Baha Mar’s group bookings for 2023 are outpacing all previous years, while group bookings for the end of the year will soften the reduction of leisure visitors at the resort, Baha Mar President Graeme Davis told Guardian Business.
Davis said summer bookings also remain strong, as the Baha Bay waterpark continues to strengthen the resort’s family appeal.
The important group segment of Baha Mar’s business continues to strengthen since the reopening of the resort amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re still in a safe zone for groups to travel here,” said Davis. The risk management departments within organizations are still approving travel to our destination, so we need to continue doing our part here in the country to keep COVID-19 cases down.
“This has not gone away, we all need to continue maintaining our vigilance in creating a safe environment in order to keep cases down, in order to keep everyone safe… our associates, our guests and our community.
“And so by maintaining a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention level three or below, the group demand continues to remain very strong this year, as well as demand for next year, 2023.”
Davis said Baha Mar is very optimistic about 2023, though there are looming concerns about the health of the US economy.
He added that airlift also remains a concern and is a critical part of the success of the hotel and The Bahamas’ tourism in general.
Davis said with the removal of the COVID-19 testing requirement for vaccinated individuals entering The Bahamas and the discontinuation of the Bahamas travel health visa, summer bookings “can only improve”.
Those entry requirements changed as of yesterday.