Grand Bahama Stages a Comeback Eight Weeks after Dorian
Just shy of two months since Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas—almost decimating the Abacos and severely impacting Grand Bahama Island—Grand Bahama, a major part of the rich Bahamian tourism industry, has made significant strides in rebounding from severe damage.
Many of the hotels and attractions on the island have reopened and there are plans for the airport on the island to resume international service in November. Grand Bahama Island is, however, again welcoming travelers at its cruise port.
Ferries and cruise lines, including Balearia, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line, are already bringing travelers to Freeport to experience a number of excursions and sites that have reopened.
The airport is operating domestic flights via temporary facilities and will welcome its first international flight on November 15. Numerous hotels and resorts are already open or expected to re-open within weeks.
While The Abacos face a longer road to recovery, The Bahamas remains resilient and steadfast in its commitment to help the island rebuild by maintaining a healthy flow of tourism—which accounts for half of the country’s GDP—to the islands that were not affected by the storm.
Nassau and Paradise Islands
Nassau and Paradise Island, home to The Bahamas most extensive array of resorts, hotels, restaurants and tour operators, were not affected by Hurricane Dorian and are operating normally.
With seasonal hotel incentives and increased airlift, it is easier than ever for travelers to visit this year.
As the capital of The Bahamas and the home of the country’s government, Nassau is also a central hub for the Hurricane Dorian recovery process.
People who have been displaced by the storm are being accommodated on the island, with the most recent information from The Bahamas National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) indicating that 895 individuals are being housed across six shelters.
The Out Islands
With the exception of The Abacos with virtually no viable options for leisure tourism in the near future, the Out Islands are open and operating as usual. Some resorts and lodges take a fall hiatus for annual leave or renewal projects, but there are many options for accommodations. Airports, government ports and marinas are open across the islands.
On The Abacos, the current focus is on re-opening local government complexes and restoring basic services to facilitate rebuilding.
One of the best things people can do to help, now more than ever is to visit the Bahamas. The country is open for business and still delivering the tropical getaway the country is known for.
Source: Caribbean National Weekly