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Tact And Strategy Needed Over Tourism Promotion

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The Bahamas must "tactfully and strategically" promote it is open for business ahead of the all-important winter tourism season's November start, a top hotelier says.

Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice-president of government and external affairs, backed the strategy set by Dionisio D'Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, and his ministry in a bid to "arrest the double digit booking fall" caused by Hurricane Dorian's fall-out.

Mr Sands told Tribune Business: "The strategy is certainly the right one; the best way to make reservations and support touristic properties in the islands that have not have been affected by Dorian. Principally the message is that The Bahamas is an archipelagic country with many islands from north to south, and 14 other main islands are still available.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2019 09:31 Read more...
 

The push for post-Dorian employment opportunities

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Getting people back to fled Grand Bahama and the Abacos after Hurricane Dorian back to work is a monumental challenge.

But cheers to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) which, in tandem with public and private sector tourism partners in the region and South Florida, launched "Tourism Jobs for Bahamians" to secure temporary employment for workers displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

The storm blew more than 2,500 hospitality professionals out of work on Grand Bahama and the Abacos, eliminating jobs that were supporting more than 10,000 family members in these islands, according to the CHTA.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2019 09:29 Read more...
 

Open For Business

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Nassau Paradise Island was unaffected by the recent storm. Our thoughts and support are with our neighbors that were severely impacted, The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island.

Nassau Paradise Island is open for business. All hotels, resorts, and attractions are open and welcoming visitors, and it’s business as usual for the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Where did Hurricane Dorian impact The Bahamas?

The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands and cays that are spread over a large area in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s about 600 miles from the northernmost island, Grand Bahama Island, and the southernmost, Inagua Island. From the westernmost point, Cay Sal, to the easternmost island of San Salvador, it is a distance of around 400 miles. For context, it would take a jet plane an hour to fly from one end of the Bahamian archipelago to the other.

Sadly, Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. These islands are located 132 miles and 86 miles, respectively, from Nassau Paradise Island. The Central and South Central Bahamas Regions (including Nassau Paradise Island, Eleuthera & Harbour Island, Andros, The Exumas, San Salvador, etc.), fortunately, were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2019 14:29
 

Impact of Hurricane Dorian on Tourism Sector Business

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Message From The President of BHTA:

Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) members including those in the hotel sector, have reported that the pace of forward bookings has softened, in some cases significantly, when compared to bookings for the same period last year.

“A number of factors, including the severity of the impact of Dorian on Grand Bahama and Abaco, the subsequent widespread coverage and the lack of understanding of Bahama Islands geography, has resulted in a marked impact on business, which is unfortunate but not unanticipated. This is certainly the case for Nassau, Paradise Island,” states Carlton Russell, President of the BHTA.

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BHTA President: Impact Unfortunate But Anticipated

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Tourism industry stakeholders are reporting that forward bookings in the wake of Hurricane Dorian has ‘softened’ when compared to the same period last year.

According to the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), its membership including those in the hotel sector, have reported that “the pace of forward bookings has softened, in some cases significantly, when compared to bookings for the same period last year”.

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