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Bahamas wants 2,000 more hotel rooms for ‘good footing’

THE Bahamas’ prospects for continued tourism growth depend on bringing 2,000 hotel rooms, or 15 percent of its total pre-COVID inventory, back on line swiftly with the industry at “maximum capacity”.

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Hotels dealing with visitor safety concerns on crime

Hotels have been fielding concerns over whether it is safe to vacation in The Bahamas as Canada was yesterday reported to have issued a crime alert on this nation.

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Housing ‘crisis’ threatens to strangle Family Islands

The growing “crisis” sparked by a lack of affordable employee housing is threatening to impose a “stranglehold” on Family Island growth prospects, business and tourism leaders are warning.

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‘Losing home court’: Air taxes exceed ticket cost

A senior tourism official yesterday said the Bahamas has failed to convert its US proximity into affordability with airline ticket taxes now exceeding the actual cost of a flight.

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Family Islands: Half beat 110% pre-COVID target

Half the Family Islands boast hotels already beating forecasts that they will post room revenues equivalent to 110 percent of pre-COVID levels in 2023, it was revealed yesterday.

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Transport costs, shortages create tourism ‘headwinds’

Shortages of employee housing and certified fly fishing guides, and high ground transportation costs, were yesterday cited as some of the major “headwinds” impeding Family Island stopover tourism growth.

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‘Banner year’: Resorts beat revenue target by 10% pts

Resorts on major Family Islands are targeting “a banner year” in 2023 after room revenues through to end-October beat the industry’s post-COVID target by ten percentage points.

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Family Island hotels targeting 90% pre-COVID room nights

Family Island hotels can hit 90 percent of pre-COVID room nights sold with a strong over 2022’s final quarter, a senior tourism is predicting, voicing optimism the sector will “get closer” to its targets.

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COVID rebound uneven for Family Island resorts

Family Island resorts have recovered to 80 percent of pre-COVID business volumes, a senior tourism official has revealed, but the rebound remains uneven because of airlift woes impacting some locations.

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Out Island hotels ‘dial up volume’ to offset fuel hike

Out Island resorts are “dialling the volume up” on air fare and fuel credits in a bid to offset the impact of fuel price volatility on airline tickets, a senior executive has revealed, thus enabling them to avoid slashing room rates.

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Ukraine invasion ‘serious concern’ for local tourism

Tourism executives yesterday warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a “serious concern” for The Bahamas’ post-COVID recovery as the sector pushed for further easing of health restrictions.

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Tourism’s ‘very big deal’: 13% of visitors are back

Tourism executives yesterday hailed the re-opening of markets that accounted for up to 13 percent of this nation’s pre-COVID visitor base as “a very big deal for The Bahamas”.

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Tourism in ‘huge win’ on COVID test ease

Bahamian tourism was yesterday said to have secured “a huge win” after millions of dollars in visitor bookings were rescued by the Government suspending tougher COVID testing measures.

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Family Island resorts ‘psyched’ on rebound

A senior tourism executive yesterday said Family Island hotels are “pretty psyched” about the upcoming winter season as they remain on track to beat 2021 forecasts by near 20 percentage points.

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Tourism urged: Do more to counter COVID inaccuracy

A senior tourism official yesterday questioned what the industry is doing collectively “to counter” COVID-19 disinformation on social media as he revealed the “uneven” Family Islands recovery.

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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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Out Island hotels to miss 65% recovery projection

Family Island hotels will “likely fall short” of projections they will collectively recover 65 percent of pre-COVID business levels during the 2021 first half due to airlift cutbacks from Nassau.

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