Inspired by one of the leading travel health systems in the Caribbean, the Bahamas is experiencing a broad tourism recovery.
In fact, tourism in the Bahamas is recovering every day, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said this week.
Almost 300,000 visitors received a Bahamas Travel Health visa to enter the country in the first five months of 2021, according to D’Aguilar.
Bahamas tourism industry stakeholders told the Caribbean Journal that the country’s recent decision to waive pre-screening requirements for vaccinated travelers is also an important step.
The view from a room at The Reef Resort on Atlantis Paradise Island.
“Everyone sees it,” said D’Aguilar. “The airports are getting busier. The marinas in the Bahamas have never been so busy. The occupancy rate in the hotels is improving and, above all, the tens of thousands of Bahamas who have been on leave due to this pandemic are slowly being called back to work. “
It shows in the numbers.
A total of 294,000 visitors have received health visas, with a dramatic increase in the rate of growth.
The Peace ‘n Plenty Beach Club on Stocking Island.
In January the country approved 22,000 visas; 30,000 in February; 64,000 in March; 68,000 in April and 110,000 in May.
“The rate of increase in their rate of return is phenomenal,” said D’Aguilar. “Tourism is recovering”
And recreation doesn’t just take place in the country’s traditional tourist center in Nassau.
About 60 percent of visitors travel to Nassau while 40 percent visit the Out Islands.
“That confirms to me that the [Out Islands] recover faster than Nassau, ”he said.
In 2019, before the pandemic, the breakdown was 75 percent Nassau and 25 percent Out Islands.
This was led by Eleuthera, mainly Harbor Island, which made up 27 percent of all visitors to the Out Islands, D’Aguilar said, followed by 20 percent to Bimini and Cat Cay and 19 percent to Abaco.
Another 17 percent went to Exuma.
The minister attributed this trend to the demand for secluded vacations in smaller, low-density accommodations, a specialty of the Out Islands.
“That’s exactly what happened,” he said.
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