Tourism Officials Keep Efforts Focused on Environmental Protection
- Apr 26, 2017 - 12:02:58 AM
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
West End Invitational boat races postponed
- Apr 17, 2017 - 9:16:22 PM
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.
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.
Government employment initiative to create 220 jobs for Bahamians on MSC cruise ships
- Apr 17, 2017 - 11:20:52 AM
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...
Sigmas take over Freeport for regional conference
- Apr 11, 2017 - 11:43:13 PM
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
“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...”
New golf tournament series coming to Grand Bahama Island
- Apr 9, 2017 - 4:25:13 PM
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”...
First Annual Caribbean Film Festival and Market set for Grand Bahama in November
- Mar 31, 2017 - 5:06:02 PM
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
Grand Bahama Fishermen Receive Assistance
- Mar 24, 2017 - 5:41:48 PM
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.
Team Participates in Consumer Welfare Unit Exhibit in Grand Bahama
- Mar 24, 2017 - 4:00:10 PM
The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) celebrated World Consumer
Rights Day under the theme ‘Building a Digital World Consumer Can Trust
“March 15th 2017."
CPC Team travelled to Freeport Grand Bahama
for its monthly board meeting and participated in an exhibition hosted
by the Consumer Welfare Unit, Ministry of Labour & National
Grand Bahama Delegation travel to U.N. with Minister and Ambassador
- Mar 20, 2017 - 2:14:38 PM
Grand Bahama delegates at the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on
the Status of Women (CSW61), which commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017
at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, are pictured at the
opening reception on March 13 with the Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of
Social Services and Community Development, and His Excellency Dr.
Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the
United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS). CSW61 is
the principal global inter-governmental body concerned with gender
equality and women's economic empowerment...
STB: Private Carnival Cruise Port Secret Deal, no consultation, will drive nail in Freeport economy, kill 5 eco-systems
- Mar 16, 2017 - 11:49:03 PM
The chairman and legal counsel for a powerful environmental advocacy
group have charged the Christie administration with sealing a deal to
create a private cruise port at East End, Grand Bahama that could kill
the already struggling Freeport economy and endanger five fragile
eco-systems that they say are among the most magnificent in the world.
comments by Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville and legal counsel Fred
Smith, QC, came during a recent Voice of the Bays, The Environment
Speaks radio show on Love 97.5 while they were discussing a proposed
$200 million cruise port at East End, Grand Bahama...
Grand Bahama BTC Restoration Expected to be 99% completed by month end
- Mar 10, 2017 - 2:17:58 PM
In October of 2016 Hurricane Matthew ripped through The Bahamas as very
large and very dangerous Category 4 system, bringing with it heavy
rains, and high winds which downed power lines, uprooted trees, flooded
low lying areas and left a trail destruction in its wake – particularly
on Grand Bahama which received a near direct hit.
passage of the storm BTC was one of few utility companies in the country
able to maintain communications for its customers. Even so the
company’s infrastructure across the island was seriously impacted. In
the weeks and months since the passage of Hurricane Matthew, residents,
and companies alike have continued the work of restoration efforts, as
have the hard-working staff of Grand Bahama’s BTC customer and technical
West End International boat races kick off April 21
- Mar 10, 2017 - 12:18:19 PM
Event organizers are planning for the inaugural West End International
race day April 22 and 23 at West End Village in Grand Bahama Island.
high-speed boat races will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sat.,
April 22 and Sun., April 23 with a kickoff party Friday night, April 21,
at the Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour.
Racers from all
over the world will compete at the West End International, with
hydroplanes, Jersey skiffs and power boats hurtling up to 170 m.p.h...
Clean up for West End, Grand Bahama planned for April 1st
- Mar 9, 2017 - 11:01:47 PM
The West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association (WEEFCA) in partnership with Save the Bays and 4Ocean
are asking for Youth Volunteers who are in need of Community Service
Hours to help clean up the shoreline along Bayshore Drive in West End on
Saturday 1 April, 2017 from 0900 am to 3pm.
