Superyachts.com had the pleasure of hosting Anthony Stuart of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in our interview studio, and we were eager to learn more about how the past year has affected the yachting industry's favoured tropical escape.
"In fact due to our location which is really close to the southern United States, Florida and along the eastern seaboard - and even all the way up north and into Canada - what was happening was a lot of the yachts were coming down to the Bahamas."
Despite obvious challenges incurred by travel restrictions, Anthony tells us, there was in fact a silver lining for the Bahamas' superyacht visitors during this period. "Instead of coming for maybe a month they were now coming for three months, and taking the opportunity to explore some of our more remote islands."
Already a superyacht haven for its crystal clear waters, white sands and balmy climate, the Bahamas has responded to recent changes by putting in place several measures to even better cater to the superyacht clientele the islands attract. "We've made it easy for everybody to come to the Bahamas, we have a Travel Health visa they can fill out online at Bahamas.com."
Catering to a superyacht clientele means never resting on your laurels, a philosophy the Bahamas is known for. We were keen to learn more about the exciting upcoming plans and developments in store for this innovative island group.
"We have a number of new developments in Nassau, the Hurricane Hole Marina which is currently under construction, it's going to take on a whole new approach with even its own mini hospital and mini clinic with an MRI facility in place."
With 700 islands and 100,000 square miles of ocean, there is always something new to see from the Bahamas. We look forward to welcoming Anthony back next year for more exciting updates.