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Forward bookings for next three months up 8.4%

Forward bookings during the next three months for The Bahamas are 8.4 percent ahead of last year’s numbers for the same period, according to the Ministry of Tourism, which noted that June trended 12.3 percent ahead year-on-year.

“The June ForwardKeys survey, which tracks inbound visitor data, revealed that international arrivals to The Bahamas increased by an impressive 7.1 percent in May, with positive performances from the United States and Canada,” according to a press release from the ministry.

ForwardKeys, a firm that analyzes more than 17 million flight bookings each day, revealed in a report last week that after the deaths of several Americans in the Dominican Republic (DR) received national attention in the U.S., a decline in bookings and a surge in cancellations to the destination were recorded, as bookings to The Bahamas, Jamaica and Aruba began to spike.

“From the 1st June to the 2nd July, bookings for July and August from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic fell by 84.4 percent compared to the equivalent period in 2018,” the report states.

“However, daily data reveals that bookings bottomed on June 19th, two days after the death of Vittorio Caruso, and they exceeded cancellations again on June 26th. In the two months prior to the deaths on 30th May of Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, bookings had been up 2.8 percent.”

According to ForwardKeys data, as bookings to the DR began to decline between June 1-16, bookings to The Bahamas grew by 35.4 percent. And as booking declines for the DR grew to 143 percent, The Bahamas increased by 45.3 percent, though being taken over by Jamaica, which saw an increase in bookings of 54.3 percent.

However, as of Tuesday, the DR has seen those booking declines shrink by about 50 percent, while the increase in related bookings to The Bahamas decreased by about 70 percent.

The Bahamas, though, has seen continued upticks in tourist arrivals since a boom began last year. The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation expects the trend to continue for the rest of 2019.

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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