What Travelers Need to Know About The Bahamas: 14 Islands Open for Business
You probably already know that Hurricane Dorian walloped The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island in The Bahamas, but did you know that there are also 14 other islands that are beautiful, palm-fringed and open for business. A trip to The Bahamas will never do as much good for the soul of a traveler and for the Bahamians waiting to welcome them as it will this fall. Here are a few things to know about traveling to The Bahamas right now.
If you have a trip to the country booked, keep it. If you are considering a trip to The Bahamas, book it. Now is perhaps the best time ever to visit The Bahamas.
Every trip, from a friends’ getaway to a business conference, will help the country’s effort in rebuilding the affected islands. Tourism accounts for more than half of the country’s economy and a healthy tourism industry is essential to the people of The Bahamas.
“Travelers can do something for The Bahamas by doing nothing on one of our beaches. Plan a trip to Nassau, Paradise Island, and the Out Islands. Our beautiful island nation is ready to welcome you,” said Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism.
Many of the more than 6 million people who visit The Bahamas each year spend their time on Nassau and Paradise Island, which were not impacted. If you want to kick back on the beach with an umbrella drink, you can feel good doing it. Many resorts and hotels, like Atlantis, Paradise Island and Baha Mar, have already supported relief efforts in major ways, and hoteliers will be offering incentives and voluntourism opportunities soon. Check out Bahamas.com for updates regularly.
Travelers looking for the laid-back experience of the Out Islands like Abaco still have many choices. Exuma may be famous for its swimming pigs, but it also has world-class boating and sailing, enough surrounding cays to island hop for a year and direct airline service from U.S. gateways. Harbour Island and Eleuthera, which can also be reached by daily air service, as well as a fast ferry from Nassau, have a coastal vibe that lures repeat visitors generation after generation. Further south in the country Mayaguana and Inagua offer a truly off-the-beaten-path option. Find the island that fits your island escape daydream with the Island Finder.
In short, The Bahamas is open. It is delivering the sandy break from everyday life that has made it a top vacation choice. The major Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau is operating as usual and airports across all unaffected islands are open too.
Anita Johnson-Patty, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
Weber Shandwick, Public Relations for The Bahamas