The Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, is expected to attend the 45thAnnual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, taking place April 2-7, 2019 in Lakeland, Florida.  The largest convention in Florida and the second largest aviation conference in the United States, Sun ’n Fun attracts more than 200,000 pilots, aviation enthusiasts and media professionals from around the world and features some 500 vendors and over 10,000 airplanes, from homebuilt to war birds.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) has an excellent relationship and joint marketing partnership with Sun ’n Fun International, to promote its destination, private aviation guidelines, benefits, seminars, and fly outs, all of which have proven beneficial for The Bahamas.

In 2018, The Bahamas received over 122,000 private aviation arrivals, and private jet charters generated more than $387 million in revenue for the country, making The Bahamas the Caribbean’s top destination for private aviation. In 2018, The Bahamas also experienced historic growth in tourism, as more than 6.6 million persons visited the country, a figure which represents an increase of 486,176 visitors over 2017, and the highest number of visitors the destination has ever welcomed in its history.

The Bahamas is expected to have increased visibility at this year’s Sun ’n Fun during several planned Bahamas seminars, dinner reception, and airshow broadcasts, which will showcase the new Bahamas’ “Fly Away” commercials featuring Bahamian-American rock legend, Lenny Kravitz.  The MOTA team will also participate in numerous radio and television broadcasts during the week, including an exclusive 30-minute television broadcast on Florida Aviation Network, with Minister D’Aguilar.

As a close out to Sun ’n Fun on April 7, some 40 pilots will fly out from Sun ’n Fun to Freeport, Grand Bahama, Cat Island and Treasure Cay, Abaco.  Their beach side experiences in The Bahamas will be broadcast and streamed live into Sun ’n Fun, to further demonstrate and promote The Bahamas’ proximity to the United States, its natural beauty, unique culture and ease of travel to its islands.