Despite Dorian, The Bahamas Celebrate Highest Visitor Arrival Numbers In History
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar.
The impact of Hurricane Dorian has not slowed The Bahamas' tourism growth, with the destination exceeding a record-breaking seven million visitors in 2019.
By the end of 2019, international air and sea arrivals totalled more than 7.2 million, a 9% increase from 2018. Stopover visitors alone were the highest in recorded history at 1.78 million. U.S. visitors accounted for 1.45 million of that.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation attributes the success to "data-driven, agile marketing, authentic storytelling, and aggressive PR, sales and airlift strategies," according to a news release.
"It is with great pride and pleasure that I report The Bahamas' strongest tourism numbers in history," said Minister of Tourism & Aviation, Dionisio D'Aguilar. "We look forward to building upon the success of our marketing efforts and continuing the momentum in 2020 as we show the world that The Bahamas continues to be Open For Business and has so much to offer visitors."
Director General, Joy Jibrilu, added: "This tremendous achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the team behind the scenes at the Ministry of Tourism as well as our industry and agency partners."
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.