FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As summer comes to an end, The Bahamas continues to experience solid growth across tourism sectors. Airlines, hotels and tour operators are consistently contributing to the national momentum through jaw-dropping travel deals, expansion of nonstop flights and development of unique on-island experiences. With smaller crowds and amazing discounts, now is the perfect time to book a getaway and take advantage of all of the exciting offerings in The Bahamas.
NEWS FROM THE BAHAMAS
The Houston Rockets Bond in The Bahamas – For the second consecutive year, the Houston Rockets traveled to the sunny shores of The Bahamas to stage a minicamp and foster team bonding before their official training camp and the NBA preseason begins. During their stay, the men's basketball team stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and worked out daily at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in Nassau. Last year's trip to The Bahamas was credited with playing a role in the team's success last season by helping build chemistry between players.
Bahamasair and Delta Air Lines Expand Nonstop Service to The Bahamas – Beginning on Saturday, October 12, 2018, Bahamasair will offer a nonstop service from Miami, FL (MIA) to San Salvador, Bahamas (ZSA). The Saturday-only service will operate on a Boeing 737 aircraft, which can accommodate 120 travelers per flight. Additionally, Delta Air Lines will add a second daily nonstop flight to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The expanded Nassau service will begin on October 1, 2018 and is currently available for booking.
U.S. Journalists and Social Influencers Visit The Bahamas – Throughout August, two groups of top-tier U.S. journalists and social influencers traveled to The Bahamas for curated experiences in The Abacos and Freeport. Here, they familiarized themselves with the history, culture and cuisine of the islands, while enjoying authentic experiences guided by Bahamians. From being photographed by local underwater photographer Andre Musgrove and paddling on a Blue Green Outdoor kayak tour in Freeport to learning about the history of Man-O-War Cay and enjoying a beachside cookout with Brendal in The Abacos, the groups were able to experience the true essence of The Bahamas. Through these guided trips, the journalists and influencers are able to educate their readers about The Bahamas by developing in-depth articles and captivating social stories.
Bird Feared Extinct Rediscovered in The Bahamas – After Hurricane Matthew in 2016, one of the world's rarest birds was thought to be extinct - until now. Researchers from the University of East Anglia recently spotted the elusive Bahama Nuthatch on Grand Bahama Island for the first time in two years, generating international excitement from wildlife enthusiasts around the rediscovery of this species. Grand Bahama Island is the only known home of the Bahama Nuthatch, where it nests in the mature pine trees on the island.
Finalist in AFAR Travelers' Choice Destination Award – The Bahamas has been selected as a finalist for an AFAR Travelers' Choice Destination Award in the best Family Destination and Caribbean Destination categories. AFAR will publicly reveal the Travelers' Choice Destination winners on December 13 on AFAR.com and in their January/February 2019 'Where to Go' issue.
Travel Channel included The Bahamas as a top travel destination for Labor Day in their story, '10 Best Places to Travel for Labor Day Weekend This Year'.
PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS
For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.
Nassau Paradise Island's Hotel Deals – Nassau Paradise Island hotels, including Melia Nassau Beach, Sandyport Beach Resort, British Colonial Hilton, Comfort Suites Paradise Island and more, are incentivizing travelers to upgrade their beach vacation with a variety of new hotel offerings and value-driven packages. For more information, visit www.nassauparadiseisland.com/travel-deals/.
- Comfort Suites Paradise Island Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free – Book before September 15, 2018 and kids can stay for free in the room with parents, receive access to Atlantis facilities including Aquaventure and enjoy complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at Crusoe's.
- SLS Baha Mar Stay Longer & Save – Stay longer and experience all of the exquisite culinary offerings that Baha Mar has to offer. Book three or more paid nights and receive a complimentary night, plus dining credit for the hotel restaurants. Offer valid until September 30, 2018.
- The Ocean Club Fourth Night Free – Spend more time experiencing the very best of The Bahamas at this Four Seasons resort. Book three consecutive paid nights before September 30, 2018 and receive a complimentary fourth night free.
- Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Family Fun – This family-friendly resort is offering 50% off a connecting guest room for children under the age of 18 with "The Family Plan." Additionally, children under the age of five eat free. Available to book through September 30, 2018.
- British Colonial Hilton Nassau Another Day in Paradise – Treat yourself to another free night in paradise. Book a three-night stay and receive your fourth night free. Offer expires September 30, 2018.
- Rosewood Baha Mar More Rosewood – Stay at least two nights at this beautiful, recently opened hotel and receive a third night free. Guests must book before October 31, 2018.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Extended Labor Day Sale – Sail away to savings and make this weekend one to remember. Book by September 16 and the second guest sails for 50% off when you book an ocean view stateroom. Valid for sailings in September and October 2018.
Silver Airways End of Summer Sale – Travelers can enjoy great flight deals on Silver Airways during their end of summer sale. Fly from Florida to great destinations in The Bahamas with fares from $84 one-way. Offer is valid on travel through October 17, 2018. Restrictions apply.
Warwick Hotels & Resorts Fall into the Holiday Spirit – Plan ahead and book your holiday getaway at Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas and save up to 45% on your reservation. This offer is valid on reservations booked thru June 30, 2019.
Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board's Air/ Cruise Credit Offer – Travelers from the United States and Canada can pre-book an air/cruise ferry-inclusive vacation for 4 consecutive nights or longer at a participating Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board member hotel and get up to a $250 Air/Cruise Ferry Credit. Guests must book between October 15 and November 12th, 2018 for travel before June 30, 2019. Blackout dates apply.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Stay up-to-date with the latest events and happenings in The Bahamas: www.bahamas.com/events
33rd International Coastal Cleanup – Each year, volunteers from all over the world gather along coastlines and waterways to participate in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. On September 15 in Freeport, volunteers will gather to remove trash from beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris and change the behaviors that cause marine debris. This event takes place every year, the third Saturday in September.
Hearts For Heritage Program –The goal of the Hearts For Heritage Program is to clean up heritage sites around San Salvador and educate the community on their cultural and touristic importance. From September 17 – 21, volunteers will work to strengthen the connection between people and the island, ensuring the sustainability of these beautiful, historic sites.
Rock Sound Sailing Regatta – From September 21– 23, experience the Rock Sound Sailing Regatta on Eleuthera. Class B and C sailing sloops will compete in an exciting series of races and entertain boating enthusiasts from around the world.
ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world's best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It's Better in The Bahamas. For more information call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Anita Johnson-Patty, General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
Weber Shandwick, Public Relations
SOURCE Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation