The Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation (BMOTIA) will be attending World Travel Market (WTM) London 2023, 6-8 November, with a delegation led by CEO Lathia Duncombe.
For over 40 years, WTM has been the most influential travel and tourism event in the world, attracting more than 5,000 exhibitors from 182 countries and regions. Participation in this prestigious event marks an important milestone in BMOTIA's ongoing commitment to promoting The Bahamas as a popular tourism destination. Also representing the Bahamas and collaborating with the Ministry will be key stakeholders including the Bahamas Promotion Council, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Council, Majestic Holidays, Atlantis Paradise Island, Margaritaville Beach Resort and British Colonial.
With tourism booming across the 16 unique islands, the BMOTIA team is looking forward to an even more successful 2024 with a strengthened tourism product and exciting investment developments. At booth S3-410 the team will be on hand to discuss the latest developments on the islands. Media and trade partners in attendance will be among the first to hear news from the Bahamas, including new hotels, tourism projects and investment areas for the coming year.
Between January and September 2023, the Bahamas welcomed a record 7.2 million visitors to its islands, up 50.4% from 2022 and 33% ahead of 2019. , which was previously considered a banner year for tourism in the Bahamas. The country expects to welcome more than 8 million visitors this year.
The number of foreign air arrivals, including stopovers and day visitors, was up 21% compared to the same period in 2022, and the number of stopover visitors was up to September is only slightly lower than the total number of stopover visitors for the same period in 2019.
The number of cruise ship arrivals this year has achieved impressive growth: from January to September 2023 it increased by 61% compared to Happy 2022. This is due to the resurgence of the cruise industry, and the island will attract more visitors in the coming years thanks to the announcement of an exclusive cruise port for Carnival Cruise Line. Routes to Holiday Key opened in September 2023 and are scheduled to welcome travelers in July 2025.
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In UK visitors to the Bahamas increased by 21% in the first three quarters of 2023 (January to September) compared to the same period in 2022.
The Bahamas continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence following official celebrations this summer on July 10th. Visitors to the WTM booth can join in the anniversary celebrations and enjoy a taste of the Bahamas. Events will take place from 5pm on Monday 6 November, 2pm on Tuesday 7 November and 12pm on Wednesday 8 November.
After three years of construction, the renovated Nassau cruise port opened its doors in May 2023 to cruise ships heading to Nassau, the lively capital of the archipelago. The renovated port, with a sixth berth and a new terminal building, is now home to the Junkanoo Museum, event and entertainment facilities, a 3,500-seat amphitheater, a living coral exhibit, local shops and new food and beverage options.
UK passengers can also choose daily flights each week with British Airways and three with Virgin Atlantic, taking them direct to Nassau, the gateway to the Bahamas.