NASSAU, Bahamas, Dec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ -- The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to dominate tourism in the Caribbean. So says Caribbean Journal, the largest website covering Caribbean tourism, which bestowed on the destination two key awards in its Caribbean Travel Awards 2018: Best Caribbean Destination and Best Caribbean Tourism Minister.
Editor and Publisher of Caribbean Journal Alexander Britell said, "The region's tourism offering has never been more diverse or energetic. It's a message to the world that the Caribbean isn't just back — it's better than ever."
But it is better in The Bahamas, and according to officials, the destination had the most impressive growth in the region. "While several islands had particularly strong growth in 2018, none has been more impressive than The Bahamas," officials said on the destination's website.
"While the destination has seen surging airlift growth (and a powerful increase in arrivals, thanks to the debut of Baha Mar), this year has seen something unique - growth felt beyond Nassau and New Providence. Indeed, the Out Islands (and, crucially, Grand Bahama) are seeing strong growth — a clear sign that The Bahamas' tourism growth is being realized across 700 islands and cays."
Recently, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation officials reported that stopover arrivals have soared by 18 percent from January to October 2018. Expedia travel has also reported that room night sales have grown by 30 percent and forward bookings are up by 9.2 percent.
The Caribbean Journal says part of this success is due to Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar. "While The Bahamas' impressive growth has come from myriad sources, the destination's surge has been expertly stewarded by Tourism Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar, who took over in the role in 2017," officials said.
"From adding new hotels to helping to secure crucial new flights, making a concerted effort to give The Bahamas an active regional presence in the Caribbean, both at the public and private sector levels, D'Aguilar has been at the heart of the country's success."
Minister D'Aguilar said, "We will continue to work to reach millennials and repeat visitors looking for authentic Bahamian experiences through the natural beauty of all of our islands, strategic partnerships and promotions, media relations and attractive programs for travelers."
"Our priority will be to continue to position The Islands Of The Bahamas as a premier travel destination."