As the Bahamas recovers from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, tourism officials are appealing to tourists to visit the Islands in the chain that are open to visitors.
“When people say the Bahamas has been devastated, it gives the wrong impression,” says Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, deputy director general of the tourism ministry, according to the Washington Post.
“We definitely need the visitors to come,” Thompson was quoted as saying.
The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays spread over 100,000 square miles.
While Grand Bahama and the Abacos in the North have been devastated, fourteen of the Islands are welcoming visitors, according to media reports.
“We are still a beautiful tourism destination,” June Dean, who is responsible for the Harbour Island Tourist Office told the Miami Herald.
“Unfortunately our sister islands, Abaco and Grand Bahama, were totally devastated in the storm. But we are still open, we are still beautiful,” the publication quoted her as saying.
CNN reports that some 60% of the country’s revenue comes directly and indirectly from tourism.
As the public seeks information on how they can best help the country recover, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) urges consumers to know that the best thing they can do for the country, now more than ever, is simple: visit The Bahamas,”a Bahamas Ministry of Tourism release his week stated.
The release quoted Tourism & Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar as saying that maintaining a robust tourism industry will be vital in helping the country to recover and rebuild.