Thinking about a winter trip to the Bahamas? Now would be a good time to plan — and book — that vacation. Tourism in the Bahamas is currently booming, and further growth is predicted for 2023. According to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, air and sea arrivals to the Bahamas are up 515.6 percent this year compared to the same period in 2021. This boom comes as the country works hard to return to pre-pandemic levels.
2023 Tourism Is Expected To Top 2019’s Record-Setting Levels
Overall, the country is seeing a tourism boom two years after the pandemic began. Indeed, 2019 was a banner year for the Bahamas tourism industry, with the country attracting 7.2 million visitors, including nearly five million cruise passengers and two million stopover visitors.
Bahama tourism officials expect 2023 tourism will exceed 2019 levels. They plan to increase the number of stopover visitors who are drawn by new and renovated hotels, i.e., the expansion and relaunch at Sandals Royal Bahamian, the relaunch of Club Med in San Salvador, the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve in South Eleuthera, and the return of Grand Bahama Grand Lucayan.
The Biggest Growth May Come From Florida
The biggest growth area may come from Florida, the Bahamas’ largest — and closest — source market. Each year, the Bahamas welcomes approximately 500,000 stopover visitors from Florida. The goal is to double that number.
Why target Florida? There are 22 million Floridians, and It’s a 30-minute flight to the Bahamas. The Bahamas is an easy destination, and the new and renovated hotels will make the trip even more attractive.
All Bahama Island Destinations To Benefit From Increased Tourism
Who knew that the Bahamas has 16 full-fledged island destinations? The plan is to spread the growth of tourism across the archipelago. To accommodate the expected boom in tourism, the country is making big investments in infrastructure, including destinations like Exuma, which is seeing a new wave of development.
Tourism Promotion Will Feature The Bahamian People, Culture, And Heritage
The Bahamian people are expected to be the stars of this burgeoning tourism. Officials will promote a vibrant future focused on the Bahamian people, culture, and heritage. The plan is to step up meaningful investments and sustainability, including the return of cultural events and festivals.
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