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Strong tourism rebound projected in first quarter of 2020

Prior to Hurricane Dorian, the country was poised to experience record-breaking visitor arrivals this year, however numbers are now pegged to come in much lower. FILE

While The Bahamas will miss its tourism goals for 2019 due to Hurricane Dorian, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said he expects a strong rebound in the first quarter of 2020 – as much as two percent.

“As we go into 2020 we expect the rebound to continue and certainly in the first quarter, if not flat up one or two percent, that’s what our forward projections at this time are telling us. That’s very good because, if you look at destinations like Puerto Rico and St. Maarten, 15 to 20 months out from the storm they were only at 70 percent pre-hurricane levels after Hurricane Maria,” D’Aguilar told Guardian Business.

“We are already back to 80 percent pre-Dorian levels, so we are bouncing back. “

Prior to the monster hurricane, which leveled parts of northern Bahamas, the country was poised to experience record-breaking visitor arrivals this year, however numbers are now pegged to come in much lower.

Still, tourism numbers are stronger than they were a year ago. Last month, the Ministry of Tourism said forward bookings for the last three months of the year were ahead one percent over last year, with October seeing a 3.2 percent increase.

Paige McCartney

Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas.
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News
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