The Bahamas is starting the New Year on the right foot with several top tier awards and accolades, news of additional airlift and a new resort coming to Nassau. As temperatures continue to plummet in the north, travelers are flocking to The Islands Of The Bahamas and there is no shortage of winter deals, activities and events to take advantage of this January.  

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES 

Caribbean Travel Awards 2018 –The Caribbean Journalrecently bestowed on The Bahamas two key awards in its Caribbean Travel Awards 2018, including “Destination of the Year” and “Best Caribbean Tourism Minister”. These accolades come after the destination has seen the most impressive growth in the region, in part due to increased airlift, bookings beyond Nassau to the Out Islands and, as The Caribbean Journalexpressed, the stewardship of the Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar.  

KAYAK Top Trending Destinations –The Bahamas has been named one of the hottest destinations to travel to in 2019 by KAYAK, after flight searches for the destination have increased 45% year-over-year. Coming in at number four on the list, The Bahamas is the only Caribbean island to have made KAYAK’s top ten list. 

DestinationRecommended.com Top Destinations –In 2018,The Bahamas was the second most searched Caribbean destination on DestinationRecommended.com. Based solely on the traffic to all destinations' content from Jan 1 - Dec 28, The Bahamas was ranked second and Andros ranked seventh on the list of Top 10 Destinations in the Caribbean. 

NEWS

New Seasonal Airlift out of Chicago– American Airlines is now offering Chicago residents a new seasonal non-stop service into Nassau, Bahamas. The new flight departs Chicago O’Hare Airport on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., arriving Nassau in time for lunch on the beach at 12:45 p.m. 

New Hotel Opening in 2019– Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville hotel brand expands into Nassau with a new resort, Margaritaville Resort Bahamas, opening in 2019. The resort will have 150 guest rooms, as well as 150 oceanfront residences, of which 100 will be part of the One Particular Harbour at The Pointe. Amenities include a 45-slip marina, private beach with cabanas, St. Somewhere Spa, movie theatre, bowling alley, outdoor stage and LandShark water park - where there will be a cave aquarium, blue hole diving pool, water slide tower, infinity pool, surf simulator and a tropical island that looks out across a lazy river. There will also be a number of Margaritaville food and beverage concepts which will offer diverse Caribbean and international cuisine.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

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

Flamingo Bay Hotel And Marina Winter Special– The hotel is offering rates starting at $75 per night for travel through February 28, 2019 (taxes and fees are additional). Enjoy use of Taino Beach Resort's private beach, swimming pool with lazy river, swim-up bar and water slide. Boat dockage is also available.

Four Seasons Stay Longer Deal– Book three nights at the Four Seasons Ocean Club in Nassau 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 percent off for stays from January 4, 2019 to April 20, 2019 or 35 percent off for stays from April 21 to December 20, 2019.

Atlantis Paradise Island New Year, New Adventures Deal– Book by January 14, 2019 and save up to 30 percent per night on travel through the end of 2019. 

Baha Mar Casino and Hotel Winter Blues Deals–Book five consecutive nights at any of Baha Mar’s three iconic hotels and receive the sixth night free. Terms and conditions differ for each hotel.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

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

Bahamas Great Exuma Classic (January 9-16, 2019)–As the first golf tournament of the year on the Web.com Tour, The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic will be televised globally by the Golf Channel, and is expected to attract a field of 123 golfers. greatexumaclassic.com

Wonders of the Sea 3D Film Premier (January 17) – The underwater documentary featuring oceanographic explorer, Jean-Michael Cousteau, will debut at nine hundred theaters in the U.S. during a one night event on January 17. Nearly forty percent of the film was shot in The Bahamas, revealing oceanic life that cannot be seen by the naked eye and highlighting current threats that are putting our ocean at risk. wondersofthesea3d.com/

Marathon Bahamas (January 19-20, 2019) –Marathon Bahamas is a race worth traveling for. The annual running of the marathon, half marathon and relay includes an oceanfront start and finish, flat course and the 26.2 mile race is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. www.marathonbahamas.com

Devour The Beach Film Festival (January 24-28)–Devour is now the world's largest Film Festival dedicated to culinary arts. The festival will be hosted at Green Turtle Cay for the first time in 2019 and feature celebrity chefs flown in from Canada, US, and Bahamas.  greenturtleclub.com/rates/specials-packages

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


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