Bahamas Sees Double-Digit Increase in Stopover Visitor Arrivals
Stopover visitor arrivals to the Bahamas were up 15.2 percent for the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year, which translates into an additional 110,000 visitors to the country during that timeframe.
Tourism officials estimate that an average stopover visitor to the Bahamas spends “north of 1,500 bucks” which would suggest that revenue during that timeframe, as a result of those stopover visits, was an estimated $165 million.
Minister D’Aguilar said the double-digit increase in stopover visitor arrivals was driven by positive performances out of the United States of America, which is up 8.4 percent; Canada, up 30-plus percent, in addition to arrivals from the European nations.
The news of positive performance the first six months of the year have tourism officials “ecstatic” about the prospects for the remainder of 2018.
The news comes as The Bahamas gets set to host the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) October 1-5 (2018) at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Tourism Ministers, industry officials and industry stakeholders from throughout the region will converge in New Providence for the SOTIC.
Minister D’Aguilar, said the SOTIC affords regional hospitality and tourism professionals the opportunity to not only assess the region’s tourism “situation,” but to also share new trends and best practices that can help devise new ways to improve the industry, while making it more sustainable and inclusive.
Mr. D’Aguilar said the conference also provides industry officials with the opportunity to “explore concepts and models to expand beyond traditional tourism boundaries into entirely new frontiers.”
Source: The Bahamas Weekly