Monday, 10 July marked the 50th Anniversary of Independence for The Bahamas, a resilient Caribbean destination brimming with natural beauty, rich culture, longstanding traditions, and true Bahamian pride. To celebrate this incredible milestone, the 16-island destination invited travellers to join Bahamians in embracing their way of life and discovered why it was deserving of a Golden Jubilee.
“The immense pride that I, alongside my Bahamian brothers and sisters, experienced this Independence Day, was seen, heard and felt throughout each of our 16 islands,” said the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. “On our day of independence, 10 July and every day after, we celebrate our people, culture and natural beauty that has shaped our country into what it is today.”
From the pulsating sounds and sights of Junkanoo throughout Nassau, Grand Bahama and the Out Islands to the colours of the Bahamian flag beaming from the Empire State Building in New York City, The Bahamas Golden Jubilee shone well beyond its shores. Visitors are encouraged to continue celebrating the destination’s 50 Years of Independence throughout the year by immersing themselves into the true spirit of The Bahamas. A few examples of how those can participate:
Discover the 50 Reasons to Love The Bahamas: From The Bahamas’ unique geographical diversity, endless land and sea adventures and laidback island lifestyle, to its vibrant culture, historical landmarks and unexpected experiences, this list of “50 Reasons to Love The Bahamas” will leave visitors with a deeper understanding of the destination, beyond the beaches.
Engage in Cultural Celebrations Throughout the 16 Islands: From Junkanoo rush outs and fireworks to cultural festivals, regattas and markets, there are plenty of ways now through December 2023 to celebrate The Bahamas Golden Jubilee .
Support Local Businesses & Artists: Honour The Bahamas by shopping at locally owned Bahamian businesses across the islands or see the destination through Bahamian artists ’ eyes by visiting local art galleries, studios and exhibitions.
Dive into Local Bahamian History: Take a break from the beach, and head to the many cultural landmarks and historical museums that can be found on each of The Bahamas’ 16 islands. There are endless traditions and unexpected stories waiting to be discovered.
The Bahamas’ tourism economy has experienced quite a transformative year leading up to its golden anniversary, having welcomed more than 4.2 million travellers to its shores through May, well on the path to meeting the goal of 8 million visitors in 2023. The Bahamas remains at the top of travellers’ bucket lists, and with new, first-ever non-stop flights from major markets, a cutting-edge new cruise port, recent hotel openings and one-of-a-kind experiences across the islands, there’s no better time than now to visit The Bahamas.
“There is so much to experience every day throughout the Islands of The Bahamas, but this year, a visit is made even more special with the ongoing celebration of our 50th Anniversary of Independence igniting a renewed sense of energy to the destination,” said Latia Duncombe, Director General of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. “The strength of our visitor numbers is a testament to beauty of our destination and the hospitality of our people, and we look forward to continuing this momentum through the second half of this year.”
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