Presented by The Ministry of Finance

Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar

The Ministry of Tourism is a global industry leader and one of the main driving forces behind the country’s economic activity. It is through a research-based and holistic approach that the ministry is able to provide authentic experiences to visitors while increasing owner opportunities for Bahamians and benefits for stakeholders.

Key Budget Numbers

Initiatives

Cultural Attractions to be added to New Cruise Port

An iconic Arrivals Hall, Junkanoo Museum , Coral Reef attraction and an Amphitheatre will be built to promote Bahamian culture and emphasize the importance of the environment to nearly 4 million visitors expected to utilize the beautiful new Nassau Cruise Port once completed  by 2022.

Completion of Great Harbour Cay Airport

Already under construction - The Great Harbour Cay Airport  now about 70 percent completed  will open for business with a new 5,000ft. runway by the end of 2021. 

Home Porting of Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean is going to operate these cruises, which start in Nassau and end in Nassau, for the next three months,  through the middle of September and will be joined by Crystal  Cruises, which will start on July 4th 2021 and will operate for five  months, through the beginning of November 2021.

Exuma International Airport

We have already broken ground on the Exuma International  Airport and this $65 million project will position Exuma as the  hub of the Southern Bahamas and create opportunities for  expanded flights to Exuma from North and South America  as well as Europe.

Long Island International Airport

When finalized, this will be a modern $18  million international facility, known as the Long Island International Airport in Deadman’s Cay that will be  positioned in our tourism marketing program as offering  direct commercial flights to North and South America for the  first time in our history.

New Bight Airport in Cat Island

The Department of Aviation is preparing a  Request for Proposal (RFP) to sort through the many offers it is  receiving from around the globe to enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with a  private sector partner to develop the New Bight Airport. I  expect that this RFP that is currently under development, will  be issued to the market by early September 2021. 

 

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Our Airport Infrastructure Program will position Bahamian Family Island Airports as profit centers, 56 commercial centers, and modern facilities that Bahamians will be proud of."

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