Having welcomed an extra 110,000 visitors in first half of 2018, Bahamas “bullish” on remainder of 2018.

Tourism in The Bahamas is enjoying a period of major growth.

During the first 6 months of this year, stopover visitor arrivals surged by 15.2% compared to the same period in 2017, according to Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation for The Bahamas.

Bahamas tourism arrivals up 15.2% during the first 6 months of 2018

Bahamas tourism arrivals up 15.2% during the first 6 months of 2018

An Additional 110,000 Stopover Visitors to The Bahamas in H1 2018

This represents an extra 110,000 visitors to the island chain during that period.

Arrivals from key source markets the USA and Canada rose by 8.4% and over 30% respectively.

Arrivals from Europe also reportedly saw an increase.

The launch of new flights to The Bahamas has certainly played a key role in boosting visitor arrivals.

Minister D’Aguilar welcomed the news enthusiastically, commenting “I have said it often, that I think we are doing extremely well.”

Officials “Very Bullish” on the Remainder of 2018

With such a strong start to the year, extra airlift in place and a major injection of Foreign Direct Investment in The Bahamas set to facilitate continued growth, tourism officials are very positive about the Bahamas tourism sector’s prospects for the remainder of the year.

“We are very, very bullish on 2018 to see a strong finish to the year,” the Minister added.

Given the close links between the tourism sector and real estate in The Bahamas, The Bahamas real estate market is also accordingly poised for significant growth this year.