Supplier Spotlight - Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA)

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) logo

Number of years company has been in business:
75 + years

In 50 words or less, please share a quick description for your company:
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation is a government agency whose primary focus is to attract tourists to this tropical destination of 700 islands. An equally important goal of this agency is to create an investment friendly climate that will attract a greater number of investors to this progressive nation where investment opportunities abound.

Do you have a Travel Advisor Specialist Program and if so please share the URL where advisors can learn more or sign-up:
Yes. https://www.bahamas.com/travel-agents

Share a little about the company culture (what you're most excited about as an employee):
A passionate team spirit resonates throughout the organisation; agility and the ability to expertly guide our travel partners through the many destination options on offer to their clients. 

As it relates to romance travel, what unique value proposition(s) set your brand apart from the competition?
Easy facilitation/access to the Romance Experts at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism – turn-key product.

What is new and exciting that you're looking forward to share with this year's Romance Travel Forum delegates?
New, revitalized product in the capital city and in several of our surrounding islands; return and new airlift to the destination.

The travel industry is forever evolving. What are some of the trends you're seeing, and what initiatives is your brand developing to support travel sellers grow their business?
Due to pent-up demand for travel over the past couple years as a result of the pandemic, travellers are making shorter than normal, impromptu bookings, and in many cases longer stays – most hotels are experiencing full occupancy.  In terms of Romance travel – millennials’ buying power is King. BMOTIA is remaining front and centre stage by updating modules, offering virtual experiences (webinars, etc.) and in-person familiarization trips to the Destination

What are your traditional commission structures?
This varies from supplier to supplier within the destination.

Why should travel advisors work with your brand?
A well-recognised travel brand/destination – we have been honoured with many international Travel Awards – our Team members are  experts on the destination and possess the highest level of professionalism. 

What tools/technologies do you have in place to support travel sellers, and do they integrate into current available technologies? If yes, please share which ones.
Bahamas.com, also the Bahamas Specialists Program – agents can sign up for this platform at Bahamas.com.

When communicating with your company, what can travel advisors expect (ie turnaround time, dedicated point person, etc.)?
Response within 24-48 hours or less – there are various departments within BMOTIA whose primary goal is to address all incoming enquiries.

How and where can travel advisors book or get support when selling your product?
Bahamas.com or 1.800.bahamas

In light of Covid19 still being a part of our day-to-day operations, are there protocols you think are essential for travel advisors to be aware of when booking your brand?
Travel protocols for entry to The Bahamas involve a simple two-step process. Travellers must first obtain a negative covid test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to date of arrival in the Bahamas. Vaccinated travellers are required to present a negative Rapid Antigen Test or a RT-PCR Test. All unvaccinated travellers must present a negative RT-PCR Test. Once in possession of the appropriate negative COVID-19 test result, the next step is to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.