Bahamas, August 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The Central Bank of the Bahamas report is out and it shows a devastating reality; that Grand Bahama has seen a tourism dip of nearly 17% and air arrivals to the island are extremely concerning and are down over 40%. Even cruise ship arrivals are down for the country’s second city, by 12%.
The crippling blow dealt by Hurricane Matthew is largely to blame for the loss of room inventory, investors, airlift and bookings. Grand Bahama is losing the largest ground of all the country’s islands in the tourism sector, and overall, according to that Central Bank report, arrivals nationally are down 2.2%, in a trend which saw the same period last year dip, though just slightly. New Providence is doing best, with sea arrivals up 14.7% and overall tourism is improved by 7.3% for the Capital.
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