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Beauty, access and affordability of the Bahamas shared with East Coast residents - Feb 2, 2018 - 7:12:06 PM

Along the Eastern seaboard from the District of Columbia to New York, as the winter weather raged across the coastline, representatives from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism took the opportunity to share about the mild weather in the Bahamas as well as its beauty and even accessibility.  The opportunity to share on The Bahamas was presented at the recent consumer based Travel Shows - Travel and Adventure Show, in DC and the New York Times Travel Show.

Both of the shows annually boast attendance of 20,000 and above and draw attendees to the  DC show from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and even Philadelphia and in the case of the New York Times Show from Newark...
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Bahamasair Partner With Bahamas Tourism Houston To Make Big Waves In Texas - Feb 2, 2018 - 12:23:06 PM

A group including marketing and sales executives of Bahamasair recently visited Texas and teamed up with the local staff of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Houston. The collective group conducted a series of successful marketing events, as a part of continuing efforts to promote the recently launched Bahamasair direct Houston/Nassau service out of Houston's Intercontinental George Bush Airport (IAH).

The marketing trip to Houston is Bahamasair's third such trip to the area within the past four months to promote the service between Houston and Nassau..
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Minister D’Aguilar urges more flights from American Airlines - Jan 29, 2018 - 10:36:07 AM

As American Airlines (AA) celebrates 30 years of servicing The Islands of The Bahamas, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar is encouraging the airline to expand its flight offering to the country.

During a special reception at Baha Mar’s Convention Centre for airline executives, customers and tourism stakeholders, Minister D’Aguilar said The Bahamas has benefited greatly from its partnership with American Airlines...
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Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic grows its Fan Base - Jan 29, 2018 - 10:00:11 AM

Organizers of the sixth annual Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic said they are thrilled over this year’s event, which attracted more international and local sponsors and fans than ever before.

Tournament Director Jeff Raedle of Global Golf Management said the international golf superstars brought hundreds of followers this year.

“We’ve made great improvements every year. This is our sixth year and it’s our best year in terms of local participation, whether it is the spectators and into the sponsorship realm...
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Director General Jibrilu highlights goals for tourism - Jan 25, 2018 - 9:52:13 AM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is looking to place emphasis on product development in 2018, according to Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu.

While speaking at the Bahamas Business Outlook 2018 under the theme “Creating a World-Class Bahamas” Ms. Jibrilu said improvements to the Bahamian tourism product is vital.

“For example, you may have heard that plans are on the drawing board for a pubic-private partnership for the revival of the Port of Nassau...
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Top LPGA Golfers Praise The Bahamas - Jan 24, 2018 - 1:30:29 PM

Two of the top players vying for the number one spot at this year’s Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic gushed about how much they enjoy The Islands Of The Bahamas and look forward to teeing off here every year.

Defending champion Brittany Lincicome said she enjoys taking in the beautiful scenery of The Islands of The Bahamas while getting into the swing of things...
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Vacation Express returns to Grand Bahama Island - Jan 24, 2018 - 10:27:09 AM

The Atlanta based tour operator, Vacation Express, known for its exclusive, non-stop flights and affordable all-inclusive vacation packages, has recently announced that the company will be returning to Grand Bahama Island with additional flight services.

The announcement, which comes at a time when many persons have inquired about the status of airlift on Grand Bahama Island, revealed that a total of eight non-stop flights departing from various US cities, will begin their flight schedules as soon as May 2018...
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Bahamas select four winners in its “Say Yes Marriage Proposal” Contest - Jan 17, 2018 - 9:39:33 PM

Four winners have been selected from the recent “Say Yes” Marriage Proposal contest, which ended December 15, 2017 and was organized by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) in conjunction with Paparazzi Proposals of New York.  More than 300 grooms from throughout the United States of America submitted entries into the six weeks social media contest, with hopes of winning a surprise marriage proposal and four days three nights stay at any of four islands in The Bahamas:  Abaco, Exuma, Nassau or Paradise Island.

The winners, who were selected from a panel of qualified judges, have been notified but will be named after their proposal on February 14, 2018...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Holds Mega Fam For Florida Travel Agents - Dec 19, 2017 - 8:08:25 PM

Some forty of the top producing travel agents including Bahamas travel specialists from throughout Florida were recently hosted to a mega familiarization trip to Nassau, Bahamas by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) Florida sales office.  The trip in partnership with the Bahamas’ major stakeholders and key industry partners, afforded the agents the opportunity to experience firsthand, the newest tourism developments and destination assets in The Bahamas.

The travel agents who came from as far North as Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida spent three days and two nights at the exclusive BahaMar Resort on Cable Beach...
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AOPA Thanks The Bahamas for Its on-going commitment to General Aviation - Dec 7, 2017 - 7:27:05 PM

Mr. Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently thanked The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) for its ongoing commitment to general aviation (GA).

In a plaque presented to the Ministry, Mr. Baker “thanked and commended the MOTA for its ongoing commitment to general aviation and for its outstanding support and dedication in the preparation of its 2017 Fly In to The Bahamas from Tampa, Florida
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Director General of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism leads Training Seminar for oversees Sales and Marketing Team - Dec 7, 2017 - 2:07:42 PM

At a recent Bahamas Ministry of Tourism USA Sales and Marketing seminar, The Director General (DG) of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) Mrs. Joy Jibrilu met with the team and took the opportunity to outline the business plan and priorities for Tourism in The Islands Of The Bahamas. The three- day seminar brought together the brightest minds to strategize on how to achieve the Ministry’s goals moving forward into 2018.

The Director General expressed pleasure at the opportunity to meet with members of the team who are based across the U.S. including offices in New York, Atlanta, Florida, Houston and Toronto, Canada.  In sharing the long- term objectives of the Ministry of Tourism, the DG said that, "the tourism industry must be driven by initiative, innovation, and creativity."...
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New Bahamas Consul General Miami visits with Bahamas Tourist Office South Florida - Dec 1, 2017 - 1:41:32 PM

The newly appointed Bahamas Consul General to Florida and the Southern States, Mrs. Linda Mackey, recently visited the offices of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Florida and pledged that, "as a partner from the Consulate I will work closely with you to ensure that all of our visitors to The Bahamas have a great experience."

The new Consul General who was posted to Florida a few months ago, and is based in Miami, expressed great pleasure at meeting the some 35 Bahamians employed there with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism...
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First Bimini Wahoo Meat Mayhem – A smashing success - Nov 22, 2017 - 2:24:22 PM

More than $141,000 was awarded this weekend in Bimini at the First Bimini Wahoo Meat Mayhem Fishing Tournament, held November 16-18, at Resorts World Bimini.

Organized by Captain Jimmy Wickett, President of Meat Mayhem Tournaments, some 24 boats, from across the USA including Florida, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina and Maryland as well as Grand Bahama Island and as far as Germany, and each paying a registration fee of $3,000, participated in the two-day fishing event...
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Bahamas Aviation Council assemble to proactively plan industry’s future - Nov 21, 2017 - 8:27:52 AM

Earlier this month The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) in conjunction with several aviation industry partners that makes up the Bahamas Aviation Council, convened at the Nassau Airport Development Company’s office (NAD) to collectively unify its body, strengthen cohesiveness and proactively strategize for the future.

The Council, led by Charles Albury, Permanent Secretary, MOTA included representatives of the MOTA’s (Nassau and USA offices), NAD, Bahamas Departments of Customs, Immigration and Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force...
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Pilots Flying Into Lakeland Regional Airport from Grand Bahama become first international flight to clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Nov 20, 2017 - 8:11:29 PM

On November 16, 2017, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida commissioned its airport facility as the newest port of entry for U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance.  Four pilots who arrived into the Lakeland Airport facility out of Grand Bahama Island on a Cessna 182 series aircraft, owned by Sun n Fun, were the first international pilots and aircraft to be welcomed into the new facility...
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Bahamas Marinas and Boating Partners tout “We are open for business” message at 2017 Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show - Nov 20, 2017 - 1:25:27 PM

Bahamas hotels, yacht and marina operators from throughout the islands were in full attendance at the recent 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), held November 1-5, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale.  The Bahamian operators were there to ensure that the boating enthusiasts knew that the marinas in The Bahamas were not impacted by the recent storms that devastated parts of the Caribbean, and that they are in fact, open for business and ready to book.

Some 1,200 boats in-water, were featured at the world’s largest in-water boat show, which bought together 105,000 international buyers and sellers from 50 countries.  FLIBS’ 58th event showcased 1,000 exhibitors who displayed their marine products and accessories...
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Florida’s Leading Travel Agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama Oct 27-28, - Oct 31, 2017 - 9:09:05 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) Plantation’s office recently hosted several travel agents from West Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties, to Grand Bahama Island, October 27-28, 2017 via Balearia Caribbean. The visit, which was part of the MOTA ongoing campaign, “The Bahamas is Open For Business, Come See For Yourself,” gave the agents an opportunity to experience first hand, the island’s major hotels, marinas and tourist attractions...
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The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism and Aviation makes headway in Halifax, Nova Scotia - Oct 26, 2017 - 11:01:33 AM

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) representatives traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia during a recent Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) Canada sales mission in an effort to promote The Islands Of The Bahamas and attract Canadian visitors to the destination.

High Commissioner Roselyn Horton joined Paul Strachan, Senior Director of MOTA- Canada, as they met with key travel trade media, local travel agents, the Federation of International Basketball Association Group (FIBA), and students of Arcadia University, Dalhousie University, St. Vincent University, and St. Mary's University...
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Say 'Yes' In The Bahamas Tourism Social Media Wedding Proposal Competition - Oct 24, 2017 - 1:23:42 PM

The Bahamas, one of the world’s leading destinations for weddings and honeymoons, is gearing up to launch its newest romance competition “Say Yes in The Bahamas Wedding Proposal.

The unique social media competition, which commences on October 30, 2017 and ends on December 15, 2017 is a joint initiative created by the Romance Department of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) in conjunction with Paparazzi Proposal, to showcase the ultimate wedding proposals offered in the destination...
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Second Place for Bahamas Jr. Minister of Tourism - Oct 15, 2017 - 10:50:44 PM

Bahamas Jr. Minister of Tourism 2017 Michael Wallace secured a second-place finish at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Youth Congress in Grenada, on Friday.
Wallace, a student of St. Anne’s School in New Providence, presented on the topic, “Signature Tourism Products – Strengthening the image of your destination”. Wallace presented the idea of The Island Hop, a proposed mini-cruise experience throughout The Islands of The Bahamas. It’s an idea that the 17-year-old thought would bring young travelers to The Bahamas for new fun and exciting experiences...

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