By Hazem Hussein and Amjad Saleh
DUBAI, UAE, (WAM) – Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ministry of foreign affairs and public service of The Bahamas to explore joint initiatives to promote tourism to the island nation.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Frederick A Mitchell MP, minister of foreign affairs and public service, The Bahamas at the Emirates Group Headquarters. Also present at the meeting were Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer; Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior VP Commercial Operations for the Americas; and Tony Joudi, ambassador of The Bahamas to the UAE.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Across the world, Emirates plays a key role in boosting tourism to various destinations by providing travellers with reliable, convenient and comfortable flight options for travel. We are delighted to work with The Bahamas to strengthen transport links and to support the country to welcome tourists from around the world. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
Frederick A Mitchell MP said: “We are happy to be working together with Emirates to promote The Bahamas as a destination of choice for travellers from across the world. The Bahamas is truly an unmatched destination offering a wide variety of leisure experiences that can appeal to every visitor. We are grateful to the support offered by Emirates and we look forward to welcoming tourists from the UAE and other global markets to The Bahamas.”
Spread across 16 major islands and boasting more than 100,000 sq. miles of the world’s clearest ocean, The Bahamas is one of the most sought-after tourism destinations in the Caribbean offering a rich mix of leisure and cultural activities for visitors.
Through the MoU, Emirates will develop initiatives to promote The Bahamas as a tourism destination to customers across its global network, including developing enhanced connectivity to Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) from American gateways through its codeshare and interline partners.
Additionally, through its tour operating arm Emirates Holidays, the airline is also making available to customers and its travel retail partners across its markets, a range of travel packages including hotels and flights to The Bahamas.
Currently, Emirates customers can connect to Nassau airport on codeshare flights with JetBlue from four major US airports including Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK) and Orlando (MCO). Customers can also opt to fly through Toronto on interline flights with Air Canada to Nassau and George Town.