The Islands Of The Bahamas continue to have a spectacular year with a steady growth in tourism overall. When visiting throughout October, travelers can expect to see enticing travel deals, rich local and cultural events and new offerings across the islands. New hotel developments and upcoming local and international events make it an exciting time to visit The Bahamas.

NEWS FROM THE BAHAMAS

The Bahamas Hosted SOTIC 2018 – The Islands Of The Bahamas hosted this year’s State of Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) at Atlantis, Paradise Island on October 1-5, 2018. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar and Director General Joy Jibrilu addressed key issues and opportunities for enhancing tourism in the region in their final year as Chairman and Director of the Board of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, respectively. Industry professionals, policymakers and strategic partners from the public and private sectors throughout the Caribbean gathered for a week of events, discussions and ideation surrounding this year’s theme: “Rejuvenate, Recreate, Reconnect. New Directions for Caribbean Tourism.”

Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour Expansion – As part of the rejuvenation of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour has received approval to move forward with their plans for a new development called Grande Harbour at Old Bahama Bay Resort. The current plans include 460 luxury condos, stunning infinity pools, a lavish spa, two restaurants, athletic courts, a convention hall with venue space, a 78 slip Dockaminium with extended dockage for mega yachts and much more. Grande Harbour will also include a community hurricane shelter for resort employees, their families and West End residents. The expansion is expected to bring to the island, roughly 900 construction jobs and full-time employment for over 300 persons.

World Junior Judo Championships To Be Held In Nassau – From October 17-21, Nassau will host the World Junior Judo Championships at the Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort, where qualified judoka will compete as representatives of their home countries. Over 670 athletes, coaches and delegates from more than 70 countries are expected to visit Nassau and attend the championships. This sporting event has the potential to be the largest single-sport sporting event ever hosted in the country, with a positive economic impact due to the volume of visitors.

Sandals Resorts International Eliminates Single-Use Plastic – Nassau’s Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and all other 18 Sandals and Beaches properties throughout the Caribbean islands will eliminate single-use plastic straws and stirrers by November 1, 2018. Sandals is among the recent uprising of companies committing to environmental sustainability to help save wildlife and promote cleaner oceans.

MEDIA ACCOLADES

Nominations for World’s Best Cruise and Wedding Destination – The Bahamas has been nominated for two exciting World Travel Award titles, World’s Leading Cruise Destination and the World’s Leading Wedding Destination. The World Travel Awards is recognized globally as a hallmark of quality with winners setting the benchmark to which others aspire. Both travel professionals and consumers are encouraged to vote, ensuring that only the most deserving organizations walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. Voting is open until October 24 here.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

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

Baha Mar Casino and Hotel Deals – Baha Mar hotels, including Grand Hyatt, SLS and Rosewood, are incentivizing travelers to upgrade their beach vacation with a variety of new hotel offerings and value-driven packages.

  • SLS Baha Mar Taste of SBE – Stay at SLS Baha Mar and receive complimentary bites & sips from their best-in-class SBE hospitality group’s Bahamas restaurants and bars including Katsuya, Fi’lia, Cleo, Bungalow Pool and Monkey Bar. Offer valid now using promo code “TASTE”.
  • SLS Baha Mar Sisterhood’s Latest Sin – Grab your closest friends and book your next stay at SLS Baha Mar. This package includes a complimentary bottle of rosé sparkling wine in room on arrival, a $500 credit at Privilege day club and $500 credit in Bond nightclub with Champagne toasts. Offer valid now using promo code “PKGGIRL”.
  • SLS Baha Mar Smart Little Savings – Stay for three nights but only pay the price of two when booking with this offer, available for a limited time only. Offer valid now using promo code “Stay3”.
  • Rosewood Baha Mar Stay and Play – When booking three nights or more, guests can enjoy daily unlimited golf, including a guarantee of at least one tee time perday during peak hours at Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar. Offer valid for bookings made by November 20, 2018 for stays until December 20, 2018. 
  • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar The Grand Escape – Plan an unforgettable fall getaway with the Grand Escape package for two. This package for two includes $150 food and beverage credit, one round of golf with complimentary golf cart for two, one hour of tennis court time for two, a 60-minute couple's massage for the price of a single and one complimentary morning fitness class. A three-night minimum stay is required. Offer is valid now for stays through December 20, 2018 using promo code “FALL” at the time of booking.

Balearia Caribbean Ferry BOGO Overnight – This fall, you can swim, relax and check out the crystal-clear waters of The Bahamas with a friend. Purchase one roundtrip overnight ferry ticket from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport and the second ticket is FREE. Offer valid until October 29, 2018 for travel until October 31, 2018.

Gems at Paradise Resort Fall in Love with Paradise – Book now through October 14, 2018 to receive 20% off a two-night stay or longer at Long Island’s Gems at Paradise Resort. Offer valid on travel before June 30, 2019.

Abaco Beach Resort Bonfire – Book six nights and receive a beachside dinner for two, bonfire and room upgrade including bottle of sparkling wine, equaling an $800 value. Offer is valid until November 30, 2018 for travel until December 15, 2018 using promo code “BONFIRE”.

 

Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board's Air/Cruise Credit Offer – Travelers from the United States and Canada can pre-book an air/cruise ferry-inclusive vacation for four consecutive nights or longer at a participating Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board member hotel and get up to a $250 Air/Cruise Ferry Credit. Guests must book between October 15 and November 12, 2018 for travel before June 30, 2019. Blackout dates apply.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise-and-Stay – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is offering its first-ever vacation package that combines a cruise ship experience with a resort stay. The offer is valid on cruises between the Port of Palm Beach and Freeport, where guests are able to stop over for two or four nights at one of four participating island resorts.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

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Wild Hog Festival & Tournament – From October 5-8, 2018, Long Island will host the first-ever “Wild Hog Fest & Tournament,” which encompasses agri-tourism, recreation and a food fair all rolled into an exciting cultural event. Long Island’s Wild Hog Fest is expected to become a major event over the years, calling visitors from all parts of the world to come to Long Island for this event. www.bahamas.com/event/wild-hog-festival-tournament

North Eleuthera Sailing Regatta – Held in the waters between Harbour Island and Eleuthera, the North Eleuthera Sailing Regatta features Bahamian sailors who compete to see who is the fastest in Class A, B, and C sailing sloops. Regatta celebrations will include cultural shows, live band performances, native music, food and drinks. www.bahamas.com/event/north-eleuthera-sailing-regatta

South Andros Mars Bay Conch Festival – This annual festival will take place on October 6-8, 2018 at Mars Bay Blue Hole Beach and Mars Bay Community Park in South Andros. The Mars Bay Conch Festival will highlight the history and culture of "conching" in South Andros and feature a variety of indigenous cultural activities that emphasize the conch, such as conch cracking contest, conch gathering, fastest conch salad maker competition and more.

www.bahamas.com/event/mars-bay-conch-fest

23rd Annual International Culture, Wine & Food Festival – Held annually in October, the International Culture, Wine & Food Festival is one of The Bahamas’ biggest festivals, attracting up to 25,000 visitors each year. This family-friendly festival will take place on October 13-14, 2018 at the Botanical Gardens in Nassau with over 100 booths, a variety of cultural presentations and fun activities for all. www.culturefestbahamas.com

Media Contact: Anita Johnson-Patty | General Manager, Global Communications Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation | ajohnson@bahamas.com