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What’s New in the Islands of the Bahamas for November

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, November 12, 2019 – Grand Bahama Island has already rebounded from Hurricane Dorian with a handful of reopenings this month.  Many of its hotels and attractions have reopened or plan to do so shortly, while cruise ships have resumed calling to the island and the airport plans to resume international service this month. The Islands Of The Bahamas are truly Open For Business and are ready to welcome visitors as we head into the holiday season.


Hotel Openings – Many of Grand Bahama Island’s resorts reopened towards the end of October, including Grand Lucayan Lighthouse Pointe, Castaways Resort & Suites, Taino Beach Resort & Clubs, Paradise Cove, The Village Bahamia, Royal Islander Resort and Sunrise Resort &Marina. Pelican Bay Hotel, Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort and Bell Channel Inn are open to relief workers. While its marina, Teasers Beach Side Bar & Grill, Banana Hammocks Harbour Side Bar and the beachside pool reopened in October, Old Bahama Bay Resort is expected to reopen to guests in November.

International Airport – Grand Bahama International Airport has a tentative opening of mid-November while Bahamasair and Western Air have resumed domestic services out of temporary facilities.

Cruise Port – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration returned to regular scheduled  sailings on September 27. Passengers have the option to add a free volunteer excursion to help on the ground or assemble family boxes onboard the ship. Carnival Cruise Line has also resumed sailings to Grand Bahama Island. Between the relaunch date and the end of the year, Carnival expects to host 39 calls in Freeport, bringing more than 100,000 visitors to the island.


The Bahamas Awarded in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards – The Islands Of The Bahamas placed tenth in Condé Nast Travelers’ 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards for the Top 10 Islands in The Caribbean & Atlantic. Despite the trying hurricane season, The Islands continue to be a leader in Caribbean travel.

United Airlines Adds Non-Stop Service between Denver and Nassau – United Airlines have added Saturday-only non-stop service from Denver to Nassau. The service begins March 7 and continues through August 15.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s New Nassau Offering – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line introduced its popular cruise and stay program to Nassau. Departing from the port of West Palm Beach, passengers can choose from a two or six night stay at participating resorts in Nassau, including SLS Baha Mar, The Melia Nassau Beach All-Inclusive or Comfort Suites Paradise Island. Over 250,000 stayover guests are expected to arrive to The Islands Of The Bahamas in the next year.


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

Warwick Paradise Island’s Fourth Night FreeGuests traveling through December 15 can earn a fourth night free when spending three nights at Warwick Paradise Island.

Pineapple Fields’ Special Offer  – Stay in a one bedroom upstairs condo for three days or more from November 18 – December 15 and save 20% when booking by phone.


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

The P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship (November 8 – November 10) – Atlantis, Paradise Island will play host to professional watercraft competitors, representing 12 countries for the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship. Additional festivities will include a nearby Race Village with live music, local bands, food and activities for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at www.atlantisbahamas.com/p1-aquax.

Bahamas Hoopfest (November 27 – November 30) – In partnership with International Youth Education & Sports Foundation, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation will be hosting the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Classic in Nassau this year. This will be the first women’s basketball event of its kind to be hosted in The Bahamas. View fan packages here.

The Jonas Brothers at Atlantis (December 30) – GRAMMY-nominated band, the Jonas Brothers, will perform at Atlantis, Paradise Island on December 30, 2019. The performance is a part of the resort’s acclaimed entertainment series Atlantis LIVE. This will be the multiplatinum trio’s fifth time performing for Atlantis LIVE and 10 years since their last Atlantis performance. Tickets are available for purchase at jonasbrothersatlantis.com.


With over 700 islands and cays, and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy fly away escape that transports travelers away from their everyday. It’s also easy to get to The Bahamas from Canada by traveling on Air Canada or Westjet. The Islands Of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and beaches waiting for families, couples and adventurers. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It’s Better in The Bahamas.

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CTO Sustainable Tourism Roundup – October 1st, 2019

In this edition we are pleased to announce the launch of the Community-Based Tourism (CBT) Toolkit by the CTO in partnership with Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) and the call for proposals for agro-tourism and community-based tourism initiatives. We also highlight two upcoming conferences and provide a three month drought bulletin and sargassum outlook newsletter developed by our partners.

View Roundup.

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St. Kitts is Poised for Growth with Extended Summer Season Air Service

Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 8, 2019) – St. Kitts is pleased to announce that both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will be extending their existing non-stop Saturday flights to St. Kitts from JFK to include the month of May 2020, providing continuous service from peak season through summer. With both airlines increasing service at a time when they traditionally hiatus, the additional flights help to position St. Kitts for summer season and full year air passenger arrivals growth.

“I could not be more pleased to receive this additional airlift from our two North American airline partners with the most capacity into St. Kitts,” said Minister Grant. “Having just met with American Airlines on Thursday, November  7, 2019 at their new headquarters in Dallas Fort Worth and received the update about our JFK gateway for May, the additional service is a clear testament to their trust in our development as a tourism destination. These extra operations by American and Delta from JFK, our top US source market for visitors, effectively eliminate their normally-scheduled May hiatus, making it easier for potential visitors and Kittitian nationals to reach the island this summer. Having continuous non-stop flights from peak season through the summer increases our appeal as a premier leisure destination and demonstrates the success of our strategy to continue our momentum of growth.”

