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GBPA: Local Businesses Ready to Embrace e-Commerce - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:50:58 PM

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The question as to whether Grand Bahama businesses are ready to embrace e-Commerce was answered with a resounding yes on Thursday June 8th, when scores of Licensees and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the Business Innovation and e-Commerce Boot Camp. The 1-day event hosted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), brought together more

Reflecting on the event’s impact, Ian Rolle, President of GBPA said, “We were indeed impressed by the turnout of local businesses for this event. I believe it clearly demonstrates that the business community is ready to embrace the use of e-commerce.  And, although we are a small community, local merchants are quite capable of offering their goods and services within the global marketplace. Additionally, we sought to inspire new ideas...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Alpitour flights from Italy return to Grand Bahama - Jun 16, 2017 - 5:59:34 PM

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On Thursday, June 15th,the Alpitour Villaggi Bravo Charter flight returned to Grand Bahama Island to commence its summer program, after a successful charter season in 2016.

With a total of 103 passengers on board, the charter, which is the only direct flight from Milan, Italy to Grand Bahama Island, will allow visitors to experience a week-long vacation stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort, partner property.
Cristina Cazzani from the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Italy said that, "The Bahamas Tourist Office in Italy has a long relationship with travel to Grand Bahama... Since 1992, we have sent lots of Italians in the summer through our charters. Together with the Ministry of Tourism and the BTO, Italy, there has been an improved program for a direct flight from Milan to Freeport..."
News : Grand Bahama
CCC Calling for Immediate Change in Energy Sector on Grand Bahama - Jun 12, 2017 - 11:08:51 PM

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The Economy of Grand Bahama continues to struggle and has been in crisis for some time. This crisis has become more evident in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Since that time the job market has further retracted and unemployment has increased on the Island. There is a need for immediate action to revitalize and transform the Grand Bahama economy. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCC) believes that one of the primary factors needed to revolutionize this economy and the energy sector is to lower the cost of electricity.

In 2015 the Grand Bahama Power Company submitted a rate application to the Regulatory Committee of the Grand Bahama Port Authority. The application requested an increase in the base rate of electricity at a time when the price of oil was plundering in global markets...
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Scheduled power outage for Grand Bahama, east of Lucayan waterway - Jun 10, 2017 - 10:28:13 PM

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Power Co. wishes to advise customers that there will be a scheduled outage between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00am for customers east of the Lucayan waterway (over the bridge) on Sunday, June 11.

During this time crews will replace two pole that require immediate attention.

GBPC apologizes for any inconvenience caused.
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Bahama to host 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows convention - Jun 7, 2017 - 10:10:21 AM

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On Thursday, June 1st, the Ministry of Tourism's Religious Tourism Department, along with representatives from the International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Inc., held a press conference to inform the public of the 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows annual convention set to be held on Grand Bahama Island.

The convention, which will take place June 17th- 23rd at the Grand Lucayan Hotel, will be dedicated to fostering an environment of teaching, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment...

News : Grand Bahama
Tammi Mitchell to Run for Local Government Office on Grand Bahama - Jun 6, 2017 - 10:40:37 PM

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Tuesday June 6, 2017, was officially nomination day throughout the Bahamas for Local Government Office. Scores of persons with varying backgrounds showed up at the Administrators Offices from East, Central and West Grand Bahama, hoping to be elected to fill one of the seats in their respective constituencies.

No stranger to public and community service for many years, Tammi Mitchell, a Candidate in the Pineridge Constituency, said, “Her decision to run for local government is one she does not take lightly having thought and prayed about it for the past two years before taking the leap of faith..."
News : Grand Bahama
Former Chief Councillor to run in 2017 Local Government Elections - Jun 6, 2017 - 8:14:13 PM

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It is important that we continue to stand on principle and to strive for perfection in our public lives and in the life of our communities. I wish to quote Hugh White former United States politician who was also president pro tempore of the Senate in 1832 who said:

“When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”

