Minnis: The Bahamas is Roaring Back
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Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said because the country handled the COVID-19 pandemic properly, tourism numbers are soaring at a time when travel demand is high.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Baha Bay, Baha Mar’s beachfront water park, Minnis praised the success of the health protocols as recent tourism arrivals from the United States to the country increase.
“The Bahamas is coming back,” he said.
“Scores of jobs and economic opportunities for Bahamians, including new opportunities, are on the way.
“We are coming back stronger than ever. Indeed, today is yet another wonderful and powerful sign of the recovery and revival of The Bahamas.
“Our major tourism market is the United States of America. They have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, and their economy is growing robustly.
“After over a year and a half of challenges, Americans are ready to travel.
“The Bahamas is a nearby, well-known destination that managed the pandemic well. The sacrifices we made to abide by the public health rules are paying off.”
Minnis said the country is open for business and is preparing to welcome guests at its hotels and vacation rental properties.
“In recent months our visitors have returned in large numbers.
“Airports are busy.
“Resorts are reporting increased occupancy levels.
“Cruise ships have returned – and there are more to come.
“Some ships are even home-porting, bringing added economic benefits to our country for resorts, taxi and tour drivers and other tourism service providers.
“The vacation rental market is experiencing tremendous growth.
Minnis noted the changes to the tourism market before COVID-19 which was based on the winter months and holiday periods. But pent-up travel demands have transformed the country’s tourism market.
“…more and more renters are now seeing bookings throughout the year. This is a very promising sign for Bahamians in the rental market,” he said.