The Bahamas in sports tourism boom

The Bahamas in sports tourism boom

The Bahamas is benefiting from a boost in visitor spending with “exponential” growth in sports tourism.

Director of sports tourism development, Tyrone Sawyer said, “Sports tourism is growing almost exponentially. We just had Battle 4 Atlantis, which generated a tremendous amount of air stopover visitors and room nights,” he said.

The Junkanoo Jam tournament in Grand Bahama brought some 500 participants, about 1,000 room nights and expenditure in the millions, Sawyer said.

The country hopes to attract some 350 visitors to the Marathon Bahamas, which takes place on the Martin Luther King birthday weekend in January, with promotions in Florida.

The Bahamas Speed Week Revival is another important event on the sports tourism calendar, said Sawyer. Speed Week 2011 drew about 300 to 500 visitors to the Bahamas.