Business as usual for islands in the northern Bahamas after Hurricane Joaquin

Business as usual for islands in the northern Bahamas after Hurricane Joaquin

NASSAU — It’s business as usual for Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin.

The Category 4 hurricane last week damaged some of the islands in the Central and Southern Bahamas.

“It’s important to remember that The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and keys spread over 100,000 square miles. Therefore, while some of the islands are experiencing hurricane conditions, many others are not being affected,” said a spokesperson. “In essence, hurricanes rarely affect the entire country.”

The Abacos, Andros, Bimini, Eleuthera, Cat Island and the Exumas are also fine. The airports are open and the cruise ports are receiving ships; hotel properties are welcoming guests.

The islands in the Central and Southern Bahamas including Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Island, Mayaguana, Inagua, San Salvador and Rum Cay sustained damages from flooding and high winds. Power remains out on several of these islands and they require assistance in the weeks and perhaps months ahead.

“It is essential that our travel trade partners understand that while Mother Nature dealt us a hard blow with Hurricane Joaquin, much of the destination remains pristine, beautiful and open for business,” says Greg Rolle, senior director, Sales and Marketing, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “We ask that you continue to send your clients to the Northern islands in The Bahamas with the assurance that they will find it unchanged, unspoiled, and the ideal vacation paradise it has always been. We appreciate your continued support and business.”