I wish to unequivocally state that I was asked to step down as Chief Counselor not because of any malfeasance, but a breach of protocol...
News : Grand Bahama
GBPA Encourages Global Best Practices at Innovation & e-Commerce Boot Camp - May 29, 2017 - 9:19:09 AM

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As innovation continues to be the driver of business success, executives at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), are encouraging Licensees to embrace global best practices, via its upcoming Business Innovation & e-Commerce Boot Camp, slated for Thursday, 8th June at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

According to Ian Rolle, GBPA President, the Business Innovation and e-Commerce Boot Camp will equip licensees with tools to compete both locally and globally. "Our boot camp will showcase global presenters who will provide best practice insights as to how to effectively start and grow businesses through e-Commerce...
News : Grand Bahama
2nd Annual Young Eagles Career Fair A Major Success - May 27, 2017 - 6:22:55 AM

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On Friday, May 19th, the 2nd Annual Young Eagles Career Fair kicked off the start of the Grand Bahama Air Show at the Western Air Terminal on Grand Bahama Island.

With over 150 students in attendance, from both Grand Bahama and New Providence, the Young Eagles Career Fair offered to students from grades 10-12 both a theoretical and hands-on preview into the world of aviation, and the many career options available to them.

Betty Bethel, Director, Ministry of Tourism, GBI said that " The Ministry of Tourism is really proud to be in partnership with Air Boss, John Wing Air Calgary and all of the performers to bring an event to Grand Bahama Island that not only entertains but also has the ability to influence career opportunities"...
News : Grand Bahama
Commitment to Streamline the Investment Process in Grand Bahama - May 19, 2017 - 11:14:06 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest and Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson on Friday met with existing Grand Bahama investors in the conference room of the Office of the Prime Minister, who are looking to significantly expand their investment on the island.
 
“It’s a signal of the possibilities that lie ahead for Grand Bahama,” said Mr. Turnquest, during an address with the media.
 
“As we promised during the election campaign, Grand Bahama is very important to the development of The Bahamas and so we’ve been...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
2nd Annual Grand Bahama Airshow Underway! - May 19, 2017 - 6:54:58 PM

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AIRPLANES, AIR BOSSES AND AEROBATICS ARE READY FOR THE SKIES


After months of planning, marketing and promoting the unique aerobatics and cultural showcase scheduled to take place this coming weekend, the Ministry of Tourism has cleared the runway and is ready to take off with the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th – 20th, 2017, at Taino Beach, Freeport Grand Bahama Island.

During a press conference held at the event’s host hotel, Pelican Bay, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, Nuvolari Chootosingh, Manager for Sports Tourism...
News : Grand Bahama
Popup Show In Grand Bahama to Encourage Entrepreneurship - May 18, 2017 - 3:41:30 PM

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The TOCU Agency, a new talent and management company is pleased to announce its first Pop Up Shop on the Island of Grand Bahama. "We are also happy to announce our partnership with Kalypso Restaurant and Bar in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. They have graciously come on board to act as a backdrop to this exciting event," said a press statement.

"A big part of the mission of The TOCU Agency is to not only recruit talent but to also foster and encourage entrepreneurship. It is with this in mind that we are welcoming local craftsmen, entrepreneurs, designers and artist of all mediums to apply and participate in our Inaugural event."

With Application deadlines on June 1st, The Pop Up Shop is scheduled to take place on June 10th between the hours of 2pm-7pm... 
News : Grand Bahama
East Grand Bahama cruise port facility to be developed by Carnival Cruise Line - May 2, 2017 - 9:11:06 PM

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Officials from Carnival Cruise Line and the Bahamian government signed an agreement today during a special signing ceremony in Freeport, Grand Bahama, for the construction of a new cruise port facility to be funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama Island. The as-yet-unnamed planned port will be the largest purpose-built cruise facility ever constructed in The Bahamas and will take inspiration from the beauty of the Bahamian people and their islands. Features will include a one-mile stretch of beach, food, beverage and shopping outlets, a wide array of water-based amenities and other recreational facilities. The port will also feature a pier capable of accommodating two of Carnival’s largest cruise ships simultaneously and is expected to eventually host up to 1 million guests annually...
News : Grand Bahama
Tourism Officials Keep Efforts Focused on Environmental Protection - Apr 26, 2017 - 12:02:58 AM

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Recognizing the importance of coastal protection, Ministry of Tourism officials in Grand Bahama brought to the forefront initiatives taken in April, Coastal Awareness Month, that highlighted the importance of protecting the island's coastline.

