North America’s largest retail travel company, Travel Leaders Group, is assisting The Bahamas with attracting travelers back to The Bahamas after the passage of Hurricane Dorian, with its “Travel Helps The Bahamas” initiative.
Travel Leaders represents 50,000 travel advisors and its initiative in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOT) is designed to “encourage travelers to visit the unaffected islands of the island nation”, according to a release.
The company announced in another release last week an initiative with Royal Caribbean International that offers an exclusive package providing travelers with up to $100 of onboard spending money on Royal Caribbean cruises “that visit Nassau and/or Perfect Day at Coco Cay in The Bahamas.”
According to that release, the offer is combinable with most Royal Caribbean promotions but can only be booked through an affiliate.
Travel Leaders Group Chief Executive Officer Ninan Chacko said the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama and Abaco has affected not only the Bahamian people, but also anyone who loves The Bahamas.
“We grieve for those who lost their lives, their family members and their homes and businesses and want to help in the best way we can to foster tourism to The Bahamas and minimize the economic impact on the country’s most important industry,” he said.
MOT executives have been traveling to numerous locations to ensure that The Bahamas’ key tourism markets understand that the entire country was not affected by Dorian and that many other islands are still open for business to visitors.
And while Abaco is still reeling from the effects of the storm, Grand Bahama received its first leisure visitors this past weekend through the sailing of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to the island. The island’s tourism promotion body has officially classified Grand Bahama as open for business.
An MOT release issued yesterday explained that tourism executives were recently in Montreal, Canada, to speak to top travel agents and journalists and deliver the message that The Bahamas is open for business and ready to welcome Canadian travelers following Hurricane Dorian.
“In partnership with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar and Tourism Deputy Director General Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson provided key destination updates and offered travel industry media and partners critical education in the wake of Hurricane Dorian,” the release stated.
“The MOT leaders reinforced the fact that while two Bahamian Islands, Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos, are rebuilding after the devastation caused by the storm, there are still 14 unaffected Islands, including Nassau/Paradise Island and the Out Islands, that are open for business and ready to welcome visitors for a tropical getaway.”
Tourism executives continue to explain to the rest of the world that the best way they can help The Bahamas rebuild following the devastating hurricane, is to visit the country.
“In addition to planning a trip to The Bahamas, monetary donations to a reputable relief organization are most critical at this time for the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island,” the release stated.
“Those who wish to contribute can find a list of The Bahamas’ verified partners at www.bahamas.com/relief.”