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AA Adds New Seasonal Winter Flights to Nassau, Bahamas from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport - Dec 20, 2018 - 8:35:26 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas is undoubtedly one of the top warm weather destinations in the world and this year, American Airlines is teaming up with the country to make the destination more accessible for the winter season for Chicagoans. AA’s new seasonal non-stop Saturday service into Nassau, Bahamas out of Chicago O’Hare starts December 22nd.

The new service will feature a flight that departs Chicago at 8:30 am, arriving Nassau, Bahamas in time for lunch on the beach at 12:45 pm.  The service will be operated by 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft...
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The Islands Of The Bahamas Snags Two Top Best Caribbean Awards - Dec 19, 2018 - 4:10:20 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to dominate tourism in the Caribbean. So says Caribbean Journal which bestowed on the destination two key awards in its Caribbean Travel Awards 2018: Best Caribbean Destination and Best Caribbean Tourism Minister. Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering Caribbean travel and tourism.

Editor and Publisher of Caribbean Journal Alexander Britell said, “The region’s tourism offering has never been more diverse or more energetic. It’s a message to the world that the Caribbean isn’t just back — it’s better than ever.”

But it is better in The Bahamas, and according to officials, the destination had the most impressive growth in the region...
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Abaco Christmas Festival Has Record Turnout - Dec 19, 2018 - 2:28:53 PM

The Abaco Christmas Festival saw a record number of attendees this year, according to Wynsome Ferguson, Manager of the Abaco Tourist Office.

“Several thousand people would have visited the festival grounds throughout the day and evening on Saturday, keeping close to 40 vendors very busy and happy,” Ferguson said...
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Islands Of The Bahamas Partners With Brightline - Dec 18, 2018 - 12:26:16 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to ramp up its marketing efforts, particularly in the Florida area where the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) has entered into a new partnership with Brightline.

Brightline is a high speed rail system that connects some of the major cities in Florida, namely West Palm Beach, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

Soon, the company will expand its tracks to Tampa and Orlando, according to officials...
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Hope Town Music Festival Raises over $170,000 for Local Charities - Dec 18, 2018 - 9:25:04 AM

Friends of the Environment, Every Child Counts and the Hope Town Volunteer Fire Department will collectively receive over $170,000 to split evenly, thanks to the proceeds raised from the Combustion Hope Town Music Festival, held this past weekend in Hope Town. This figure exceeds last year’s intake which was $150,000.

Chris Farren, Founder and President of Combustion Music, said the festival is so special because of the island, itself...
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The Bahamas ‘People-to-People Experience’ A Hit with Florida Travel Agents - Dec 13, 2018 - 12:58:08 PM

Authentic Bahamian cultural activities, including the Changing of the Guard at Government House and the country’s

‘People-to-People Experience,’ were a big hit for a recent group of Florida travel agents who visited Nassau for a Familiarization trip.

The group included travel agents from the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando areas, all of whom had been exposed to The Bahamas product through a Seminar or presentation during the year...
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Bahamian Chefs Head To UN Holiday Chef Takeover - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:59:31 AM

The cuisine of The Islands Of The Bahamas will be put on full display from December 12 through 14 as three chefs from the Bahamas National Culinary Team will participate in the United Nations’ Holiday Chef Takeover in New York City.

Chefs Asteir Dean, Kevin Pratt and Celeste Smith will display holiday Bahamian favorites to hundreds of international guests.

Chef Dean, who is leading the trio, said he was excited to be have been selected...
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The Bahamas host VIP Black Planners at National Conference - Dec 11, 2018 - 1:14:21 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas were the sponsors of a VIP Planners Only Breakfast at the recent National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) 2018 Annual Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, November 28 - December 1, 2018.

The Bahamas was the only Caribbean Destination sponsor at the Conference and in keeping with the conference theme, “Elevate, Educate, Engage,” The Bahamas Director of Multicultural and Religious Markets, Linville Johnson...
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The Bahamas’ Only Ice Skating Rink Is Back for a Third Year - Dec 4, 2018 - 6:00:58 PM

The Bahamas’ only ice skating rink is back again for the third annual Hope Town Christmas Village Festival held at Jarret’s Park in Hope Town, December 16 – 18.

