The Bahamas’ “very impressive double-digit growth” in stopover arrivals across the destination, including the Family Islands, was a decisive factor in the country earning the Caribbean Journal’s ‘Tourism Destination of the Year’ designation. Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar also earned the Journal’s ‘Tourism Minister of the Year’ designation “for shepherding this very complete and diverse growth this year.” Alexander Britell, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Caribbean Journal said The Bahamas’ “complete and diverse growth” over the past year “was very impressive.” Mr. Britell presented Minister D’Aguilar with the double awards during a brief ceremony held at the offices of The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism, downtown, Nassau, February 22, 2019. Also present was Mr. Guy Britton, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of Caribbean Journal.
Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering the Caribbean with original content and video focusing on travel and tourism across the entire Caribbean Basin. The Journal is considered the global leader in covering Caribbean travel and trade news. Mr. Britell said the Journal’s Selection Process “is a very competitive process as the Journal’s Editorial Team looks at everything from hotel development to tourism arrival numbers, flights
Mr. Britell said the results indicate that there is a growing awareness among travelers that The Bahamas is more than just Nassau and Grand Bahama. “People are talking about Cat Island, Long Island, Eleuthera
“I have said this over and over again, that there is no need to visit anywhere else in the Caribbean because in The Bahamas we have everything you could possibly want in a Caribbean vacation. In Nassau, which is our
“It really brings about the culmination of what we have been trying to do at the Ministry of Tourism and that is to market our 16 different destinations. We have developed a credible strategy, launched a new marketing campaign. All of that is contributing to the phenomenal growth that we are seeing,” Minister D’Aguilar added. Minister D’Aguilar said he was “delighted and humbled” to receive both awards. “Delighted, that The Bahamas was selected by a reputable and well-known company such as Caribbean Journal as the Destination of the Year and then I am humbled to receive the Tourism Minister of the Year Award. I really am receiving this on behalf of the 376 hard-working members of the Ministry of Tourism. It is because of them that I am here today receiving this award. I am delighted and humbled to receive both of these Awards from the Caribbean Journal and I shall have them prominently displayed for everyone to see what wonderful things we are doing here in The Bahamas.”