– Travelers escaping the winter blues are jetting off to The Islands Of The Bahamas to enjoy sun, sand and hot deals. International arrivals by air continue to increase while the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s publicized gains not seen in ten years. New developments, including two new beach clubs planned for Great Exuma and Bimini and a major renovation at a Harbour Island staple resort property, will continue to give travelers more reasons to believe It’s Better in The Bahamas.

NEWS 

Nassau Room Revenue Increase – The Nassau and Paradise Island hotel industry reported a spike in average daily room rates and revenue per available room in 2018 compared to 2017. The year ended with room revenues up 34%.

International Arrivals to Increase in Q1 –The February Forward Keys survey, which tracks inbound visitor data, revealed that international arrivals to The Bahamas increased by 15% in January and arrivals from the U.S. were up 14.5% year-over-year. The survey also noted that the forward bookings are running 9.3% ahead for international arrivals through the first quarter. 

Coral Sands Hotel on Harbour Island – The beach chicCoral Sands Hoteljust received a major makeover including renovations to their beachfront cottages and a new aesthetic inspired by Harbour Island’s famous pink sand beach and lush greenery. The property also re-opened its restaurant, Latitude 25, with a unique Moroccan-influenced menu. 

Virgin Voyages to Provide Exclusive Experience at The Beach Club at Bimini– Richard Brandson’s adults-only cruise ship, Virgin Voyages, announced a major development coming to Bimini. All voyages will dock in Bimini for an exclusive experience at The Beach Club, designed by Miami-based architects EOA. In addition to offering luxury beach amenities, The Beach Club on Bimini will host four concerts with Grammy-Award winning artist and producer Mark Ronson. Bookings are now open for 2020. 

New Beach Club Opening at Grand Isle Resort & Spa – Grand Isle Resort and Spawill debut a lavish new beach club on Great Exuma on March 1. The 30,000 square-foot lounge, located on the resort’s grounds, features a pool overlooking Emerald Bay, cabanas, daybeds and an indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant. The beach club will also offer day passes and annual memberships for those Exuma visitors not staying at Grand Isle Resort and Spa. 

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

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

Global Blue Deals–Look for the blue star or ask for Global Blue Tax Free Shopping and 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.

Sandyport Beach Resort Stay and Save Deal– Save more the longer you stay. Guests can save 10% on a three-night stay, 15% on a four-night stay and 20% on stays of five nights or more. 

Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan Florida Residents Offer– Florida residents can enjoy two nights at the all-inclusive Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan including ferry transportation from Port Everglades for only $399 per person. Call 1-242-373-1333 to book.

Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort Beach Lovers’ Vacation Deal– Enjoy four days/three nights at the resort, welcome cocktail and bottle of wine on the first evening, complimentary massage, conch fritters at every evening happy hour and complimentary use of kayaks and bicycles.

Four Seasons Stay Longer Deal– Book three nights at the Four Seasons Ocean Club on Paradise Island and receive a complimentary fourth night. Valid through December 17, 2019.

Graycliff Hotel 2019 Travel Deal– Stay a minimum of three nights and get 30 % off for stays from January 4 to April 20, 2019 or 35 % off for stays from April 21 to December 20, 2019.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

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

PRESS INQUIRIES

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

Weber Shandwick | Public Relations | Bahamas@webershandwick.com