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The OPM, Grand Bahama in conjunction with local stakeholders present 'A taste of Port Lucaya' - Jul 31, 2017 - 12:41:58 AM

The Office of the Prime Minister Grand Bahama in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Port Lucaya Marketplace, GBPA, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board & BTC presents A Taste of Port Lucaya.

Launching Thursday August 3rd, 2017 at 6 pm until 11 pm in the Count Basie Square Port Lucaya Marketplace

It is the mandate of my Government and particularly the Office of the Prime Minister Grand Bahama to drive economic development. These series of even
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Grand Bahama Island Gears Up for 'A Taste of Port Lucaya' with help from BTC - Jul 30, 2017 - 4:37:28 PM

BTC has joined forces with the Grand Bahama Tourism Board and the Office of the PM on Grand Bahama for a new venture geared at showcasing the island's amazing musical and entertainment talent. Dubbed 'A Taste of Port Lucaya' the event which will launch on August 3rd in Count Basie Square will be hosted by Social Media Sensation Sawyer Boy and feature performances from the likes of Stileet, Wilfred Solomon and the Police Pop Band in a bid to attract locals and visitors to the vibrant Port Lucaya Marketplace. Northern Bahamas VP Eldri Ferguson-Mackey is pictured (Seated, Second from the right) along with other stakeholders including Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Kwasi Thompson...
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Freeport Goombay Summer Festival continues - Jul 26, 2017 - 11:16:42 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- Every Thursday night, residents and visitors alike take the grounds of Taino Beach by storm to participate in everything that Grand Bahama Island’s Goombay Summer Festival has to offer.

With an authentically Bahamian program ranging from conch and coconut cracking demonstrations, to guided nature walks, to a live Bahamian concert, Goombay Summer Festival appeals to a variety of age groups and demographics.

However, for the food connoisseur, Goombay Summer Festival on Grand Bahama Island offers a unique way to experience Bahamian culture.

Although food has been a large part of Bahamian festivals, only recently has culinary tourism begun to play a larger role in the tourism product.

As a result, the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation aimed to...
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Educators Industry Training Program closing ceremony - Jul 25, 2017 - 6:00:03 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- On Friday, July 21st, the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, and the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA), held the closing ceremony for the Educators' Industry Internship Program at Castaways Resorts & Suites on Grand Bahama Island.

The three-day program, which afforded educators the opportunity to experience working in the tourism sector, began on Monday, July 17th, and culminated with a certificate presentation in which the educators were proud to take part.

With a total of twenty teachers involved in the program, participants
Grand Bahama Regatta 2017 dedicated to Canard Levi Bethel - Jul 3, 2017 - 6:50:58 PM

The Grand Bahama Regatta and Homecoming Committee, headed up by Chervita Campbell, and former Chief Councillor of City of Freeport Council is working hard to delivery another great sport and cultural experience.

This year's regatta set for July 28 - 30 at Taino Beach will honour retired undersecretary of the Bahamas Public Service, Canard Levi Bethel.

Mr. Bethel obtained his early education at the K-10 All Age School in Long Bays Cays South Andros. He was born and grew up in the settlement of High Rock, South Andros...
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Grand Bahama Regatta expected to Sail to Success with the help of BTC - Jun 30, 2017 - 11:45:11 AM

For sailing enthusiasts, lovers of great Bahamian food, music and culture, the annual Grand Bahama Regatta and Heritage Festival has blossomed into one of the premier summer events. The annual Regatta has seen its share of challenges but under the Chairmanship of Chervita Campbell, the committee has kept this event on the local calendar and successfully improved attendance.

Last week, the Grand Bahama Regatta committee hosted its corporate partners to a special event where they announced sponsorship support for this years’ event which included BTC, Kalik, and the Ministry of Tourism. This year, BTC Northern Bahamas has jumped at the chance to become intricately involved in this year’s event, lending the strength of its own brand to help promote Bahamian culture.
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Grand Bahama summer camps to bring kids closer to nature - Jun 20, 2017 - 1:01:11 PM

Registration opens this week for two local summer camps in Grand Bahama designed to bring youth and teens closer to -- and smarter about -- what exists in the natural world around them.

