Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) is exhibiting at World Travel Market 2023, 6-8 November, with a delegation led by the Director General, Latia Duncombe.
With tourism to the 16 unique island destinations booming, the BMOTIA delegation is looking ahead to an even more successful 2024, with a strengthened tourism product and exciting investment developments in the works.
The Bahamas’ tourism boom
In the period January-August 2023, The Bahamas welcomed a record number of visitors to its isles, positively surpassing 2022’s numbers by 53.5% and outperforming the same period in 2019 by 30.5%, previously regarded as The Bahamas banner year for tourism.
In the UK, visitors to The Bahamas has grown by 21% in the first three quarters of 2023 (January to September), when compared to the same period in 2022.
The Bahamas 50th anniversary of independence
The Bahamas continues to celebrate its 50th year of independence following the official festivities this summer, 10th July.
The Bahamas bolsters burgeoning cruise industry with new Nassau Cruise Terminal
After three years of construction, the reimagined Nassau Cruise Port opened its doors in May 2023 to cruisers sailing to Nassau, the vibrant capital city of the archipelago. Featuring a sixth berth and new terminal building, the revitalised port is now home to a Junkanoo museum, event and entertainment spaces, a 3,500-seat amphitheatre, a living coral exhibit, local stores and new food and beverage facilities.
Record flights from the UK to The Bahamas
In March 2023, British Airways launched a new flight route to Nassau, capital of The Bahamas. Further opening up the Caribbean Island’s accessibility, it is now served by the largest number of flights from the UK in its aviation history.
UK passengers have the choice of daily flights each week, six with British Airways and three with Virgin Atlantic, taking them directly to Nassau, the gateway to the islands of The Bahamas.
The iconic British Colonial hotel is set to reopen
Following its closure in 2021, The Bahamas is delighted to welcome back the legendary British Colonial hotel to its accommodation stock in Nassau, New Providence Island.
With a complete transformation to the property, the British Colonial will reopen in December 2023 where it will showcase a redesign of all guest rooms, public spaces, amenities and onsite programmes. An exciting time for Nassau, the boutique property has been a key part of the Nassau hotel scene for over 100 years and is set to once again welcome guests to enjoy its relaxed luxury in the heart of Bay Street.