Returning to the Bahamas

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Hurricane Dorian seems like a distant memory but to the people of the Bahamas it will be remembered with dismay.

an island in the Bahamas. Surely this should tempt you to holiday there?

It brought mayhem to two islands, Grand Bahama and Abacos. The rest of the Bahamas escaped largely unscathed and tourist continued to holiday there but media reports made some visitors wary of travelling there as they saw the destruction without realising that only a small art of the Caribbean country was affected.

The current state is that Nassau and Paradise Island which are home to the country’s most extensive array of resorts, hotels, restaurants and tour operators, were not affected by Dorian and are operating normally

With the exception of The Abacos, the Out Islands are open and operating as usual. Some resorts and lodges take a fall hiatus for annual leave or renewal projects, but there are many options for accommodations. Airports, government ports and marinas are open across the islands. 

The cruise port on Grand Bahama Island is back to business and the airport reopens this month. Ferries and cruise lines, including Balearia, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line, are already bringing travellers to Freeport most excursions and sites have reopened. The airport is operating domestic flights via temporary facilities, and will welcome its first international flight today, November 15. Many hotels and resorts are already open.

Abaco has the longest road to recovery with virtually no viable options for leisure tourism in the near future.  The current focus is on re-opening local government complexes and restoring basic services to facilitate rebuilding.

In Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas was unaffected but now houses hundreds of displaced people thus reminding visitors of how damaging Dorian was.

Booking figures for the upcoming season are still about 6% down on this time last year. That is probably still due to erceptions of the impact Dorian had. What the Bahamas needs now is for people to visit and holiday there. In this way , the economy, the islanders and the tourism industry will quickly bounce back. .

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