Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, the Hon. Chester Cooper revealed in the House Of Assembly on Monday a record number of tourist arrivals in the country.

Cooper said, “I’m thrilled, Mr. Deputy, to announce that at the end of September this year we have surpassed 7.2 million tourists arrivals. Cooper continued, “today is a record, tomorrow is a new record, the week will set a new record and everyday after everyday for the remainder of this year will be setting a new benchmark for tourism arrivals in our country.”

The Minister also informed Parliament of the arrival numbers by island. “Berry Islands, up, 36%. Eleuthera, up, 44%. Abaco, up, 38% overall with air arrivals up 31%. And notwithstanding, the prophets of gloom and doom, Grand Bahama is up 64%. And Central Grand Bahama is leading growth in air arrivals with an increase of 43.6%.”

Cooper said the government will continue the revitalization of Grand Bahama.