In a press conference on Tuesday at Xanadu Beach, Betty Bethel, Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama, noted "The month of April, since 2006, has been dedicated to focusing on our environment because it plays such a critical role in our tourism product, particularly here on Grand Bahama Island..."
News : Grand Bahama
West End Invitational boat races postponed - Apr 17, 2017 - 9:16:22 PM

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To bring the Village of West End, Grand Bahama Island, and The Bahamas the most positive economic impact, International Boat Racing Association announces the postponement of the West End Invitational. Originally set for April 19, 2017, the West End Invitational is now scheduled for October 6-8, 2017.

International Boat Racing Association’s number one commitment has been and will always be to make the most positive impact on our host communities and committed sponsors possible. With this in mind, the West End Invitational will enjoy much more preparation and promotion to bring tourism, fresh capital and the fastest action the beautiful waters of the Village of West End have ever seen.
News : Grand Bahama
Government employment initiative to create 220 jobs for Bahamians on MSC cruise ships - Apr 17, 2017 - 11:20:52 AM

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The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), in conjunction with the government of The Bahamas, has committed to invest in the local training and hiring of a total of two hundred and twenty (220) Bahamian crew members this year.

This initiative is in alignment with the government’s commitment to double its investment in education and training, increase the presence of Bahamians in the cruise line industry, and create employment opportunities for Grand Bahamians.  The government’s intent, through this joint venture, is to generate new investments in the tourism...
News : Grand Bahama
Sigmas take over Freeport for regional conference - Apr 11, 2017 - 11:43:13 PM

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The Southern Region of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. took over Freeport for the annual conference bringing in a much needed economic boost for the island of Grand Bahama.

More than 300 brothers, wives and guests attended the conference held at the Our Lucaya Convention Center April 6-9, 2017. The Ministry of Tourism and the Minister of Tourism Hon. Obie Wilcombe were integral in bringing the conference to the island.

“Minister Wilcombe fully supported this conference on the island which is only the third time that we have held the conference outside of the continental United States...”
Sports
New golf tournament series coming to Grand Bahama Island - Apr 9, 2017 - 4:25:13 PM

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The Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) has partnered with the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co Ltd (BBB) to hold a series of golf tournaments this year, leading to an overall winner of the prestigious SANDS BEER CUP, much like the PGA's popular FedEx Cup.

BGF President, Glen Archer, in accepting the Sponsorship cheque from James Sands, President of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company said “I am extremely pleased that Jimmy and the Truly Bahamian Brewery has joined forces with the BGF to establish this event for the first time”...
News : Grand Bahama
First Annual Caribbean Film Festival and Market set for Grand Bahama in November - Mar 31, 2017 - 5:06:02 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, in association with its regional partner, the Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD); the artistic community in The Bahamas and members of the Diaspora will stage the first ever Caribbean Film Festival and Market (CFFM) to be held at the Grand Lucayan Resort, in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, November 2 – 5, 2017.

At the inaugural Caribbean Film Festival and Market host country, The Islands of The Bahamas, will present to the world films made in the Caribbean by regional filmmakers who have honed their craft with some of the best filmmakers internationally. This cinematic event will also showcase experienced digital storytellers from various Caribbean countries...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama Fishermen Receive Assistance - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:41:48 PM

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In an effort to assist Grand Bahamian fishermen who suffered great loss during Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, the Ministry for Grand Bahama, headed by the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, presented coupons to a number of local fishermen on Thursday, March 23, 2017.  

Making the presentation on behalf of the Minister was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Grand Bahama Melvin Seymour, who stated: “The government is very happy to be able to present you with these coupons, which will help to recoup some of your losses, not all of them, because we cannot replace all that you have lost,” said Mr. Seymour.
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