What’s New In The Bahamas For October

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, October 1, 2019 – As Grand Bahama Island and The Abacos continue to recover from Hurricane Dorian, the 14 unaffected Islands Of The Bahamas aren’t slowing down. With new airlift from Boston and Canada, new on-island experiences and development projects in the works, The Bahamas are ready to welcome visitors with open arms. Additionally, WhereverFamily recently recognized The Islands as the Best Family-Friendly Caribbean Island, giving travelers even more incentive to book their Bahamian getaway now.

NEWS

International Arrivals See a Steady Climb – International arrivals to The Bahamas increased by 13.2% in August. The forward booking situation for the next three months shows bookings ahead by 1.0%, with October showing 3.2% ahead. Air capacity increased by 17.2% in August, with a growth of 12.6% in the U.S. The post-Hurricane Dorian booking pace will be made available next month.

The Bahamas Brings Home Gold in the 2019 WhereverAwards – For the second consecutive year, readers of WhereverFamily have voted The Bahamas the Best Family-Friendly Caribbean Island in the publication’s 2019 WhereverAwards. Bahamas resort, Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, also won the Best Family-Friendly Individual Hotel and Best Family-Friendly Hotel Kids Club categories.

$100M Cruise Port Coming to Freeport – The Bahamas signed two agreements with Carnival Corporation for a $100M cruise port development in Freeport and an $80M expansion of Half Moon Cay. The agreement comes after Hurricane Dorian and will aid the island’s restoration and recovery.

Increased International Airlift to Nassau – Air Canada has increased its airlift from Montreal to Nassau beginning December 20, 2019. The non-stop service will increase operations from twice a week to four times a week. Starting December 21, 2019, new daily nonstop Delta flights will operate from Boston’s Logan Airport to Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport. Flights will run through April 30, 2020.

Airbnb Experiences Expand in The Bahamas – The home-sharing platform is expanding Airbnb Experiences in The Bahamas. Visitors, led by local experts, can get an inside look into The Bahamas’ hidden gems, traditions, history and culture. From exploring blue holes to learning

about the importance of Junkanoo, Airbnb is helping visitors discover why It’s Better in The Bahamas.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Come and Enjoy the View of Long Island – Explore the Out Island with Bahamasair for as low as $381 per person. Three days and 2 nights airfare and hotel included.

Exuma Marathon 2019 at Grand Isle Resort – Stay at Grand Isle Resort for the Exuma Marathon on November 9, 2019 and save up to 35% on your reservation.

Heartbeat at Harbour Island – Celebrate Valentine’s Day all year round at Valentines Residences Resort & Marina with a luxury one-bedroom suite, daily breakfast in the restaurant and dinner for two, with a bottle of wine.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Stay up-to-date with the latest events and happenings in The Bahamas: www.bahamas.com/events

The P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship (November 8 – November 10) – Atlantis, Paradise Island will play host to professional watercraft competitors, representing 12 countries for the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championships. Additional festivities will include a nearby Race Village with live music, local bands, food and activities for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at www.atlantisbahamas.com/p1-aquax.

Bahamas Hoopfest (November 27 – November 30) – In partnership with International Youth Education & Sports Foundation, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation will be hosting the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Classic in Nassau this year. This will be the first women’s basketball event of its kind to be hosted in The Bahamas. View fan packages here.

The Jonas Brothers at Atlantis (December 30) – GRAMMY-nominated band, the Jonas Brothers, will perform at Atlantis, Paradise Island on December 30, 2019. The performance is a part of the resort’s acclaimed entertainment series Atlantis LIVE. This will be the multiplatinum trio’s fifth time performing for Atlantis LIVE and 10 years since their last Atlantis performance. Tickets are available for purchase at jonasbrothersatlantis.com.

ABOUT THE BAHAMAS

With over 700 islands and cays, and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy fly away escape that transports travelers away from their everyday. It’s also easy to get to The Bahamas from Canada by traveling on Air Canada or Westjet. The Islands Of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and beaches waiting for families, couples and adventurers. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It’s Better in The Bahamas.

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PRESS INQUIRIES

Anita Johnson-Patty

General Manager, Global Communications

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation ajohnson@bahamas.com

Weber Shandwick

Public Relations Bahamas@webershandwick.com