The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism closed its New York City office, leaving the office in Plantation, Fla., as its only U.S. office.

The Plantation office serves the U.S. and Central and South America.

Tourism offices remain open are in Toronto, London and Paris. In addition, Bahamas tourism representatives are stationed in other markets.

The New York office was on East 52nd St. and employed three people, who were given the option of relocating to Plantation, according to the Nassau Guardian.

Closing the New York office will save between $400,000 and $600,000 a year, according to David Johnson, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

"The Internet restructured the way we now interface with consumers via our official website at and the toll-free line at 800-BAHAMAS," Johnson said.

"Our people at the Plantation office can easily fly out [of Miami and Fort Lauderdale] for meetings with tour operators all over the U.S.," he said.

At one time, Bahamas tourism offices were located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia.

"It made economic sense 50 years ago when the industry was driven by demand from the major population centers," Johnson said.


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