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Awards highlight Bahamas’ 2018 tourism performance

The Bahamas has seen “universal” growth in 2018, with visitor numbers not only increasing in the traditional tourist areas of Nassau and Paradise Island, but also in the Family Islands, regional news website Caribbean Journal reported, as it bestowed on The Bahamas both the Best Caribbean Destination and Best Caribbean Tourism Minister awards.

According to a release from the Ministry of Tourism on the awards, Caribbean Journal noted that The Bahamas has the most “impressive” growth in the region for 2018.

“While several destinations have had particularly strong growth in 2018, none has been more impressive, or more broadly impactful, than The Bahamas,” Caribbean Journal officials said in the release.

“That’s because while the destination has seen surging airlift growth, and a powerful increase in arrivals, thanks to the full-fledged debut of the Baha Mar mega-resort, this year has seen something unique for the destination: universal growth.

“That means growth that has been felt beyond the traditional pole of Nassau and New Providence. Indeed, islands across the Out Islands, and crucially, Grand Bahama, are seeing strong growth; a clear sign that The Bahamas’ tourism growth is being realized across 700 islands and cays. And that’s a very powerful thing.”

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has reported stopover arrival growth this year of about 18 percent from January to October. The release stated that travel website Expedia.com has reported room night sales for The Bahamas are up by 30 percent “and forward bookings are up by 9.2 percent”.

Caribbean Journal highlighted the role of Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar in the tourism industry’s 2018 success.

“While The Bahamas’ impressive growth has come from myriad sources, the destination’s surge has been expertly stewarded by Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar, who took over in the role in 2017,” Caribbean Journal officials said in the release.

“From adding new hotels to helping to secure crucial new flights to, importantly, making a concerted effort to give The Bahamas an active regional presence in the Caribbean, both at the public and private sector levels, D’Aguilar has been at the heart of the country’s impressive growth.”

Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering Caribbean travel and tourism. 

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Chester Robards

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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