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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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