Hope Town will come alive with Christmas decorations, live music and bustling activity for what Monica Cook, founder of the festival, describes as the spirit of community...
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Sailors Excited About Best Of The Best Regatta - Dec 4, 2018 - 3:13:25 PM

Over 450 sailors are gearing up for the Best Of The Best Regatta, a much-anticipated event for locals and international fans.

The sailing event will be held at Montagu Bay from December 6 through 9 and will feature races of the A, B and C-class boats.

Boaters prepare year-round for the event, as officials are looking to reinforce sloop sailing as the national sport of The Islands Of The Bahamas...
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Rebranded BahamaHost Program Graduates Fifty New Students in Abaco - Nov 30, 2018 - 10:17:39 AM

Fifty graduates from two sessions received their BahamaHost certificates last night in a graduation ceremony held at Friendship Tabernacle, Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

On behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Tyrone Sawyer, Senior Director of Airlift Development, challenged the graduates to maintain the exemplary standard of hospitality in Abaco...
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Golfers at Hero World Challenge Gush Over The Bahamas - Nov 29, 2018 - 11:18:45 AM

As Hero World Challenge gets into full swing, many of the tournament’s players are gushing about The Islands Of The Bahamas.

World renowned golfers such as Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Tony Finau are among 18 players who will tee off for a $1 million top prize at Albany's par-72, 7,302-yard Championship Golf Course for the fourth consecutive year.

Woods, who is hosting the tournament, said The Bahamas is a great place to hold the much-anticipated event...
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Bahamas Named Best Scuba Diving Destination for Big Animals - Nov 28, 2018 - 5:02:50 PM

The Bahamas continues to build on its winning streak of awards, accolades and international recognition in tourism.  During the recent Dive Equipment Manufacturing Association (DEMA) trade show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 14-17, in Las Vegas, The Bahamas captured seven awards and was named 2019 Best Scuba Diving Destination for Big Animals by the Scuba Diving Readers Choice Awards.

Additionally, The Bahamas was also named the top three Best Overall Dive Destination and Best Beginner Dive Destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic Region, respectively...
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Tourism Development Corporation Identifies Key Areas for Budding Entrepreneurs - Nov 28, 2018 - 4:18:12 PM

Opportunities for new entrepreneurs in the tourism sector are vast in the Abacos, according to CEO and Executive Director of the newly mandated Tourism Development Corporation (TDC).

Speaking at a Why Tourism Matters workshop held in Marsh Harbour, Abaco in partnership with the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, Janet Johnson explained that TDC identified areas in the sector that could enhance the visitor's vacation experience in Abaco. These areas include land rental tours, farm to table businesses, eco tours, farm tours, souvenir stores, authentic Bahamian tours...
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Bahamas Tourism Office Appreciation Night in Atlanta - Nov 21, 2018 - 11:51:23 AM

The colors were bold and the music was amped up with the sounds of the goat skin drums, cowbells, whistles and horns, as travel professionals enjoyed the singing and the pulsating rhythms of Junkanoo sponsored by the Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta. The event was held at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, GA.

Spearheading the efforts out of the Atlanta area, Garbrielle Archer, Area Manager of the Bahamas Tourist office, Atlanta, worked with her team to update 100 Delta Preferred Travel Agents, Bahamas Specialists and Media on What’s New in The Islands Of The Bahamas (TIOTB)...
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Bahamas Heavily Promoted at World Travel Market London - Nov 19, 2018 - 1:02:07 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas were strongly promoted at this year’s World Travel Market, annually held at ExCel in East London.

Top executives from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation attended the travel show along with 24 tourism stakeholder representatives from Nassau, Eleuthera/Harbour Island and Exuma.

Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu, Deputy Director General Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson and other executives participated in a number of high level meetings and workshops with airline partners, travel agents...
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Bahamas Celebrates 70 Years of Partnership with Air Canada - Nov 17, 2018 - 12:06:52 PM

The Bahamas is thrilled to celebrate 70 years of flights to paradise with Air Canada, Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. Air Canada first flew to The Islands of The Bahamas on December 2, 1948 and to this day provides scheduled daily service to Nassau.

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to fly Canadians and customers alike to beautiful Nassau over the last four years,” says Duncan Bureau, President, Air Canada Rouge. “We look forward to strengthening this partnership further with our continued service starting this winter from Toronto...
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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

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

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

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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