Monday, October 7, 2019

The Bahamas Needs You

Visiting the islands not affected by hurricane Dorian
will help the whole country.

“We are asking our travel partners—like private pilots—to consider keeping their flight plans to the islands that were not affected.” It’s not a plea for money nor for thoughts and prayers, but for support. “The best way to help the Bahamas is by traveling to the Bahamas,” says Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation.  Photo by Chris Rose.

By Julie Summers Walker

Hurricane Dorian swept through the 700-island chain in September, devastating the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. Recovery is ongoing and general aviation has been part of the relief programs. But the island country is more than just those two islands. “We are still reeling from the devastation Hurricane Dorian brought to our beautiful, beloved country,” said D’Aguilar. “We have family, friends, and colleagues with ties to both Abaco and Freeport...we are praying for the safety of our countrymen. In the midst of all the devastation, we pledge continued support for our tourism industry, the key economic engine that fuels our country.”

Tourism is the No. 1 industry in the Bahamas and contributes about half of the country’s gross domestic product. Now that the storm has passed, the country—while continuing relief efforts—is communicating that of the 16 most-visited islands, 14 are open and unaffected by the hurricane. “More than ever we need you to come on vacation,” D’Aguilar said. “That’s the only way we can help our brothers and sisters in the north.”  Read more >>