Silver currently offers nonstop service from PBIA to Tampa and Marsh Harbour (Abacos).
“Silver Airways is an integral part of travel from PBI to the Bahamas,” said Bruce Pelly, Director of Airports for Palm Beach County. “We are very excited to offer our travelers the opportunity to fly Silver Airways nonstop to Nassau, Bahamas from PBI.”
Silver Airways said it is offering introductory fares for the new flights, including $79 one-way tickets from Palm Beach to Nassau. The promotion runs through Feb. 29 and is good for travel between June 1 and July 29.
“We are looking forward to continuing our commitment to serving travelers by growing our core markets in Florida and the Bahamas,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen. “We are also excited about Silver’s future continued expansion as we anticipate the U.S. and Cuba governments signing the bilateral agreement, which will open additional opportunities for scheduled service in the Caribbean and Cuba.”
Palm Beach County mosquito control officials fielded a handful of phone calls on Thursday from concerned tourists wary about traveling to the region after nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were detected in four Florida counties, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to declare a health emergency.
Although no Zika cases have been reported in Palm Beach County, an official with the mosquito control division said the staff received at least six calls on Thursday from tourists who plan to travel here but had concerns about the virus, which has been linked with an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil.
At least one local hotel — Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa — said it was waiving cancellation fees as a result of the virus. Roger Amidon, the resort’s general manager and a member of the county’s Tourist Development Council, said one out-of-town guest, who is pregnant, had already canceled her trip.
“The Palm Beaches are a desirable tourist destination, and we remain in close contact with the State Tourism Officials as well as the Palm Beach County Department of Health, Public Affairs and Mosquito Control to stay current with any developments,” said Jorge Pesquera, Discover’s president and CEO. “We have a well-funded and effective Mosquito Control department and feel confident that the county’s preventative measures will continue to protect the public.”
If you are having a Super Bowl party this year, you are probably going to spend a little more on food, supplies, and team gear.
According to the National Retail Federation, football fans are expected to spend slightly more than they did for the Super Bowl in 2015.
Viewers and partygoers will spend an average of $82.19 on food, décor, team apparel and more, up from $77.88 last year, according to the federation’s Super Bowl Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics.
Total Super Bowl-related spending is expected to top $15.5 billion.
“Two great teams going head-to-head and a historic game celebrating the 50th Super Bowl could make this one of the most-celebrated football games we’ve seen in some time,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We expect retailers will be aggressive with promotions on food and decorations as well as athletic wear and electronics in the coming days as they look to entice those planning to watch the Super Bowl.”
An estimated 188.9 million football fans plan to watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers battle it out for the Super Bowl 50 championship title on Sunday, up from the estimated 183.7 million who planned to watch last year, the federation said.
“The excitement around the Super Bowl this year should help retailers and restaurants kick off 2016 on a positive track,” Shay said.
Of those watching the game, the federation’s survey found:
34.7 percent say the football game is the most important part of the day (85 million) while 17.7 percent say the commercials are (43.4 million), and another 4.5 percent say enjoying the fun food is the most important for them (11 million);
43.3 million fans are planning to throw a Super Bowl party (17.7%) while another 70 million say they’d rather let their friends and relatives do the hosting and attend one instead (28.6%);
79.8 percent of partygoers and viewers will purchase food;
7.7 percent of Americans are planning to purchase a new television to enjoy the game – (similar to last year’s 8.8 percent), which could amount to an estimated 8.6 million new televisions;
11.1 percent of those planning to watch the game will buy new team apparel and/or accessories – an estimated 20.9 million new items purchased;
Nearly eight in 10 (78.6%) Americans say they view the commercials during the Super Bowl as entertainment, while 17.5 percent say they make them aware of advertisers’ brands, and 10.3 percent said they influence them to buy products from the advertisers.