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 […]

WHO stands with African nations and calls for borders to remain open

“With the omicron variant now detected in several regions of the world, putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity” BRAZZAVILLE, REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO — The World Health Organization (WHO) is discouraging flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron COVID-19 variant. Over the weekend, The […]

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 […]

VAX NEEDED FOR STATESIDE TRAVEL: Updated requirements for air travelers to the United States

Foreign national travelers 18 and older must be vaccinated and test negative; those 2-17 must test negative AstraZeneca accepted NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new order for all air passengers traveling to the United States. Starting on November 8, foreign national air travelers — ie those […]

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 […]

The Association of Bahamas Marinas announces the 2022 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM), in conjunction with the International Yacht Brokerage Association (IYBA) and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, is proud to announce the 2022 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show (BCYS), to be held in Nassau, Bahamas, from February 24 to 27, 2022. The 2022 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show […]

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 […]

Bahamas staves off UK red list, but has a higher COVID positivity rate than some regional red listers

Bahamas positivity rate stands at 19% NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas has staved off being included on the United Kingdom’s travel red list, despite having a higher coronavirus positivity rate than some regional red listers. The UK revised its travel list on September 17. The Bahamas remains on its amber list. Another revision on the […]

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 […]