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Young Bahamian’s Paintings Displayed to International Audience at Top National Art Fair in South Florida - Nov 8, 2018 - 9:33:54 AM

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The works of young Bahamian artist, Lyndera Hall, were recently displayed in The Islands Of The Bahamas booth during the Las Olas outdoor art event in the arts district of downtown, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The young artist, who was also in attendance in The Bahamas booth along with the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Florida marketing team, had the opportunity to see her work being appreciated by the thousands that strolled through the area over the 2- day weekend of the popular art show.
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MOTA join forces with Bahamas Hotel and Tour Operator Executives to Promote The Bahamas in China - Nov 6, 2018 - 1:08:00 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) led by the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar along with leading industry executives from Atlantis Resorts, Baha Mar, The Pointe and Majestic Tours, took media outlets and tour operators in Beijing and Shanghai on a whirlwind tour of the Islands of The Bahamas, solidifying its message that ‘The Bahamas is a viable destination for Chinese tourists’.

“This is the ideal time for The Bahamas to capitalize on promotional marketing efforts as Chinese tourists are searching for new and exciting destinations to visit,” said Deputy Director General at BMOTA, Ellison Thompson...
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Colors Junkanoo Opens 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show With a Bang - Nov 2, 2018 - 10:51:36 AM

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The 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Show (FLIBS) opened with a burst of kaleidoscope colors and high energy on October 31, as the Colors Junkanoo group, paraded the show grounds at Sea Breeze Boulevard, in beautiful costumes while dancing to the pulsating and rhythmic junkanoo sound of goat skinned drums, cowbells, whistles and horns. The group, led by its President, Chris Justilien, marked the first time that The Bahamas’ premier junkanoo culture, was featured at FLIBS’ opening and totally captivated show goers, who quickly joined the rush out, which ended at the newly unveiled, Bahamas Pavilion...
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Ministry of Tourism's 'People-to-People' Grand Bahama - Oct 29, 2018 - 2:27:16 PM

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The Ministry of Tourism in Grand Bahama held a 'People-to-People' event at the C.A. Smith Complex on Thursday and Friday, captured in photos. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
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Bahamas Met Director Trevor Basden benefit from NOAA & MOTA training - Oct 24, 2018 - 2:09:00 PM

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Trevor Basden, Senior Meteorologist and Director at the Bahamas Meteorology Department recently completed a comprehensive one-week training at the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) in Kansas City, Missouri.  The test bed experimental training, which incorporated the modernization tool and strategies for aviation weather services was an agreement reached between The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during the recent EAA Air Venture Conference in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin... 
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Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Holds Safety and Security Workshop - Oct 19, 2018 - 2:54:27 PM

Officials in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation are looking to ensure that every visitor to the Islands Of The Bahamas feels safe when visiting the destination.

In an effort to come up with leading crime fighting strategies in tourist hot spots, officials held a Tourism Safety and Security workshop under the theme “Enhancing Safety and Security for our country’s number one industry.”

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, who delivered the keynote address, said this “meeting of the minds” is to ensure that tourism stakeholders and national security officials are cultivating winning strategies in the fight against crime...
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Bahamas Tourist Office supports Susan G. Komen’s South Florida Breast Cancer Walk - Oct 19, 2018 - 12:44:22 PM

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The Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida was represented at the recent Susan G. Komen More Than Pink™ Walk to benefit the fight against breast cancer. The walk that attracted thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters took place at the Bayfront Park, Downtown, Miami, Florida.

This year’s well attended event featured a number of major sponsors and booths including that of The Bahamas Tourist Office. The event annually celebrates and encourages those living with metastatic breast cancer and those that support them. The proceeds from the event benefit research in the fight against breast cancer...
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Bahamas to Be prominently featured at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - Oct 12, 2018 - 10:18:17 AM

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The countdown is on for the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) and The Islands Of The Bahamas will have an exclusive and even greater presence at this year’s show, being held October 31 through November 4, 2018. 

Now in its 59th year, the 2018 FLIBS is expected to attract more than 100,000 persons from 52 countries around the world and will showcase more than 1500 in-water boats and 1200 exhibitors...
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Bahamas Brand Exposed to Hispanic Community of South Florida - Oct 8, 2018 - 4:19:12 PM

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Hundreds of Hispanics from the S. Florida community were recently exposed to The Islands Of The Bahamas brand as a result of  the Florida marketing team of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s sponsorship of the La Mano Hispana 2018 Art Gallery Opening Night at the  Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment, Hialeah (Miami),Florida.

The Bahamas’ sponsorship of the event came about through its partnership with the City of Hialeah Florida‘s Communications and Special Events Department.  “October is ’Hispanic Heritage Month’ and participating as a title sponsor at La Mano Hispana Art Gallery Event enabled us to tap into the Hispanic market...
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Janet Johnson new CEO & Executive Director of TDC - Oct 6, 2018 - 7:39:09 AM

The transformation of The Bahamas’ tourism sector continues, gathering impetus with the appointment of tourism veteran Janet Johnson as CEO and Executive Director of the newly mandated Tourism Development Corporation (TDC). The TDC is charged with accelerating the pace at which The Bahamas is able to breathe new life into the tourism sector, and with leading the charge to diversify within the sector and to focus on the development of more boutique resorts in the Family Islands...
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Caribbean Seeks Airline Interlinks - Oct 5, 2018 - 10:57:44 AM

The Islands Of The Bahamas and a number of Caribbean airlines are looking for ways to join forces in an effort to boost travel within the region.

