Bahamas tourism reports things back to normal after Noel's visit

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism reported that business returned to normal in Nassau on Friday following Tropical Storm Noel's departure from the islands.

Nassau's airport, which had closed briefly during the storm, reopened at 8 a.m. with inbound and outbound traffic moving as anticipated. Regularly scheduled flights arrived in time for the weekend; Continental, JetBlue and US Airways added extra capacity to account for Thursday's cancellations.

Tourism officials said hotels remained open throughout the storm. The cruise port in Nassau also remained open with the Carnival Sensation, the Disney Wonder, the Disney Magic and the Seabourn Pride making their regular calls in port.

The Grand Bahama International Airport and cruise port remained open throughout the storm and all regular air service operated on schedule. Meanwhile, all airports throughout the Out Islands have reopened.

Good weather has returned and most minor disruptions due to Noel have been resolved, according to tourism officials.

Over the weekend, Noel, briefly a Category 1 hurricane, became a Nor'Easter and brought heavy surf to the Eastern seabord.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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