The week-long camps sponsored by Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas include field trips, indoor activities, team building, character development and making new friends, with activities ranging from soil composting to swimming with wild dolphins.
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Grand Bahama Regatta Corporate Social Held - Jun 20, 2017 - 2:43:55 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama Regatta Corporate Social was held on June 8th at the Social Affair Cultural Center.

Grand Bahama Regatta & Homecoming will be taking place at Taino Beach from July 28th-30th, 2017.

See enclosed photos...
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BHTA making good on post Hurricane Matthew restoration contribution - Jun 19, 2017 - 11:18:18 PM

Freeport, GBI, Bahamas— The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB) — Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) followed through on a commitment made to the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board - to assist towards the long-term restoration of tourism affected areas, Post Hurricane Matthew on Grand Bahama.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, during the Board of Directors meeting of the GBITB, Mrs. Suzanne Pattusch, Executive Vice President of the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association made a financial contribution to the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board on behalf of the Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. The donation was made to further assist with the restoration efforts of Tourism related areas on Grand Bahama Island.

In a statement issued by CHTA on February 25th, 2017, stated “Recognizing the considerable hardship and damage which Haiti and part...
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Over 100 Florida High School Volunteers Give Back in Grand Bahama - Jun 16, 2017 - 2:01:26 PM

This past week from June 10 to 14th, over 100 Florida high school students who just recently graduated came to Freeport to celebrate their graduation; however, they did more than just celebrate.

Over the course of four days from 10 am-2 pm each day the students volunteered through the Bahamian nonprofit Lend a Hand Bahamas who coordinated with the YMCA in Freeport and the Grand Bahama Children's Home to assist in projects including painting, cleaning, and debris removal.

The students were brought to The Bahamas through a travel company called S-Trip!
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Hurricane Preparedness Benefits with Alternative Energy - Jun 13, 2017 - 9:53:31 AM

The future of solar power in Grand Bahama requires increase dedication about alternative energy products.

During an appearance on the Focus Forward radio show hosted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Heath Kemp, owner of Solar Up Bahamas informed listeners about solar power and alternative energy.Kemp explained, "Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity." The Bahamas experiences 310 days of sunshine annually and nearly 8 hours of sunlight each day.Kemp confirmed "Our natural environment makes The Bahamas, particularly Bahamian businesses & homes, ideal locations to use solar power...

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Freetown Fire Hearth Food & Heritage Festival a Success! - Jun 11, 2017 - 3:20:55 PM

The Fourth Annual Freetown Fire Hearth Food and Heritage Festival took place in Ole Freetown at Gold Rock Creek East on June 5th to commemorate the native traditions of early Bahamian settlers. With a full day of activities, the event kicked off with a potato eating competition, onion peeling competition, pineapple eating competition, local music and dancing, a washboard competition, and a fire "half" cooking competition.

The annual Whit Monday festival, which was recently relocated to the Gold Rock Creek site, was perfect for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a day at the beach while engaging in the designated festival activities. The Honourable K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama...
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Anita Doherty retires after 38 years of service - Jun 9, 2017 - 8:37:18 PM

Grand Bahama principal, Mrs. Anita Doherty retired this month after 38 years of service.  She was the principal of Bishop Michael Eldon School, and the students and faculty held an assembly  under the title, “Saluting a Phenomenal Woman: Retirement Celebrations” on June 1st to commemorate  her contributions.

A float and motorcade took place later that day through Freeport ending at  roast and comedy show in her honour. On June 2, an Anita Doherty Workout and Walkathon took place at Pirates Cove, Taino Beach...
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GBPA/iTEL BPO Partnership Strengthening Freeport’s ICT Sector - Jun 6, 2017 - 2:17:30 PM

Freeport Bahamas - The Call Center industry on Grand Bahama continues to make significant strides as a new sector for growth in the island’s economy. This however, has not come without a strategic and concerted effort by key stakeholders, itelBPO Solutions (Island Outsourcers) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, (GBPA).

