According to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism preliminary tourism statistics, shows double-digit increases in air arrivals and hotel. The tourism industry is expected to gain further momentum in 2015, as the Ministry of Tourism intensifies its promotional efforts, working in tandem with the travel trade to package and sell The Bahamas in a number of key markets.“We have definitely started the year on strong footing and I want to thank and encourage our Tourism team, industry partners and stakeholders for their hard work. It is about working together to build stronger partnerships and we have an inclusive, comprehensive tourism strategy in place to grow inbound travel. It builds on our collective strengths, the beauty and multiplicity of our islands, our heritage, our culture and the diversity of the product. Our goal is to grow tourism spending to USD 2.8 billion this year as we work in partnership with global organisations and governments to secure an economic legacy for our country. The timing could not be better for the Bahamas and together, we will continue to make major strides in tourism growth throughout 2015 and for many years to come,” said Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.