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Travel and Tourism - Bahamas - August 2018

Travel and Tourism - Bahamas - August 2018

“The tourism industry in the Bahamas is showing every sign of going from strength to strength. The robust arrivals figures for 2018, which indicated such a dramatic increase over 2017, are certainly pointing in that direction. There are challenges however.”

– Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

What is one of the major weaknesses of the inbound market?
Why did the government decide to raise the VAT in 2018?
What caused the lengthy delay in the opening of Nassau’s Baha Mar luxury resort?
Why are cruise passengers a challenge for the tourism industry?


BAHAMAS: KEY FACTS
INTRODUCTION
DATA SOURCES
BACKGROUND
HISTORY
GEOGRAPHY
ATTRACTIONS
NASSAU
ECOTOURISM
WATER-BASED ACTIVITIES
WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS
TOURISM AND THE ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL TOURISM REVENUES
Figure 1: International tourism revenues, 2014-18
CASINO REVENUES
THE TOURISM ECONOMY AND ITS EFFECT ON GDP AND EMPLOYMENT
Figure 2: Direct contribution of travel & tourism economy to GDP & employment, 2013-17
ARRIVALS
INTERNATIONAL
Source markets for the Bahamas
Figure 1: International tourist arrivals by source market, 2012-16
DOMESTIC
Figure 4: Domestic expenditure, 2014-18
MARKET CHARACTERISTICS
INTERNATIONAL
Purpose of visit
Seasonality
Figure 2: International arrivals by month showing seasonality, 2013-16
Length of stay
DOMESTIC
Purpose of visit/Length of stay
Seasonality
TRANSPORT
AIR
Figure 3: International arrivals at all airports, 2013-17
Lyndon Pindling International Airport
Figure 4: Passenger movements at Lyndon Pindling International Airport, 2013-17
Airlines operating to and from the Bahamas
New routes and more frequent flights
ROAD
RAIL
SEA
Cruise arrivals
Figure 5: International sea & cruise arrivals, 2013-17
ACCOMMODATION
Figure 6: Number of licensed hotels & rooms* in the Bahamas, by destination, 2016
The Baha Mar controversy
Other new developments in Nassau
TOURISM NEWS
THE ROLE OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND AVIATION
WHAT NEXT?
INDEX TO TTI DESTINATION REPORTS
Country reports
INDEX TO TRAVEL & TOURISM ANALYST
Index grouped by geographic area
SPECIAL REPORTS INDEX
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