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Forward bookings up despite  post-Dorian uncertainty

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) has revealed that despite the uncertainty in The Bahamas’ tourism product post-Hurricane Dorian, forward bookings for the next three months are ahead of the previous year by one percent, with this month alone more robust by 3.2 percent year-on-year.

An MOTA release noted that while “Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos continue to recover from Hurricane Dorian, the 14 unaffected islands of The Bahamas aren’t slowing down”.

MOTA said new airlift from Boston and Canada as well as new on-island experiences and development projects will continue to usher visitors into The Bahamas.

“Air Canada has increased its airlift from Montreal to Nassau beginning December 20, 2019,” the release stated.

“The non-stop service will increase operations from twice a week to four times a week.

“Starting December 21, 2019, new daily non-stop Delta flights will operate from Boston’s Logan Airport to Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport. Flights will run through April 30, 2020.”

Additionally, tourism website WhereverFamily recently recognized The Bahamas as the best family-friendly Caribbean island, “giving travelers even more incentive to book their Bahamian getaway now”.

The release also explained that international arrivals to The Bahamas increased year-on-year by 13.2 percent in August, just before Hurricane Dorian struck Abaco and Grand Bahama.

“Air capacity increased by 17.2 percent in August, with growth of 12.6 percent in the U.S.,” the release noted.

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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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