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Destination Friday for The Bahamas, a smashing success with patrons at African American Research Library - Apr 17, 2019 - 4:50:56 PM

Some two hundred patrons attended a special ‘”Taste of The Bahamas” Reception held recently at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.  The event, which showcased the diverse culture of The Bahamas, with special emphasis on Freeport, Grand Bahama, was part of the Broward County Library Destination Friday’s program and was facilitated by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA).

The event featured Bahamian entertainment including a live performance by the Sunshine Junkanoo Group and DJ Levon Rolle...
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Bahamas Off to the Races with Mercedes Benz 5K Corporate Run - Apr 12, 2019 - 12:46:38 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas brand continues to be exposed to tens of thousands, as the Florida marketing team solidifies one of its major marketing strategies of participating in front facing events such as popular races, runs and marathons.

The participation of the local Bahamas Tourist Office at the recent Turkish Airlines sponsored Mercedes Benz Corporate Run, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, potentially exposed The Bahamas brand to close to 10,000 including the 8,668 official race participants, as well as organizers, sponsors and vendors...
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Bahamas participates in Airline Networking Conference, London - Apr 11, 2019 - 9:08:57 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation recently participated in the AIRLINE Networking Conference in London.

Attending were Tyrone G. Sawyer, Senior Director – Airlift Development, Ministry of Tourism & Aviation; Faye Cash, General Manager/Senior Analyst – Airlift Development, Ministry of Tourism & Aviation; and Anthony Stuart, Director of Europe at the Bahamas Tourist Office, London...
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Bahamas Promoted Heavily At Sun ‘n Fun Aviation Expo - Apr 7, 2019 - 11:50:16 PM

As The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to promote its ‘Fly Away’ campaign, many private aviators are looking to flock to the destination.

The archipelago was heavily promoted at the 45th annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly In & Expo, April 1-7 in Lakeland, Florida.

The Expo, which is the second largest aviation show in the United States, attracts some 200,000 pilots, aviation enthusiasts and media professionals...
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Minister of Tourism and Aviation to attend Sun 'n Fun Intl. Conference - Apr 4, 2019 - 2:55:47 PM

The Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, made an impactful appearance at the 45th Annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, taking place 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...
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Bahamas building on Its impressive growth in boating business - Apr 4, 2019 - 2:37:43 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas is known globally as one of the top boating destinations in the western hemisphere. Moreover, recent statistics reveal that over the past three years there has been an increase of more than 60 percent in the number of boaters to The Bahamas. 

Commenting on the impressive figures at the recent Palm Beach International Boat Show, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Director General, Joy Jibrilu, said that the increase is “just the beginning or the tip of the iceberg” and added...
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Ahoy There! A Pirate Themed Wedding In The Bahamas - Mar 26, 2019 - 12:30:26 PM

A swashbuckling Chicago couple became the latest pirates of the Caribbean recently when they had their fun-filled, pirate-themed wedding at Goodman’s Bay, in Nassau.

Matthew and Angelalynn Padua said there was no other place they wanted celebrate their love on the high seas than in The Islands Of The Bahamas...
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Port Operators get refresher on customer service - Mar 25, 2019 - 12:39:37 PM

Scores of vendors, tour operators and government agencies who operate at the Prince George Wharf got the opportunity to sharpen their customer service skills recently, during a two-day Aquila Customer Service Workshop.

Based in Canada, Aquila is a leading international tour operator, which, through its Center for Cruise Excellence, assists with enhancing the shoreline experience for cruise lines and their passengers...
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Retired Florida doctor wins a Bahamas vacation and painting by Jamaal Rolle - Mar 6, 2019 - 3:38:04 PM

Retired otolaryngologist, 85 year old, Dr. Leon Rand, of Hollywood, Florida was the lucky grand prizewinner of a vacation in the Bahamas for two on Silver Airways, along with an acrylic painting on canvas, by iconic Bahamian artist, Jamaal Rolle.  Dr. Rand, who registered for the grand prize with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s (MOTA) sales team, during the recent Art Fort Lauderdale Show, stopped by the MOTA Plantation office this past Thursday, to collect his prize...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Statement on U.S. Travel Advisory - Mar 3, 2019 - 5:51:09 PM

The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is aware of the recent update to the U.S. Travel Advisory for The Bahamas. We would note that overall, their guidance to citizens remains a Level Two advisory recommending caution, but not actually urging delay or cancellation of travel plans to our islands. We recommend that travelers to any destination maintain awareness of their surroundings and exercise basic precautions...
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Canadians Say Yes in The Bahamas - Mar 3, 2019 - 3:30:29 PM

The month of February was certainly the month of love for three lucky couples in Canada, who won an incredible opportunity to propose to their beloved ones in The Bahamas.  The romantic opportunity was a result of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s (MOTA) social media contest, “Say Yes in The Bahamas” engagement proposal. 
The contest, which was opened to bachelors who resided in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta and attracted hundreds of applicants, closed in December 2018...
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Bahamian Jamaal Rolle a Featured Artist at Art Fort Lauderdale - Mar 1, 2019 - 1:30:22 PM

As part of its new marketing strategy to integrate and highlight the culture and people of The Bahamas through innovative story telling, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) Plantation office teamed up with well-known celebrity artist Jamaal Rolle, at the recent Art Fort Lauderdale Show.

