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Significant Growth in Tourism Arrival Numbers Positively Affects the Abacos

Abaco is seeing what officials are calling “significant growth” in tourism arrival numbers, so much so that all hotels in Marsh Harbour and Hope Town — which typically close from August to November, are open right now.

Ministry of Tourism officials are reporting that there will be “minimal” hotel closures in Abaco this fall due to increases in stopover visitors to The Bahamas.

Wynsome Ferguson, manager of the Abaco Tourist Office, said all hotels in Marsh Harbour and Hope Town will remain open during the August to November period, which is typically sees resorts and often restaurants reduce their hours or close.

“Hotel closures for the fall in Abaco are at a minimal this year,” she said. “The hotels in Hope Town and Marsh Harbour will remain open, and this is because Abaco has been fortunate enough to not have been impacted by any major hurricanes in the past four to five years.

“Also, over the past several years, we have seen a significant growth in our tourism arrival numbers, which has resulted in a continuous booming tourism season for hoteliers and industry partners on the island.”

She indicated that the length of time for which hotels, restaurants, marinas and other tourist-related facilities are closed also appears to have decreased, with some opening this month and others resuming service in October.

Silver Airways, though, has announced the suspension of flights into Treasure Cay International Airport from September 3 until mid-November.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) recently reported that The Bahamas experienced significant increase in foreign air arrivals which is up 2.8 percent.

Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, said The Bahamas was forecasting further improvements upon the 2.8 percent increase in foreign stopover visitors during 2018 to-date.

It’s another strong step for the Out Islands of The Bahamas, which are continuing to position themselves as a major destination beyond the typical hub of Nassau and Paradise Island.

“We are pleased with the recent results and we anticipate a continued upward trend that will positively reflect the tremendous effort we place into our marketing program,” said Bahamas Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. “The Bahamas is a magnificent place to visit and we’re happy to see that travelers are still choosing our home as their destination of choice.”

Following is a list of hotels, restaurants and other businesses that are closing for the off-season.

 

South Abaco

  • The Delphi Club – Closed from July until October

 

Treasure Cay

  • Bahama Beach Club – Closed from September 1 – October 31
  • Treasure Sands Club – Closed from September 24 – October 21

 

Green Turtle Cay

  • Bluff House – Closed from September 4 – October 26
  • Green Turtle Club – Closed from August 19 – October 26
  • Harvey’s Island Grill – Closed from September 1 – October 31
  • Leeward Yacht Club – Closed from September 17 – September 25
  • Pineapples Bar & Grill – Closed from beginning of September – Third week of November
  • The Wrecking Tree – Closed from the third week of August – Ending of November

 

Elbow Cay

  • Capt’ Jacks – Closed from August 3 – October 9
  • Hope Town Coffee House – Closed from August 4 – November 5
  • Wine Down Sip-Sip – Closed from August 15 – October 31

 

Little Harbour

Pete’s Pub – Closed from August 19 – November 1

 

Man-O-War

Dock & Dine – Closed for September and October

MOW Heritage Center and Coffee Shop – Closed from September 1 – November 1

 

Marsh Harbour

  • Back 2 Da Island – Closed from December 22 – January 7
  • Jakes Restaurant – Closed end of August – September 17
  • Jib Room – Closed from mid-August – Mid-November
  • Wally’s – Closed from end of August – End of November

 

Closing and re-opening dates are subject to change.

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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