WHAT’S NEW IN THE BAHAMAS FOR JULY

With summer in full swing, The Islands Of The Bahamas are continuing to premier exciting new events, attractions and airlift services. From contestants of NBC’s The Voice performing at Baha Mar to the opening of the world’s first land-based coral farm, there is plenty to see in The Bahamas, and expanded airlift services make it easier than ever to get to the islands. The monthly ForwardKeys survey shows that The Bahamas continues to be a favorite Caribbean destination among tourists as international arrivals continue to grow. 

NEWS

International Arrivals Continue to Climb – The June ForwardKeys survey, which tracks inbound visitor data, revealed that international arrivals to The Bahamas increased by an impressive 7.1% in May with positive performances from the United States and Canada. Due to the summer holidays, forward bookings for the next three months are running 8.4% ahead with June, ahead by 12.3%, showing the most favorable outlook.  

NBC’s The Voice is Coming to Baha Mar– Past winners and favorites of the hit NBC singing competition, The Voice, are coming to Baha Mar July 4 – August 3 for a new extension of the show: The Voice Summer Series.Tickets to concerts, with performances by Jordan Smith, Blaze Johnson, Mary Sarah and Chris Blue, are complimentary for hotel guests.  

Coral Reef Restoration Farm Now Open – The world’s first land-based coral farm, Coral Vita, is now open in Freeport. The farm will serve as an education center teaching tourists and locals about the need to restore dying reefs. Coral Vita uses micro-fragmenting technology to grow coral and transplant it into degraded sites.

Great Harbour Cay Is Getting A New Airport – The Berry Islands’ Great Harbour Cay is getting a new $2 million airport terminal to accommodate the influx of tourists flying to the island. The project is scheduled to break ground this month.

Freeport Airlift – Beginning July 1, Bahamasair is offering direct flights from Orlando to Freeport, Bahamas through September 7. The non-stop flights operate twice a week and are just over an hour each way. 

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

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

Sandals Royal Bahamian $1,000 Credit– Book for travel now through December 31, 2020 and earn up to $1,000 Instant Credit when you stay 7 nights or longer 

Bahamas.com Visitors Save 25%- Head to Bahamas.com to save 25% on Staniel Air’s 5-star rated Bucket List Day Tour, including visits to Thunderball Grotto and Compass Cay. 

Exuma Marathon 2019 at Grand Isle Resort– Stay at Grand Isle Resort for the Exuma Marathon on November 9, 2019 and save up to 35% on your reservation. 

Shop Tax Free in The Bahamas – Look for the blue star or ask for Global Blue Tax Free Shoppingand enjoy paying less in The Bahamas. Be prepared to show a passport or other ID, spend a minimum of $25 and note that both U.S. and Bahamian currencies are accepted when processing Tax Free Shopping refunds.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Stay up-to-date with the latest events and happenings in The Bahamas: www.bahamas.com/events

Goombay Summer Festival(July 4 – July 25) – Experience authentic Bahamian music, delicious local cuisine, Bahamian arts and crafts, Junkanoo and more at the Goombay Summer Festival in Freeport every Thursday from July 4 – July 25. 

Bahamian Independence Celebrations (July 10)– Across the islands, celebrate Bahamian Independence Day with food, music, dancing and more. For more information, visit www.bahamas.com/events.

Bahamas Hoopfest(November 27 – November 30) – Save the date: The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Classic will be hosted in Nassau this year. This will be the first women’s basketball event of its kind to be hosted in The Bahamas. View fan packages here

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

Weber Shandwick | Public Relations | Bahamas@webershandwick.com