According to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the Islands of the Bahamas saw the volume of air arrivals increase by 48.7% in September 2018, growing from 42,672 arrivals in September 2017 to 63,453 air arrivals in September 2018. The Bahamas were severely impacted by two major hurricanes in September 2017 which significantly reduced air arrivals during that month. Through the first nine months of 2018 the Bahamas saw a 16.5% increase in the volume of air arrivals, growing from 1,032,279 arrivals in the first nine months of 2017 to 1,202,772 air arrivals in the same nine months of 2018.
Cruise arrivals grew by 66% in September 2018, from 198,374 cruise visitors in September 2017, to 329,388 cruise visitors in September 2018. Through the first nine months of 2018 the Bahamas saw the number of cruise visitors increase by 6.1%, growing from 3,357,414 cruise visitors in 2017 to 3,561,653 visitors in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.