Bookings data reveals summer travel numbers will be 81 percent of 2019 

Travel data compiled by bookings analytics company Forward Keys has revealed that The Bahamas is set to see 81 percent of its air arrival volumes of 2019 during the summer of 2021.

According to its most recent research on booking data for flights between June 1 and August 31, the Caribbean is the only region poised to have a healthy summer travel season, with bookings for summer also accounting for 81 percent of 2019 volumes. This is vastly higher than the outlook for other regions like Europe, which is set to see 22 percent of 2019 volumes, Africa and the Middle East is at 31 percent, the Asia Pacific region is at seven percent and the rest of the Americas is at 38 percent.

Global international travel is expected to be at 23 percent of 2019 volumes.

“The one region in the world where a significant amount of international travel is taking place is the Americas. This is driven mostly by US citizens traveling to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for a holiday,” Forward Keys noted in release on its summer travel research.

“Latin Americans are also going to the USA for a COVID-19 vaccination. Destinations performing strongly in the summer bookings stakes include Mexico (86 percent of 2019 levels), the Dominican Republic (83 percent), and Aruba (108 percent), which have steadfastly remained open to tourists.

“The Bahamas (81 percent) and Puerto Rico (140 

percent) are allowing vaccinated travelers to enter without restrictions.”

The Bahamas being used as a new home port for cruise lines is also a contributing factor to increased bookings, as thousands of cruise passengers are expected to fly into the country before heading off on a Royal Caribbean cruise or Crystal cruise.

There were 361,194 visitors arriving to the country by air during the third quarter of 2019.

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Paige McCartney

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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