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The Islands of the Bahamas: 2003 visitor arrivals break records

The Islands Of The Bahamas greeted 4.41 million visitors in 2003, establishing a new, all-time record of…

The Islands Of The Bahamas greeted 4.41 million visitors in 2003, establishing a new, all-time record of visitor arrivals. The results, which combine both air and sea arrivals represent a 4.3 percent increase over 2002. Year-after-year, The Bahamas continues to post increases in visitor arrivals, again proving that The Islands Of The Bahamas are the premier destinations of the Caribbean.



The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) maintains an aggressive marketing focus for the destination and recently unveiled a new branding campaign that highlights island hopping among the 700 islands of The Bahamas as well as the culture, people and experiences that make The Bahamas distinct. With major on-island developments including new properties, attractions and renovations, the new campaign promotes a variety of travel options for multiple visits to The Bahamas.



The BMOT also completed a redesign of the destination`s official Web site Bahamas.com. The new site, which is easy to navigate, offers vacationers various tools to help make educated travel decisions. For the first time, visitors to Bahamas.com can purchase vacation packages or air, hotel and car separately on a booking engine powered by Expedia(r). The Web site allows consumers to research and save interesting trip components, read customer feedback on resorts or post their own experiences for others to review. Travelers can also click through 14 individual island pages to learn about what makes each island unique. A monthly event calendar and weather updates are available.



The Bahamas can be reached in less than three hours from New York (45 minutes from Florida`s East Coast), and offers affordability and diversity. The destination boasts more than 700 islands, and accommodations range from the magnificent Atlantis, Paradise Island and beach-front resorts of Nassau/Paradise Island; to Our Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island; to the dozens of smaller hotels, retreats and exclusive hide-a-ways in the pristine Out Islands like Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera and Bimini.

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