The Bahamas Saw a Record-Breaking Number of Visitors in 2018
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Have you visited the Bahamas in the past year? If so, it’s partially thanks to you that the island nation is celebrating a record-breaking number of international visitors.
According to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the islands received 6.62 million visitors in 2018, up from 6.13 million in 2017.
International arrivals grew 15% in January 2019 versus January 2018. February saw an 11.1% year-over-year growth in the number of arrivals, and bookings for the next three months are up 9%. Air capacity, cruise ship arrivals and hotel revenue all rose in 2018. In particular, hotel room revenue rose by 34%, the highest growth in the past 10 years.
“It is my great pride and pleasure to report that the Bahamas is experiencing its strongest tourism numbers ever on record,” Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said in a statement.
Indeed, the past year has seen the Bahamas receive a wealth of media coverage. 2018 was also the first full year of operation for Baha Mar, the megaresort on Nassau that encompasses three luxury hotels, a casino, an art gallery, shops and some 30 restaurants and bars. The complex started opening in stages in 2017, but it wasn’t until last June that the highly anticipated Rosewood Baha Mar finally made its debut.
“Since opening in 2017, the resort destination has experienced occupancy levels far surpassing our projections throughout 2018 and the early months of 2019, and we’re looking ahead at a continued upward pace,” Graeme Davis, president of Baha Mar, told TPG. “In working closely with The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, we’ve witnessed the extraordinary excitement about Baha Mar and The Bahamas from global travelers, and celebrate together the record numbers in visitors to our spectacularly beautiful islands. Baha Mar is proud to contribute to the overall successes in tourism and in sharing the Bahamas with the world.”
Featured photo courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
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