The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation wants tourists to know the islands are still open for business – and they need your tourist dollars now more than ever.
Since Hurricane Dorian decimated Grand Bahama and the Abacos in the northern part of the island nation, The Bahamas has unfortunately seen trip cancellations to areas that were not impacted by the storm.
“The Bahamas is a country of 700 islands and cays beginning 50 miles off the Florida coast and stretching for 750 miles from Bimini in the north to Inagua in the south,” Ellison Thompson, deputy director general of the tourism ministry, told USA Today. “The distance between these areas are similar to the distance between Philadelphia and New York. If NYC has an issue, it doesn’t affect Philadelphia.”
According to USA Today, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is urging tourists to help the islands recover by continuing to visit the ones unaffected by the Category 5 hurricane.
“The Bahamas are heavily reliant on tourism, so any small decline in visitor arrivals will have a relatively big negative economic impact,” Carolin Lusby, an assistant professor of travel and tourism management at Florida International University, said in an email to the Washington Post.
The tourism ministry released information on islands unaffected by Hurricane Dorian, including the popular tourist destinations of Nassau and Paradise Island, Cat Island, Bimini, Eleuthera and Harbor Island and Andros.
In addition to planning a trip to The Bahamas, the ministry revealed monetary donations to reputable relief organizations “are most critical at this time.” Those wishing to donate can find a list of The Bahamas’ verified partners at www.bahamas.com/relief.