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Official Update from Bahamian Ministry of Tourism

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Hurricane Dorian lingered over the Bahamas as category 4 hurricane for several days (Image: NOAA)

Hurricane Dorian has moved out of The Islands Of The Bahamas and an all clear from hurricane effects has been issued for the country. Relief teams have been deployed to The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island. 

The Bahamian Ministry of Tourism is asking visitors not to cancel trips to the islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the islands of Abacos and Grand Bahama.

Dorian, classed as a category 4 hurricane when it made landfall, lingered over the northwestern Bahamas for several days. At least 30 people were killed and the death toll is expected to rise. While some people might understandably be hesitant to visit, the Ministry is keen to stress that with the exception of Abacos and Grand Bahama, most of the islands that make up the nation of the Bahamas were unaffected.

Official statement:

Hurricane Dorian has moved out of The Islands Of The Bahamas and an all-clear from hurricane effects has been issued for the country. Relief teams have been deployed to The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island. Islands that were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian remain open and are receiving visitors.

In the Northwest Bahamas, these include the Bahamas capital of Nassau and neighbouring Paradise Island, as well as Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Andros.

Islands in the Southeastern and Central Bahamas remain unaffected, including The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Mayaguana and Inagua.

'There are no words to convey the grief we feel for our fellow Bahamians in The Abacos and Grand Bahama,' said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar. 'Now is the time to come together for our brothers and sisters in need, and help our country get back on its feet,' he said, adding: 'We also implore travellers to continue visiting the Bahamian islands that were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian as this will help our people tremendously.' Tourism generates at least 40 per cent of the Bahamas' GDP and employs more than half of the islands' population.

An official hurricane relief website has been set up at www.bahamas.com/relief for those who wish to donate funds or provide support to the islands and their populations.

The statement also provides an update on airports, hotels airlines and cruise schedules, however it also notes that 'This is not a comprehensive list and visitors are strongly advised to check directly with airlines, hotels and cruise lines regarding possible impacts to travel plans.'

AIRPORTS
  • Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau remains open. There have been flightcancellations and travelers should contact their airlines directly for any schedule changes.
  • Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) is closed
  • Leonard Thompson International Airport (MHH) in Marsh Harbour, Abaco is closed
  • All other airports throughout The Bahamas are open and operational
HOTELS
  • Hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island remain open
  • Hotels in The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island are closed
  • Reservation holders should contact properties directly for complete information
FERRY, CRUISE AND PORTS
  • Nassau ports are open and operating on their normal schedule, although cruise line schedules may be altered
  • Grand Bahama Island’s Freeport Harbour is closed
  • Bahamas Ferries have cancelled all sailings until further notice. Passengers seeking further information should call 242-323-2166
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration remains closed and has cancelled 3 September and 5 September sailings.

For information on Bahamas Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, please visit www.bahamas.com/relief. You can also find updates on the Bahamas Tourism Facebook page

 

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