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “This bold move by American and Delta is a direct result of our specific marketing strategy to build out St. Kitts’ summer season in support of overall tourism growth.  Last year, we set a new record for air passenger arrivals and we are on track to exceed those numbers again this year. This extended air service for 2020 positions us for even further growth next year and is a clear indication of the strength of our relationsships with the airline network planners handling the Caribbean region.”

From May 2 through June 3, 2020, American Airlines will add a total of 4 rotations for the flight utilizing a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 16 First Class, 30 Main Cabin Extra and 114 Main Cabin class seats as follows-

From May 2 through June 6, 2020, Delta Air Lines will add a total of 3 rotations for the flight utilizing a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 with 16 First Class, 30 Main Cabin Extra and 114 Main Cabin class seats as follows-


Further to the JFK flights, American also flies non-stop year-round to St. Kitts on Saturdays from Charlotte and daily plus twice daily Wednesday through Sunday from Miami.  As of 2019, the carrier also offers summer season non-stop flights to St. Kitts on Saturdays from Dallas.  Delta operates non-stop year-round to St. Kitts on Saturdays from Atlanta as well as from JFK.

St. Kitts’ airlift strategy consists of continuing to nurture relationships with the airlines to systematically build out air bridges to/from identified target gateways to grow service in a sustainable manner that will support new and existing hotel developments as well as all local tourism stakeholders while making the island increasingly easy and affordable for air travelers to reach.  The participation of local tourism stakeholders from hotels and retaurants to retail shops and activity providers in destination-wide seasonal offers such as “Summer Sunsation,” which is specifically designed to promote travel during the summer, helps ensure that St. Kitts remains competitive in the marketplace to drive both air and hotel reservations. Targeted advertising for the offers results in increased brand awareness and provides added incentive with a clear call-to-action for consumers to book travel to St. Kitts.

About St. Kitts:

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.  Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are water sports including catamaran sailing, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach. For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.


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WTM update, Nov. 7

The reopening of Little Dix Bay resort on 1 January 2020, three months ahead of schedule and trading turkeys for lobster with the lobster festival at the end of November are some of the reasons Tausha Vanterpool, the British Virgin Island’s manager in the UK, is exuding excitement in this interview

A strong summer performance, thanks to the highly successful campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike and projected further growth in 2020 are among the topics discussed by minister Charles Fernandez​ of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Live​ in this interview.

Carol Hay​, the CTO​’s director of marketing for the UK/Europe, says it’s been another successful World Travel Market for the Caribbean

The CTO’s chairman, minister Dominic Fedee of Saint Lucia, appeals to industrialised nations to arrive at a common sense position on carbon emission and climate change in his address to the media at World Travel Market.

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Tourism Environmental Awareness Month Commences in Turks & Caicos

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (November 6, 2019) – The Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime, Gaming and Disaster Management commemorated the commencement of Tourism Environmental Awareness Month (T.E.A.M.) at a press conference on November 4, 2019 at the Office of the Premier in Providenciales. The Tourist Board will celebrate for the final year under the theme ‘Tourism Is Key, It Starts With Me’.

Senior officials of the Tourist Board including Chairman Adelphine Higgs-Pitter and Acting Director of Tourism Mary Lightbourne were joined by executives of the Hotel and Tourism Association to officially declare Tourism Environmental Awareness Month open.

During the press conference, the Clement Howell High School was announced as the winner of the annual Tourism Song Competition. The competition, which was issued to public and private high schools throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands, tasked students with composing an original song based on the theme ‘Tourism Is Key, It Starts With Me’.

Training Manager of the Tourist Board Ms. E. Blythe Clare used the occasion to announce the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Tourism Education for the Caribbean E-Learning Series. The E-Learning Series will be introduced to government primary schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands this year and to private primary schools in 2020. A copy of the educational software was presented to Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm. The objective of the E-Learning Series is to create national awareness of the value of tourism as well as allow for the promotion and protection of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Caribbean’s identity and develop in its youth a sense of pride and confidence in projecting the unique image of the Caribbean.

Chairman of the Tourist Board Adelphine Higgs-Pitter touted the growth in visitor arrivals for the destination. She stated, “We had an overall 18% increase in visitors seeing 1.4 million arrivals in 2018 to our shores. Together with our partners and stakeholders we are committed to working to increase those numbers.”

Acting Director of Tourism Mary Lightbourne gave a brief overview of scheduled events and encouraged the public to join the Tourist Board as we journey throughout Turks and Caicos Islands spreading awareness of the importance of tourism.  She assured the public that the Tourist Board team would be making an appearance on each Sister Island during the month. She further commented, “This is a period where we sensitive the population about the importance of our environment and tourism as we focus on sustainability and on our people, our product and our partnerships. It is our objective to create tourism and environmental awareness among our people that will positively improve the Turks and Caicos Islands for the pleasure and livelihoods of its citizens and the delight and comfort of our many visitors. At the same time, helping each other to understand and appreciate tourism and the impact it has on the Turks and Caicos Islands”.

The highlights of the Tourism Environmental Awareness Month calendar include:

  • Tourism Fair at the Raymond Gardiner High School on November 12th from 10am to 2pm
  • Tourism Fair at the Marjorie Basden High School on November 14th from 10am to 2pm
  • Sustainable Tourism Symposium on November 19th (invitation only event)
  • Youth Congress (Junior Minister of Tourism Competition) on November 20th at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex beginning at 10am
  • Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Open House on November 22nd from 10am to 2pm

Follow the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board’s public relations unit via its Facebook page ‘Turks and Caicos Tourist Board Press’ or Instagram @tcitbpr for updates and information on all T.E.A.M. events.

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