In March of this year, Baha Mar Resorts and Air Ambulance Worldwide developed a programme that ensured that American guests staying at any of the three properties situated in Nassau would be quickly and safely flown home to the US should they test positive upon their arrival. The three properties include the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar and the Rosewood Baha Mar hotel.
The ‘Travel with Confidence’ programme was the first of its kind, conceived and implemented by a resort where the cost of the emergency Covid-19 repatriation was covered in the cost of the stay. Baha Mar has instituted some of the world’s most rigorous Covid-19 testing protocols in order to keep guests safe and their stay at the hotel worry-free.
Baha Mar provides dining credit and private air travel
Their website includes the following pledge: “Baha Mar’s Travel with Confidence programme pledges that should a resort guest test positive during their stay, Baha Mar will facilitate their quarantine with courtesy suite accommodations and a daily resort dining credit of US$150 per person per day, for up to 14 days or until the guest receives a negative Covid-19 result. Should the guest choose to leave The Bahamas earlier, Baha Mar will provide private air travel to the US mainland for the guest and their immediate family, free of charge.”
Over half of the workforce in The Bahamas rely on tourism for their income, and it accounts for 50 per cent of the 5.17-Billion-dollar pre-Covid GDP of the island nation. The Travel with Confidence programme was initially designed to safely revive the tattered tourism industry and provide a welcome safe haven for the Baha Mar’s patrons. In doing so, it has become a beacon for a world struggling to find good news as it slowly emerges from a global pandemic.
The Balearic Islands have come up with a similar plan, covering the cost of repatriation for tourists if they have tested positive for Covid while in the Balearics and are therefore unable to take their scheduled flights home.