The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation says that despite challenges faced in 2020, the country continues to position itself as a leading Caribbean travel destination as it continued to receive top accolades from consumer, trade and niche vertical award shows.
“With its unique geography of 16 major islands and hundreds of cays, the islands appeal to travelers eager to get away and indulge in a secluded vacation,” said the ministry in a statement.
“As the island nation looks back at 2020, with a number of awards from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Caribbean Journal under its belt, the Bahamas is determined to have an even brighter 2021.”
Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu said: “We are thrilled to have the Bahamas recognized in so many awards, despite the difficult year our tourism industry faced.
“These awards certify that the Bahamas remains a favorite among travelers, and we are eager to continue to welcome them back in the new year,” she added.
Jibrilu said the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s “Still Rockin’” campaign was awarded the best destination advertising/marketing campaign in Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Jibrilu said the campaign highlighted the Bahamas’ 14 major islands unimpacted by the storm, which contributed to the country’s record-breaking year of 7.2 million visitors in 2019.
Additionally, she said the ministry’s “From the Bahamas with Love” campaign was awarded silver in the Destination Marketing TV Commercial category.
Jibrilu said the digital campaign was voiced by Lenny Kravitz, “with the message that together we can get through difficult times and get back to normalcy.
“The TV spot brought hope to the homebound with images of the Bahamas’ crystal-clear water,” she said.
The tourism director said the Abacos, Harbour Island, the Exumas and Eleuthera were recognized in Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards in the Top 25 Islands in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas category.
Andros’ Kamalame Cay Resort was also awarded in the Top 100 Hotels in the World and Top 25 Caribbean Resort Hotels categories, Jibrilu said.
She said four Bahamian hotels were recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Kamalame Cay, Rosewood Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar were included in the Top 15 Resorts in the Atlantic Islands category.
In Caribbean Journal’s 7th annual Caribbean Travel Awards, Jibrilu said the Bahamas was awarded “Innovative Destination of the Year” for its continued flexibility throughout the pandemic and setting a standard for destination entry practices.
Additionally, she said Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport was named “Caribbean Airport of the Year”, and Graycliff was recognized as the “Caribbean Restaurant of the Year.”
Jibrilu said the Bahamas was recognized in this year’s Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards, with placements highlighting the destination’s vast dive offerings across 700 islands and cays.
She said the country was voted number one for “Best Big Animals”, placed in the top five for “Best Overall Destination”, “Best Cave Diving”, “Best Snorkeling” and “Best Value” and in the top 10 for “Best Wreck Diving”, “Best Wall Diving”, “Best Advanced Diving”, “Best Photography”, “Best Shore Diving”, “Best Macro Life” and “Best Health of Marine Life”.