• ALMOD

Bahamas Enters Phase 3 of Tourism Plan in October

Article from Porthole Magazine




Speaking to the Bahamian people in a national address on Monday, Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar announced additional details of the forward-looking recovery and reopening plan, including a concrete date for the start of phase 3 of the Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan. The islands were fully closed to tourists in July due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. 


October 15th is the target date for phase 3, meaning the island will be open to tourists for the popular holiday season. Phase 3 means that beaches and hotels are open, but the islands will not be accepting cruise ships, much to the dismay of Porthole Cruise readers. 


It is impossible to overstate the destabilizing impact of COVID-19 on not only the global industry, but our local tourism product

In his address to his constituents, D’Aguilar laid out just how important tourism has been, and still is, for the country

“Few can argue with the fact that, since the 1950s, tourism has accelerated the growth of the Bahamian economy to a scale unrivaled across the Caribbean – facilitating the expansion of our middle class, the education of our children, and the socioeconomic means to earn an honest living,” he said. “It is impossible to overstate the destabilizing impact of COVID-19 on not only the global industry, but our local tourism product.”


The Bahamas saw a record number of tourists in 2019, 7.2 million in fact, but thanks to COVID-19, the 2020 numbers are a paltry sum. 


Phase 3 does come with conditions, however. All visitors must abide by a 14-day Vacation-In-Place (VIP) at their hotel or resort, which will allow access to all amenities, including spas, gyms and bars. Phase 3 will also include the reopening of attractions, excursions and tours on November 1.


Bahamas Cruising Returns with Phase 4 


Though no date has been set, the Minister of Tourism did say that Phase 4 would include the reopening of vendors, select attractions, casinos, cruises and ferries. That’s great news for cruise enthusiasts, but should the Bahamas encounter difficulties implementing phase 3, it could be a long wait until they feel confident that Phase 4 can be put in place successfully. 

Recent Posts

See All

Memorandum To All Employees

This Memorandum is intended to provide updates relating to employment and business developments in the face of the coronavirus. As we all face these difficult and unknown time, we hope to create a reg

CUSTOMER SERVICE

ABOUT THE COMPANY

 

 

COPYRIGHT © 2018 DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVE

 

1-800-515-3935

 

service@shopdi.com

 
 
 
Our Commitment to You

At Diamonds International, our staff is dedicated to providing every cruise and hotel guest the highest level of service and luxury shopping experience.
 

 

Learn More

 

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White YouTube Icon
  • White LinkedIn Icon
  • White Pinterest Icon
TRUSTED JEWELERS SINCE 1988