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Forward bookings for int’l arrivals up 9.8%

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) reported that moving into the typically slow tourism season, forward bookings in regards to international arrivals for the period July to September are 9.8 percent ahead of the same period last year.

MOTA’s “What’s New in The Bahamas” newsletter revealed that bookings for July to September are 9.8 percent ahead of the same period last year. 

The numbers, which were gleaned from MOTA’s booking information system ForwardKeys, also showed that international arrivals to The Bahamas increased 13.9 percent in June and 9.4 percent in the first half of the year.

The newsletter further revealed that The Bahamas will be hoping to gain bookings in November through its first ever hosting of the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship.

A write-up on the personal watercraft event on P1 AquaX’s website quotes Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar as saying: “World-class events such as this championship drive tourism and create global exposure for our beautiful islands and destinations. We look forward to showcasing Bahamian culture and our remarkable natural resources to a global audience.”

According to P1 AquaX’s website, Atlantis will host the three-day event, which will mark the climax of the fourteen-event international P1 AquaX season.

“The P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship will feature the top forty professional riders who qualify through performances in national and continental race series,” the P1 AquaX website states.

Atlantis President and Managing Director Audrey Oswell said Atlantis is looking forward to hosting the event and welcoming the competitors.

“The race course runs through the heart of Nassau Harbor, which is an ideal and central setting for our local community and visitors to Nassau/Paradise Island to experience the thrill and spectacle of this up and coming and extremely exciting sport,” she said in the write-up.

The newsletter also revealed that The Bahamas has been hailed in a Bloomberg article as the top destination for travelers arriving by private jet.

“More than two-thirds of private jet arrivals to The Bahamas originated in the U.S. or Canada,” the newsletter states.

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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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