During the Sky Is The Limit workshop at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) at Atlantis Paradise Island this week, officials sought to trade ideas on how to make travel to and within the Caribbean less complex...
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SOTIC Opens In The Islands Of The Bahamas - Oct 3, 2018 - 11:31:40 PM

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In his keynote address to the opening ceremony of the State of Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) yesterday, October 2, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis urged delegates to turn the Caribbean into a global tourism centre. The region’s premier tourism conference is being held this week, October 1-5, at Atlantis Paradise Island.

SOTIC is a meeting of the minds that brings together over 300 delegates from around the Caribbean — tourism ministers, directors, executives, strategic partners, tourism business executives and everyone involved directly or indirectly in tourism...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Reviews Freeport, Grand Bahama Initiatives - Oct 1, 2018 - 4:34:46 PM

The purchase of the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport is big news, but the acquisition of this prime resort property is only one part of the overall, large scale mission being undertaken to support the rebound of tourism on the island of Grand Bahama.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has been working closely with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator, The Hon. Kwasi Thompson, to promote the island...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism To Launch New Branding Strategy In 2019 - Oct 1, 2018 - 4:30:55 PM

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Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu touted the “tourism boom” being experienced in The Islands Of The Bahamas and revealed that a new marketing campaign will be launched in 2019.

Ms. Jibrilu, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), was speaking at the State of The Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) – a week-long conference at Atlantis Paradise Island from October 2-5...
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Bahamas MOTA’s Aviation and Verticals Team Tour Banyan - Sep 30, 2018 - 1:54:50 PM

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This past Thursday, representatives of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA), led by its Deputy Director General, Mr. Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, conducted a special tour of Banyan Air Services’, 88 acres facility in Fort Lauderdale. The team, made up of the BMOTA vertical and aviation department members, also used the opportunity to present, to Banyan’s executives, gift bags as a token of appreciation for their support to The Bahamas.  Each gift bag contained a Bahamas Gateway FBO shirt, hat, cup, towel and key chain.  The BMOTA began working with Banyan more than twenty years ago, and today it is its largest Fixed Based Operator (FBO), sending hundreds of pilots to its 40+ airports, each year...
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Bahamas Exploring Additional Travel Business from China - Sep 27, 2018 - 6:54:42 PM

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“The Bahamas’ attendance at the 2018 World Routes Conference in Guangzhou, China was very successful and exceeded our initial goals and expectations,” said Tyrone Sawyer, Sr. Director of Airlift Development for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA).

The Conference brought together hundreds of airlines executives from the Far East, Europe, Canada, North America and the United States, to meet, develop and create business opportunities with vendors from various destinations...
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The Abacos make history with record breaking visitor arrivals - Sep 25, 2018 - 12:34:42 PM

The Abacos have struck gold, officially. For the first time in history, the island has received 300,000 visitors, the second highest number of visitors after Nassau, in 2017, according to Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar.

Addressing the 15th annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference, Minister Pintard highlighted the impact of the Ministry of Tourism’s 16-island destination strategy designed to create high visibility for the Out Islands...
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Tourist Money Never Done Symposium a major success - Sep 18, 2018 - 4:42:53 PM

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Tourism officials are planning to visit a number of Family Islands to hold the workshop ‘Tourist Money Never Done’ after the inaugural event at the British Colonial Hilton on September 13 -14, was oversubscribed.

The event was developed by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation in conjunction with the Bahamas Development Bank and Patrick Rahming & Associates to assist budding tourism entrepreneurs and stakeholders in brainstorming ideas for new products in the country’s number one sector.

Director of Business Development in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Janet Johnson said she was overwhelmed with the reaction to the seminar...
 
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Bahamas Garners Massive Exposure At Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion In Orlando, Florida - Sep 5, 2018 - 10:54:27 AM

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The Bahamas garnered massive exposure over the weekend at a Ministry of Tourism and Aviation sponsored Party in da Backyard at the pool of the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida, as part of the sponsorship of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion (ATJFR) Expo and Convention. 

The explosive and rhythmic sounds of Junkanooers and the colorful costumes, at the Bahamas styled party, captured the attention of hundreds in the pool and surrounds, enjoying the Labour Day weekend. Crowds joined in the line and danced to the music while many others raised cameras to capture the parade...
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Significant Growth in Tourism Arrival Numbers Positively Affects the Abacos - Sep 4, 2018 - 3:31:47 PM

Due to a significant growth in tourism arrival numbers, the number of resorts and restaurants in the Abacos which are normally closed during the off-season has drastically decreased.

According to Wynsome Ferguson, Manager of the Abaco Tourist Office, all hotels in Marsh Harbour and Hope Town will remain open during the period of August – November, which is typically off-season on the island...
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