The four-day curated art show, which combined indigenous art from around the world with luxurious waterfront real estate, attracted hundreds of influential, high net patrons... 
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The Islands of The Bahamas wins big In USA Today’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards - Feb 28, 2019 - 12:28:37 PM

The Islands of The Bahamas was recognized with seven awards across three categories in this year’s USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, including Best Caribbean Beach, Best Caribbean Island for Romance and Best Caribbean Dive Site.

The Bahamas took two number one spots in the annual ranking for Best Caribbean Beach (Gold Rock Beach on Freeport) and Best Caribbean Island for Romance (Green Turtle Cay in The Abacos). Among many winning features...
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‘Complete and diverse growth’ led to Bahamas earning double awards - Feb 26, 2019 - 8:22:31 PM

The Bahamas’ “very impressive double-digit growth” in stopover arrivals across the destination, including the Family Islands, was a decisive factor in the country earning the Caribbean Journal’s 'Tourism Destination of the Year' designation.

Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar also earned the Journal’s 'Tourism Minister of the Year' designation “for shepherding this very complete and diverse growth this year.”...
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Global Ports Holding confident in potential of Game-Changing Partnership with Bahamians - Feb 24, 2019 - 7:59:50 PM

Global Ports Holding (GPH), a leading international player in the cruise tourism industry and the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the winning bidder for the redevelopment and operation of Prince George Wharf, the main cruise port in Nassau, Bahamas.

“This project marks the beginning of a new Bahamian success story,” said Mehmet Kutman, Chairman of Global Ports Holding. “The Government of the Bahamas is opening doors to create the kinds of opportunities that will make life better for all Bahamians.
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Filmmakers, Students to get tips from top Hollywood Producer - Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25:02 PM

The Movie Masters forum returns to Nassau and Grand Bahama this month, giving Bahamian filmmakers access to accomplished Hollywood professionals.

The Bahamas Film & Television Commission launched the Movie Masters lecture series in 2018 to provide opportunities for Bahamians to benefit from the experience of individuals who have already made their mark on the film industry. Prolific film and television producer, Sean Robins, will be the special guest of this year’s instalment of the Movie Masters series. Robins is a partner of Broken Road Productions...
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New Marketing Campaign Featuring Lenny Kravitz Invites Travelers to Fly Away to The Bahamas - Feb 10, 2019 - 2:28:20 PM

A new, multi-channel creative campaign featuring Bahamian-American rock legend Lenny Kravitz reveals the authentic spirit of The Bahamas as a destination of adventure and discovery. Set to the lyrics of Kravitz’s hit song Fly Away, the television commercial and supporting marketing campaign capture his deep personal connection to The Bahamas, as well as the pure adrenaline rush of exploring the archipelago’s 100,000 square miles by boat and plane.

Written in The Bahamas, Fly Away was inspired by the islands’ white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and countless summers the singer spent with his grandparents and mother, the Bahamian-American actress Roxie Roker...
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Lenny Kravitz featured in latest Bahamas tourism campaign - Feb 10, 2019 - 12:41:35 AM

"‘Fly Away’ is inspired by the feeling I get when I’m in The Bahamas." 
-- Lenny Kravitz

NEW YORK, NY -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism launched their latest campaign this past week featuring singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz and his hit song, "Fly Away" which has become the Islands of The Bahamas new slogan.

Kravitz, whose mother is of Bahamian descent, spends about half of his time living in and recording his music on the island of Eleuthera...
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Bahamas Tourism Shows “Mind Blowing” Growth - Feb 6, 2019 - 1:17:34 PM

Tourism’s “mind blowing” growth for the eleven months ending November 30, 2018 accounted for $300 million in additional spending into the Bahamian economy, Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar told House Members, Wednesday (February 6, 2019).

Mr. D’Aguilar said the new growth has also had an added impact on job creation within the Commonwealth, accounting for 10,405 new jobs. Much of this growth he said, was created in the Private Sector and in the number of self-employed persons...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on cruise video and safety - Feb 3, 2019 - 7:00:49 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation shares the following update regarding the YouTube video currently attracting attention and concern in the community. While there is speculation that this video may be a leverage tactic, we have no evidence that this video was influenced by anyone other than its creator.

The Ministry of Tourism maintains active dialogue with the cruise lines as both parties look to navigate a mutually beneficial relationship. In this regard, it is important to both The Bahamas and to the cruise lines that our destination remains desirable...
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