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October stopover visitors up 25 percent over September 

Stopover visitors to The Bahamas grew by more than 25 percent in October compared to September this year, with more than 52,900 visitors for the month, which represent 68.2 percent of the visitors that came in October 2019.

The preliminary numbers from the Ministry of Tourism were shared with the Tourism Analytics website, which charts tourism statistics in the region.

“Of the 52,915 stopover visitors who arrived in October, 47,309 (89.4 percent) were from the USA, with 1,313 coming from Canada and 1,778 from Europe,” notes the website, which received its data from the Ministry of Tourism.

“During October, 42,694 stopover visitors stayed in Nassau/Paradise Island, which was 80.7 percent of all stopovers, with 2,167 stopovers (4.1 percent) staying in Grand Bahama and 8,054 stopovers (15.2 percent) staying in the out islands.”

In total The Bahamas has received 715,453 stopover visitors for the first ten months of the year, a 67 percent increase over the 427,682 stopover visitors recorded in the first ten months of 2020, a period in which the country’s borders were closed for the majority of the time.

“The number of visitors from the USA increased by 95.7 percent in the first ten months, growing from 344,903 stopovers in 2020 to 675,002 stopovers in the first ten months of 2021. The number from Canada fell by 85.6 percent, falling from 42,326 in 2020 to 6,087 in the first ten months of 2021, while the number from Europe fell by 50 percent, falling from 24,447 in 2020 to 12,213 in the first ten months of 2021,” the analytics website states.

“Traffic from the USA in the first ten months of 2021 was 53.1 percent of the total from the USA in the same ten months of 2019. Nassau/Paradise Island saw a 57.8 percent increase in the first ten months of 2021, growing from 318,893 stopovers in the first ten months of 2020 to 503,288 stopovers in the same ten months of 202; while Grand Bahama saw a 63.2 percent increase in stopover traffic, growing from 20,876 stopovers in 2020 to 34,074 in the same ten months of 2021.”

There was a 102 percent increase in stopover traffic to the Out Islands, which grew from 87,913 visitors in 2020 to 178,091 in the first ten months of 2021.

“Traffic to Nassau/Paradise Island in the first ten months of 2021 was 43.7 percent of the total for the same ten months of 2019 while traffic to Grand Bahama was 35.7 percent of the total for the same ten months of 2019, while traffic to the Out Islands was 59.1 percent of the total for the same ten months of 2019.”

Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu has said The Bahamas could see one million total visitor arrivals in 2021 if the current pace of the tourism rebound continues.

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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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