The duo paired up for the ICMI Contact Center Expo, recently held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida. This event marked the 2nd year in which itelBPO and GBPA have collaborated to promote Grand Bahama Island as a premier destination for BPO operations, within the region...
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Grand Bahama Homecoming Weekend a Success - Jun 5, 2017 - 12:06:07 PM

Over the past Labour Day and Whit Monday Holiday weekend, ALIV was the title sponsor for Grand Bahama Homecoming Weekend. The three-year sponsorship is part of ALIV’s commitment to helping to expand the cultural diversity throughout the country. The weekend was an “overwhelming success” inclusive of a Beach Family Fun Day on Taino Beach on Friday, a Beres Hammond Concert on Saturday and Beach Fete Party on Monday. Beres Hammond had not performed in Grand Bahama in the last ten years and concert attendees from throughout the country showed their appreciation in a major way. ALIV CAO Damian Blackburn, ALIV VP responsible for Grand Bahama, Richard Stanton, ALIV Events, Sponsorship & Community Manager, Bianca Bethel Sawyer among other ALIV executives were in attendance for the events...
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Ryan Carroll’s Third Underwater Cleanup - Jun 4, 2017 - 4:23:03 PM

Ryan Carroll did it again.  This time Ryan organized a Third Underwater Cleanup.  This time the location was Coral Beach on June 3rd 2017.

Once again the objective was to rid the sea bottom of trash/marine debris. Trash bags and water were provided. Volunteers snorkeled to the bottom to remove trash and it was bagged onshore. Everyone was welcome.

“Today for the 3rd Underwater Beach Cleanup, 9 volunteers showed up.  3 snorkelers in the water and helpers on the beach, we started at the eastern end of Coral Beach property and all the way to Riviera Beach property probably an area 800-1,000 feet.  We snorkeled near the shore out to 200 feet off shore which is the swim zone.  We recovered 127 bottles (5+ cases), 7 pieces of plastic...
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Waterkeepers Bahamas to host Splash Mania in Grand Bahama - Jun 4, 2017 - 4:12:43 PM

Waterkeepers Bahamas announced today it will host Splash Mania, a first-of-its-kind for The Bahamas with kayak races, paddle-board competition, kiddie games, beach volleyball and a full slate of water-related activities.

Set for Saturday, July 8, Splash Mania will take place on the beach off Manta Ray Restaurant in Williams Town on Silver Point Drive, in central Grand Bahama.

“Waterkeepers Bahamas, like Waterkeepers around the world, is focused on making waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable,” said Rashema Ingraham, local Executive Director.
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Grand Bahama Debutante Receives BTC Scholarship - Jun 1, 2017 - 6:30:51 PM

For more than 3 decades the Debutante program on Grand Bahama Island has been one of the premier programs for leadership and etiquette training for young men and women. For months participating students are engaged in activities ranging from waltz lessons to community service before being presented to society at a grand event.

Pictured along with her escort is this year's recipient of the BTC scholarship award Christian Hepburn along with committee member Liselle Harris...
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Miss World Grand Bahama supported by BTC - May 18, 2017 - 12:32:38 PM

On July 30th,  Jerell Stratchan, Miss World Grand Bahama will enter the Ms. World National competition in Nassau and then if she wins on to the International Pageant.  Grand Bahama BTC is assisting the pageant winner with a gown for the event and also surprised her with a new Galaxy Mobile Phone as well as airtime ahead of pageant. The St. George's High School student, is pictured with BTC's PR and Marketing Manager for the Northern Bahamas Leteasha Lord as well as Miss World GB Committee Chairman and former Miss GB Brooke Grant. Ms. Grant reminded the public to support our GB representative on line and at the event, as she seeks to represent our country in this platform...
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Local SME Sector Needs Greater Diversity - May 17, 2017 - 3:13:49 PM

“Whilst the economy is making small but steady progress, increased diversity and innovation within the city’s small business sector would definitely add value for residents and to the local economic landscape,” stated Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), referring to the Port’s recent introduction of a Business Diversity Waiver (BDW) for the Downtown Business Area.

“As with the upcoming “Business Innovation & e-Commerce” workshop, all initiatives by our Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), in 2017, will focus on encouraging increased business diversity and innovation, which at present is lacking within our small business sector. That said, one important measure that we are taking is to incentivize entrepreneurs who are thinking outside the box, with a one year GBPA Licence Fee Waiver, when they launch their creative business ideas within the Downtown area,” he added...

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