Emirates and The Bahamas Sign Agreement to Grow Tourism to the Islands

January 3, 2023

Emirates has signed an agreement with The Bahamas to promote leisure and business tourism with the island nation.

The agreement between Emirates and the Ministry of Tourism of The Bahamas will see a number of joint initiatives launched in order to attract tourists from all around the world to the islands. 

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive, and HE Tony Joudi, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the UAE and the State of Qatar, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Emirates Group Headquarters.

Witnessing this momentous occasion was Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, and Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for the Americas. The MoU is seen as a positive step towards increased business cooperation the two countries.  The agreement will benefit both regions through furthering open dialogue, co-operation and collaboration in various areas. 

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive said: “We are pleased to collaborate with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas in supporting its goals to boost the nation’s tourism economy. Through our partnerships with United and Air Canada, we look forward to playing a key role in promoting The Bahamas as a key leisure destination. Our global customers from across our network can enjoy Emirates’ services to our points in North America and benefit from enhanced connectivity and access to the islands.”  

His Excellency Tony Joudi, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the UAE and the State of Qatar said: “I would like to thank Emirates for playing a role in strengthening the connection between the two countries. Tourism is the lifeblood of our nation’s economy and, by growing visitor arrivals to our tropical island paradise, we hope to achieve our goals of stimulating the tourism economy and providing impetus to the business climate."

The stunning archipelago known as The Bahamas is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and clear ocean waters in the world. Spread out over 16 major islands, this breathtaking destination is comprised of over 100,000 square miles of tropical paradise. From blissful white sand beaches to awe-inspiring coral reefs, visitors will be enthralled by the endless adventures that await them.

With this MoU, the two parties plan to kick off marketing activities as early as the first quarter of 2023, including media and trade familiarization trips, along with the development of tailor-made tour packages through Emirates Holidays, which can be booked by customers across the airline’s vast network. In addition, they will explore opportunities to collaborate on joint advertising campaigns to further promote this West Indies destination. All these efforts are set to benefit the airline and increase tourist arrivals into The Bahamas.  By showcasing the destination’s appeal to visitors, this agreement will surely make the country an even more attractive holiday spot.

While the majority of visitor traffic to The Bahamas is comprised of travellers from the US and Canada, The Bahamas also attracts tourists from other international points in Emirates’ network including the United Arab Emirates, Greece, India, China, the Philippines and Singapore.

Emirates is a world-class airline known for its modern fleet of aircrafts, which includes the luxurious Boeing 777 and Airbus A380. Currently, Emirates customers can connect to Nassau airport via codeshare flights with Air Canada which depart from Toronto, or via interline flights with United that depart from major US airports such as Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR), and Chicago (ORD). With a huge network of more than 130 destinations across six continents, Emirates ensures that its passengers have access to the world's most exciting destinations.

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