Tourism Feels U.S. Storm Impacts

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:00 News Editor
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The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) yesterday said the sector was feeling the effects of the fast-moving snow storm impacting the northeastern US, as flights to this destination have already been among a vast number of cancellations.
Carlton Russell, the BHTA’s president, in an e-mailed response to Tribune Business queries, said: “The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) continues to monitor the storm currently affecting the east coast of the US.

“We are liaising with industry partners, such as the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), to attain information related to flight delays and cancellations at Lynden Pindling International Airport.”

Airlines have reportedly cancelled more than 4,000 flights ahead of the storm. The US National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, with forecasts calling for up to two feet of snow by early today.

Some 50 million people along the US eastern seaboard were under storm or blizzard warnings and watches.

Mr Russell said: “Flights from the Bahamas to parts of the east coast, and flights emanating from the affected areas, to the Bahamas, have been impacted as part of a vast number of regional and international flight cancellations due to the storm.

“We will continue to assist in the dissemination of any information received to assist member properties and other industry stakeholders in their efforts to help keep guests informed. We hope the populations who are and will experience the storm are minimally affected.”

By NATARIO McKENZIE
The Tribune
Published: March 15, 2017