All Volunteers are
asked to Sign in at the St. Mary's Anglican Parish Hall in order to
receive credit for Community service. LUNCH will be provided to ALL
Youth as well as ADULT Supervisors who are Working in the Clean-up
PM: Over $100 Million Spent on Improvements in Grand Bahama
- Mar 9, 2017 - 5:10:00 PM
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
said his Government has spent over $100 Million on specific capital and
infrastructure improvements throughout the length and breadth of Grand
Addressing participants of the Ninth Annual Grand Bahama
Business Outlook, March 9, at the Grand Lucayan, the Prime Minister said
that the monies spent in Grand Bahama have all been to help strengthen
the economy of the second city. However, he noted that the kind of
change he would like to see come about in Grand Bahama is the kind that
will bring sustainable economic growth and not the “boom and bust”
experience of the past...
Bahamas Industrial Technologies invests $2.5m in cranes to assist Grand Bahama Shipyard
- Mar 8, 2017 - 1:51:56 PM
Bahamas Industrial Technologies has purchased six rough terrain cranes
worth $2.5 million to assist the Grand Bahama Shipyard with operations
over the next five years.
During this period, five of the cranes will be permanently stationed at
the Grand Bahama Shipyard with Bahamas Industrial Technologies assuming
responsibility for maintenance.
"Grand Bahama Shipyard approached us knowing that we are one of the biggest crane rental companies on the island..."
Mitchell: Grand Bahama Integral to Government’s Overall Foreign Affairs Policies
- Mar 7, 2017 - 2:48:21 PM
On the recent State Visit of the President of the Cooperative Republic
of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, to the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas – and more specifically his visit to Freeport on Friday –
Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred
Mitchell stated while on the Freeport tour: “When visitors come from
abroad, we get a deeper sense of appreciation of what kind of country we
are and the appreciation they have for our country and for our people.
That is why we are so pleased to have the President of Guyana come and
visit with us today, and it was moving to see him as he watched his
citizens, who are here helping to build our country, support him as he
visited the schools.
“Certainly I think that the students in Grand Bahama who are being taught by teachers from Guyana..."
Grand Bahama (Port Area) Investment Incentives Regulations, 2017 Tabled
- Mar 2, 2017 - 11:24:23 PM
On Wednesday, February 8th, the Prime Minister tabled the Grand Bahama
(Port Area) Investment Incentives Regulations, 2017. These provide the
Application Form for GBPA licensees to apply for certain concessions,
which expired under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (“HCA”) as prescribed
by the Grand Bahama (Port Area) Investment Incentives Act, (“the Act”)
of August 2016.
The Act brought the interim stay on certain
expiring HCA concessions (most impactfully the Real Property Tax
exemption) to an end on March 6th 2017, while offering GBPA licensees an
opportunity to extend these by application to the Government under the
Act and Regulations....
DPM visits Grand Bahama to check progress of Works projects
- Feb 26, 2017 - 12:00:57 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the
Hon. Philip Davis was in Grand Bahama on Thursday, February 23, to see
the progress of several projects.
Accompanying the Deputy Prime Minister was Minister for Grand Bahama,
the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, along with Toni Hudson-Bannister of the
Ministry of Works in Grand Bahama...
Grand Bahama Welcomes Gospel Fest Cruise
- Feb 24, 2017 - 11:34:18 AM
On Friday, February 17th, 2017 the Ministry of Tourism’s Religious
Tourism Department welcomed 143 special guests to the Island of Grand
Bahama, travelling on board the Carnival Elation, as a part of the 2017
Unique Sounds Music Group Gospel Fest Cruise.
Grand Bahama was the first stop for the contingent which consisted of seven diverse music groups...
Sustainable Biodegradable Program Launched on Grand Bahama
- Feb 23, 2017 - 5:38:37 PM
On Friday, February 17th, 2017 the Ministry of Tourism’s Product
Development Department, under its Sustainable Tourism focus, launched a
year-long Sustainable Biodegradable program dubbed “Reduce Styro and use
Bio” during a press conference at the Ministry’s office.
for the event were members of the Sustainable Tourism Committee, which
consisted of representatives from Keep Grand Bahama Clean, Bahamas
National Trust and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Rangers, along with
local retailers and wholesalers from the food service industry...