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MOTA: Abaco businesses are recovering

Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has announced that many hotels, ferry services, airlines, tour operators and attractions have resumed business in The Abacos four months after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island chain. Read an update from the Ministry here. 

Tourism Today
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

NASSAU, Bahamas – February 2020 (Tourism Today/MOTA) – Just four months after Hurricane Dorian left a devastating impact on the northern islands in The Bahamas, The Abacos–a 120-mile chain of islands and cays–are already witnessing a wave of progress.

Many hotels, ferry services, airlines, tour operators and attractions resumed business in The Abacos, a destination beloved for its natural beauty, white sand beaches and world-class sailing. While Marsh Harbour, Central and Northern Abaco and several cays throughout the destination are in the midst of rebuilding, several businesses are already welcoming guests with open arms.

“Though the road to recovery has been challenging, we are confident that The Abacos will be back stronger and better than ever before,” said Minister of Tourism & Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation recently optimized bahamas.com/abaco to accurately inform travelers on what is open for business including status updates of hotel and resort re-openings, airport updates, operational ferries and a user-friendly map that will help visitors plan their trips to areas of the island that are welcoming guests.

Hotels and resorts that are back to business and welcoming guests include:

  • South Abaco: The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, The Sandpiper Inn, The Delphi Club, The Black Fly Bonefish Lodges, Abaco Breeze, Oeisha’sResort, Pete & Gay’s Guest House, Moore’s Island Bonefish Lodge and R&S Motel
  • Central Abaco: Abaco Hillside Plaza, Calypso Hills Hideaways and Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. Abaco Beach Resort and Marina in Marsh Harbour is also open for business, however resort services are limited
  • North Abaco: James Inn, M&M Hotel, Millie’s Guest House, Linton’s Cottages, Cay’s Resort LTD, Cooper’s Cove Motel, Island Bay Front Hotel, Joleeka’s Motel, Josey Wales and Sassy Cassie Motel

The Abacos are also seeing tremendous progress from a handful of popular hotels and resorts as they have set re-opening dates for Spring 2020 including Firefly Sunset Resort, Green Turtle Club Resort and Marina and others.

Leonard Thompson International Airport, formerly known as The Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH), is presently offering international and domestic flight services.

  • Bahamasair is offering regular flights from Nassau to Marsh Harbour daily and to Treasure Cay four times a week. The airline also has direct flights from West Palm Beach, Florida to Marsh Harbour on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Silver Airways resumed service between Fort Lauderdale and Marsh Harbour, offering five flights per week

For further information and updates from The Abacos, please visit bahamas.com/abaco. If you are planning a vacation to The Abacos, please contact your hotel directly for additional information on your trip.

To help fund the recovery and rebuilding efforts taking place in The Abacos, visit bahamas.com/relief.

This is an excerpt from Tourism Today as it appeared on February 12, 2020. For updates or to read the current version of this post in its entirety, please click here.

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In his first National Report for 2020, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced two major developments for the storm-ravaged islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, and provided an update on the government’s reconstruction programme post-Hurricane Dorian.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest brought remarks at the start of the budget debate on the Supplementary "Hurricane Dorian" Budget in the House of Assembly yesterday. Read his full remarks here.

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