Air arrivals to the Bahamas improved for the first 10 months of the year, with almost 45,000 more visitors winging their way into The Bahamas when compared to the corresponding period in 2009.
The Bahamas: Travel
Culture is one of the main attractions for tourists, and some feel the Caribbean tourism industry should do more to market each country’s unique cultural heritage.
If the number of new launches is anything to go by, the global financial crisis seems to have had little effect on the cruise liner industry.
SuperClubs chairman John Issa is estimating that the cruise ship industry owes Jamaica more than US$12 million in head tax, while land-based tourists are being burdened with fees tacked on to their airline tickets.
Newly imposed changes state that all individuals applying for US visas are now required to submit fully accurate and complete DS-160 visa application forms.
Nothing is more critical to the recovery of the Bahamian economy than a revival in tourism, and a year on year performance shows significant increases in 2010 over 2009 in six of the nine months through September.
Bahamian visits to the United States dropped more than any other international visitors, while overall travel to the U.S. increased.
By introducing domestic airlines through global travel networks like Expedia and Travelocity, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to boost Bahamas travel reservations.
Obama’s Travel Promotion Act seeks to promote the United States as a tourism and travel destination all over the world but this increased competition from the world’s economic power house may not bode well for the Bahamas already-struggling tourism product.