Monday, September 16, 2019

To Help The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian Take A Vacation To The Bahamas

SmartFlyer travel advisor Laura Epstein:  "All islands in the Exumas are also open and unaffected! It’s so incredibly important to keep in mind that with 700 + islands in the Bahamas and primarily just the northwestern Bahamas being affected, much of the country is still open for tourism.” LAURA EPSTEIN

By Doug Gollan

After natural disasters such as Hurricane Dorian, visitor arrivals to nearby and unaffected areas typically drop causing a second crisis with businesses that rely on tourism and the locals who are employed by them.

In the case of the Bahamas, where 60% of GDP comes from tourism, over 90% of its hotel inventory is in places that weren’t impacted by Dorian, and much of the economy is dependent vacationers.

It’s not always apparent, but hotels have dozens of local vendors in their supply chains, many small and medium-size businesses that support large sections of the workforce. Then there are local restaurants and bars, sightseeing companies, taxi services, boutiques, galleries and other retail establishments. And there are the companies that support those businesses. All depend on you coming.  Read more >>