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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

MORE SAILINGS AHEAD: Crystal Cruises to add more Bahamas voyages in fall and through winter

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas will add three new Crystal Cruises voyages starting this fall and into the peak winter season, with the cruise line announcing a new series of sailings aboard the Crystal Symphony. The first addition is a seven-night, Bound for Paradise voyage, which commences November 26 from New York City to Nassau, calling […]

“WE HAVE TO BE MORE CAUTIOUS”: Govt hopes to mitigate virus spread with new cruise regulations, says minister

“If you want to come to The Bahamas (by cruise), you have to be vaccinated” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is hoping to mitigate any potential spread of the COVID-19 virus from cruise passengers with its latest regulations calling for all passengers 12 and older to be fully vaccinated, according to Tourism and Aviation Minister […]

BATED BREATH: Bahamas officials await pending COVID-related changes to US policy for international travelers

Biden administration reportedly considering barring non-vaccinated international travelers from entering the USA “The state department and White House have not yet finalized the policy” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie said yesterday Bahamian officials are monitoring and awaiting a change in policy for the US to require proof of vaccination […]

MORE TRAVELERS INCOMING: Virgin Atlantic to introduce twice-weekly flights to Bahamas this winter

Virgin rep says company looks forward to expanding Caribbean portfolio  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Virgin Atlantic has added a twice-weekly service from London’s Heathrow airport to The Bahamas beginning this winter, the airline has announced. According to the airline, the new services are aimed at responding to the pent-up demand for Caribbean destinations. The twice-weekly services […]

ROMANCE, DISCOVERY & EXPLORATION AWAIT: Sandals opens bookings for its entry into Curaçao

Resort debuts as Sandals Royal Curaçao; offers limited-time savings and unveils plans for several Sandals “firsts” SANTA BARBARA, CURAÇAO — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) yesterday unveiled new details for its flagship brand’s highly anticipated 16th resort and the company’s first venture into Curaçao, the newly named Sandals Royal Curaçao. The brand is offering guests a […]

UPHILL STRUGGLE: CBOB projects Bahamian economy won’t achieve pre-pandemic activity levels before 2023

Rolle: Economy is experiencing moderately higher inflation “Recovery is projected to continue, with much stronger growth in 2022 than in 2021” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Central Bank has projected that the Bahamian economy will not achieve pre-pandemic levels of activity before 2023. According to Central Bank Governor John Rolle, the Bahamian economy began a slow […]