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Stopover tourism ‘85% recovered’ this winter

The Bahamas’ stopover tourism business will be “close to 85 percent” of pre-COVID levels by the 2021-2022 winter season, a top hotelier is predicting, with a return to full business levels “very achievable” next year.

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Bahamas placed on Level 4 ‘do not travel’ list by US

THE Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president called it “regrettable” that the US has placed The Bahamas on its Level 4 “do not travel” list.

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Top hotelier: COVID cases ‘unacceptable’

The Bahamas’ top hotelier last night branded soaring COVID-19 case numbers as “unacceptable” and backed the government imposing “prudent” measures and conditions to control the outbreak.

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Tourism ‘90% unaffected’ by COVID-19 tightening

Tourism industry executives yesterday voiced optimism that the industry’s recovery will not be impacted by the government’s tightening of COVID restrictions, with one asserting it will be “90 percent unaffected”.

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Tourism chief ‘praying’ for vaccination uptick

THE Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president yesterday said he is “praying” more persons become vaccinated at the next available opportunity as it is the “only way to combat COVID spikes”.

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Tourism’s ‘perfect storm’ missing out on 15-20%

The hotel industry’s top executive yesterday said that despite “the perfect storm” driving the sector’s recovery he remains concerned about the 15-20 percent of visitor source markets that have yet to re-open.

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Airline pricing causes tourist ‘deterrent’ fear

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president yesterday voiced concerns that high airline ticket prices, especially at peak weekends and holidays, “could be a deterrent” for travel to this nation.

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Bahamas must ‘get even better’ on CDC rankings

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president yesterday urged this nation to strive “to get even better” in US health travel advisories in the hope it will lead to further COVID-19 restriction easing.

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Tourism chief hails ‘long overdue’ $31m Airbnb tax increase

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president last night hailed the government’s bid to extract an extract $31m from the vacation rental market as “levelling the playing field”.

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‘Game changer’ offsets new US travel warning

Tourism chiefs yesterday hailed the government’s plans to ease COVID testing for fully vaccinated visitors as a “game changer” that will “offset” the latest US warning against travel to The Bahamas.

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Tourism chief’s warning: ‘Don’t throw it all away’

Tourism industry chiefs yesterday warned The Bahamas “must reverse the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the shortest possible time” after the country was downgraded by US health authorities.

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‘Terrifying proposition’ of COVID third wave

Reimposing COVID-19 restrictions to combat a “third wave” of infections was yesterday branded “a terrifying proposition” for Bahamian businesses already struggling with pandemic-inflicted devastation.

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Tourism seeks COVID vaccination ‘top tier’

The Bahamian tourism industry has advocated that sector workers be “among the top tier” to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to help kickstart the country’s economic revival.

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US travel advisory ease a ‘big boost’

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president yesterday hailed the US easing its health travel advisory on the country as “a big boost” for the economy’s largest industry.

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Bahamas to rebound ‘faster’ than its rivals

A top hotelier believes The Bahamas’ “proactive” approach to COVID-19 testing and health protocols will enable its tourism industry to rebound faster than its competitors.


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