next four years, thousands of Caribbean nationals stand to benefit from increased employment and regional training opportunities as it ramps up its Team Member Exchange Programme (TMEXP) and seeks to grow its regional team from 15,000 to 20,000 team members. This follows the […]

Crystal Cruises reports “biggest single-day of bookings” in its history for Bahamas cruise

Global Ports Holding “extremely excited” as cruise industry set to relaunch in The Bahamas NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Crystal Cruises recorded its biggest single-day of bookings in its 30-year history in response to its Bahamas cruise set to launch July 3. According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism, the cruise line saw an extraordinary […]

Royal Caribbean chief: Homeport arrangement could be the start of “something new and exciting”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Royal Caribbean’s chief executive yesterday expressed optimism that its homeporting arrangement to commence in June could be the beginning of something “new and exciting” for the long term, depending on customer response. Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International’s president and chief executive, said during a video conference yesterday that the company believes there […]

“THIS IS A BIG DEAL”: Nassau Cruise Port chief touts economic benefit of Royal Caribbean’s return

“The order book for new cruise lines is very strong despite the pandemic” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nassau Cruise Port’s top executive said yesterday that Royal Caribbean’s return to The Bahamas this June is a “big deal” from an economic standpoint, noting that “every consideration” is being given to the passenger experience as the cruise port […]