The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is targeting the multi-billion general aviation/private plane market, recently rolling out the red carpet to lavishly pamper key aviation executives, according The Bahamas Weekly.
A four day/three night familiarization tour of the Bahamas attracted pilots, and representatives from aviation clubs, associations, schools, FBOs and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The report notes that:
“With more than 640,000 private pilots in the U.S. and some 48, 244 in the state of Florida alone, the Bahamas is making every effort to capture its share of this lucrative market. Statistical 2008 data indicates that during that year, the visit of some 82, 949 private pilots accounted for 476,593 room nights for the Bahamas.”