June, July show strong tourist numbers in The Bahamas – CARICOM Business

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There were 135,092 visitors to The Bahamas during the month of June, according to the Central Bank of the Bahamas’ (CBOB) economic report.

The Monthly Economic and Financial Developments report for July showed that air arrivals topped out at 113,189 in June and sea traffic expanded to 21,903 – the highest numbers recorded since the complete reopening of borders and the restart of the tourism sector in November 2020. This momentum continued for the month of July with 114,548 departures from Lynden Pindling International Airport.

“Underlying this development, U.S. departures recovered to 109,454 from 8,145 a year earlier. In addition, non-U.S. departures totalled 5,094 exceeding 788 in the prior year,” the report said. “On a year-to-date basis, the decrease in outward bound traffic moderated to just 2% from 63.7% last year.” U.S. departures grew by 12.1%, contrasting with the 64.8% falloff in 2020. Conversely, “non-U.S. departures declined by 74.7%, extending the 56.3% reduction in the comparative period in 2020.”

Extract from CARICOM BUSINESS Vol 4 No. 35

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