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BHA Chief Anticipates Higher Hotel Occupancy in November

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Hotels in New Providence and Paradise Island are projecting low revenue in the month of November, even as they prepare for higher occupancy rates than those seen last year as the North American Thanksgiving travel season picks up.

"Projected hotel occupancies for November are slightly above last year," Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA) President Robert Sands said in a statement sent to Guardian Business. "While we expect higher occupancies, room revenue will be down."

It's a factor coming as a result of aggressive promotional packages now being offered to travelers, he said, in an effort for this destination to remain competitive in the marketplace. That move follows continuous declines in the amount of stopover visitors winging their way into the country.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2009 06:54 Read more...
 

Ministry of Tourism Launches UK Promotion

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The Ministry of Tourism is preparing to launch a near $300,000 initiative centered around a U.K. film project distinguishing the islands of The Bahamas in an effort to boost arrivals from that destination.

The project has already landed the ministry 150 applications from film makers in that destination who are eager to shoot the three to five minute films, from which 14 will be chosen to be shown in cinemas around the U.K. Director General Vernice Walkine asserts Tourism's 14 Island Challenge could provide the Out Islands with much needed exposure the ministry just can't pay for.

"We'll never have a campaign to promote Mayaguana," she told reporters yesterday. "This we believe is the most effective and efficient way for us to communicate that we have multiple islands... we've not done as effective a job in communicating we're Abaco, Bimini, Eleuthera and so on.

"In the U.K. the perception is there is only Nassau and Paradise Island."

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Board and Membership Meeting

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The next BHA Board and Membership meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th at 9:30am at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.  Members please make every effort to attend.  A special roundtable discussion will focus on safety and security.  We will be joined by senior members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and will also provide an update on several security-related initiatives of interest to our industry which BHA is working on with the Police.  The Sheraton is offering a special rate for out-of-town members.  Contact the BHA for details.
 

Optimism At Caribbean Small Hotels Retreat

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The highly anticipated 2009 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Small Hotels Retreat kicked off in the U.S. Virgin Islands last night with a larger than expected delegation of small hoteliers, optimistic about their prospects in an improved 2010 economy.

"The small hotels of the Caribbean are the salt and spice, and yes - the heart and soul of our region. They are as diversified as our people and we truly believe this is where we stand out," said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S.V.I. in her keynote address at the retreat's opening ceremony. "At the end of the day, this is the group that is vested in our community."
Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2009 17:30 Read more...
 

Hotel Occupancy Down 75%

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Some Family Island resorts have suffered a lower than average slow season, down some 75 per cent compared to last year's 30 per cent occupancy levels, according to the Abaco Beach Resort's general manager. Some properties have closed altogether for the two-month slow period.
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