THIS ONE’S ON THE PUBLIC PURSE: Govt covered Dubai travel costs for Shaback, RBPF Band and All-Star Band

No performance fee paid for any of the three groups NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the government covered the cost of travel for three of the groups that performed at Expo 2020 Dubai, it did not pay a service fee for those groups, according to Communications Director Latrae Rahming.  Rahming was responding to questions surrounding the […]

GIVE US THE DEETS: FNM wants breakdown of costs and criteria for Expo 2020

Cultural advocates demand answers over country representation  Dubai participation spearheaded by Christie administration in 2016 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Free National Movement (FNM) yesterday called on the government to give a detailed account of the country’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE, including a justification for how artists and artisans were chosen to participate.  The […]

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 […]

A ‘WIN’ FOR TRAVEL MOMENTUM: Tourism stakeholder lauds suspension of mandatory PCR testing requirement

“It’s a big win for the industry” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism stakeholders have lauded the government’s move to suspend the mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travelers, telling Eyewitness News that it eliminated significant roadblocks to the winter season’s momentum. The mandatory RT-PCR testing was originally expected to take effect on January 7, 2022. Robert […]

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 […]

TRAVEL TROUBLE: MOFA warns Bahamians planning trips abroad not to expect an easy time getting back home

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Rapid antigen test results normally delivered in 1 hour now taking up to 3 days NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamians intending to travel for the holidays should expect delays in obtaining COVID test results, flight cancelations and unexpected costs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cautioned yesterday. A statement containing the warning noted: […]

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 […]