FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 7, 2018 /CNW/ -- The Bahamas is enjoying a cheerful holiday season as the destination ends the year on a high note with record tourism arrivals. In 2018, The Bahamas has seen an over 10 percent increase in international arrivals aided by new hotel product, new direct airlift from major hubs and exciting new experiences for travelers. Travelers visiting in December can expect major end of year cultural celebrations, hot deals for last minute travel and, of course, balmy year-round temperatures.
NEWS AND EVENTS
International Arrivals Increased in 2018 – The October Forward Keys survey, which tracks inbound visitor data, reported that international arrivals have increased by 13 percent in October year-over-year, while international air capacity grew by 16 percent in October. Scheduled direct flights are set to increase more than 15 percent from November to January, which can be attributed in part to new and expanded service from Delta, American Airlines, Bahamasair and Silver Airways in key markets including New York, Miami, Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston and Chicago. Additionally, Expedia reported a greater than 30 percent increase in room sales and greater than 25 percent increase in hotel gross bookings year-over-year.
PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS
For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.
Day Trip To Exuma's Swimming Pigs – Take flight for a one-of-a-kind adventure on Staniel Air's Bahamas Day Trip at Staniel Cay in The Exumas. Staniel Air is currently offering 20 percent off this all-day excursion, departing from Fort Lauderdale Executive airport.
Silver Airways December Flight Deals – Book a flight to Governor's Harbour Airport, Eleuthera and save 15 percent on a one-way ticket for travel now through Dec. 31.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Stay up-to-date with the latest events and happenings in The Bahamas: www.bahamas.com/events
Junkanoo Parades: Nassau & Paradise Island (December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019) Celebrate Boxing Day and New Year's Bahamian style at Junkanoo, the National Festival of The Bahamas. Parades starts at 10:00 p.m. December 25, 2018 and 2:00 a.m. January 1, 2019. www.bahamas.com/event/new-years-day-junkanoo-parade-nassau-paradise-island
ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It's Better in The Bahamas. Call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
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SOURCE Bahamas Ministry of Tourism