WE SAID NO: Minnis said his Cabinet rejected travel for Expo 2020 initiative

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister Hubert Minnis yesterday castigated the Davis administration over its level of participation in the global cultural exchange Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE. Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis and the delegation traveled to Dubai yesterday. On the heels of public criticism over the Bahamian delegation’s trip to Dubai for Expo 2020, […]

MINIMAL RISK FACTOR: UK official doesn’t foresee travel advisories against Bahamas…for now

Dickson: There is a weekly review process given changing nature of pandemic NASSAU, BAHAMAS — British High Commissioner to The Bahamas Sarah Dickson said on Thursday that she does not anticipate the United Kingdom changing its travel rating for The Bahamas. This despite an ongoing surge of cases that has been attributed to the omicron […]

FLIGHTS STILL STEADY: No major cancelations at LPIA due to COVID surge, says NAD

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Nassau Airport Development Company’s (NAD) top executive said yesterday the airport operator has not seen any pullback or significant cancelations attributable to the surge in COVID-19 cases. NAD President and CEO Vernice Walkine told Eyewitness News: “We have not seen any pullback or any significant cancelations that can be attributed to […]

BACK TO LEVEL THREE: CDC flags rising COVID-19 infections, US State dept warns to reconsider travel

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The US State Department is again warning its citizens to reconsider travel to The Bahamas in an increased travel advisory prompted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raising the country to a Level 3 due to the high level of infections. Health officials recorded 315 cases on Monday, taking […]

HIT THE BRAKES: Ministry of Tourism suspends mandatory RT-PCR testing for entry of fully vaxxed travelers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas has suspended the planned mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travelers, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The policy turnaround follows a warning last week from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that advised Bahamians to expect delays in obtaining COVID test results and flight cancelations during the holiday period due […]

SHORT-LIVED TAKE-OFF: Air Canada to suspend Exuma service less than a month after its launch

Omicron variant cited as reason for flight cancelation  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Just weeks after resuming its service into Exuma, Air Canada will suspend that service at the end of this month due to the impact of the global worldwide increase in COVID-19 cases. Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper noted: “Worldwide, we have […]

DON’T YIELD JUST YET: DPM warns against being ‘lulled to sleep’ by improved CDC travel advisory

Cooper says improving rating “good for business” but threat of omicron persists NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper yesterday warned that this nation ought not be “lulled to sleep” by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) decision to lower The Bahamas’ COVID-19 Travel Risk Advisory Rating […]

KICKED TO THE CURB: No more travel health visa for Bahamian citizens and residents

Travel health visa requirement still in place for visitors Cooper hints manual immigration landing card to be axed “in due course” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Chester Cooper advised in Parliament yesterday that beginning December 13, Bahamians and residents will no longer require health visas to return home. The travel visa, however, will remain in […]

NO SWEAT: Omicron developments likely to have minimal impact on holiday tourism season, says DPM

Cooper notes omicron has not been shown to be more dangerous than delta variant NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism, Investments and Aviation Minister Chester Cooper said yesterday that the Ministry of Tourism is closely monitoring reports of the COVID-19 omicron variant in order to shift with the latest data, noting that there is likely to be […]

KEEPING OMICRON OUT: Govt may tighten travel testing requirements in light of new COVID variant

Bahamas could return to PCR test requirements for travel amid omicron fears Samples to be sent abroad for testing to determine whether new variant already in country NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is considering tightening up travel protocols amidst the detection of a new COVID-91 variant, said Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Michael Darville […]

STRONG PERFORMANCE CONTINUES: Vacation rental room nights sold double again

Air arrivals up to 80.1% of 2019 figures NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The vacation rental market continues to perform strongly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with recent data from the Central Bank revealing that total room nights sold more than doubled during the month of October. The regulator, in its monthly economic and financial developments report for […]

OMICRON CONCERN ON THE RISE: Govt bans travel from 8 African countries in light of new COVID variant

Bahamian citizens and residents allowed to return but must quarantine at their own expense Sands: We ought to expect a fourth wave NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Health has advised that new travel restrictions have been placed on eight southern African countries amidst the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant called omicron.  Those countries […]

TAKING IT TO ATHLETICS: Bahamas govt to promote more sporting events as part of tourism offering, says DPM

DPM: We are looking for more and more events like Baha Mar Hoops NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The promotion of marquee sporting events will be a critical part of this nation’s tourism product moving forward, according to Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper. He noted that the recent Baha Mar Hoops tournament generated more than 5,000 room nights. […]

POISED FOR SUCCESS: Bahamas on course for ‘rapid rebound’ in tourist arrivals, says PM

Davis: The climate for investment and tourism continues to improve every day NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas is on course to experience a “rapid rebound” in tourist arrivals to pre-pandemic levels, according to Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis. Davis, who was addressing the Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) at Grand Hyatt Baha […]

LPIA earns ACI Health Accreditation for second year in a row

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — On October 29, 2021, Airports Council International (ACI) awarded Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) its COVID-19 Health Accreditation for the second year in a row. The country’s major gateway joins more than 400 facilities from around the world that met the industry’s criteria for safe operations in a COVID-19 environment. Earning the […]