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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.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Team Participates in Consumer Welfare Unit Exhibit in Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 4:00:10 PM

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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 Insurance...
News : International
Grand Bahama Delegation travel to U.N. with Minister and Ambassador - Mar 20, 2017 - 2:14:38 PM

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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...
News : Grand Bahama
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

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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.

The 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...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama BTC Restoration Expected to be 99% completed by month end - Mar 10, 2017 - 2:17:58 PM

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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.

During the 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 services teams...
Sports
West End International boat races kick off April 21 - Mar 10, 2017 - 12:18:19 PM

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Event organizers are planning for the inaugural West End International race day April 22 and 23 at West End Village in Grand Bahama Island.

The 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...
News : Grand Bahama
Clean up for West End, Grand Bahama planned for April 1st - Mar 9, 2017 - 11:01:47 PM

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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 effort.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM: Over $100 Million Spent on Improvements in Grand Bahama - Mar 9, 2017 - 5:10:00 PM

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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 Bahama.

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...
News : Grand Bahama
Bahamas Industrial Technologies invests $2.5m in cranes to assist Grand Bahama Shipyard - Mar 8, 2017 - 1:51:56 PM

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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..."
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Mitchell: Grand Bahama Integral to Government’s Overall Foreign Affairs Policies - Mar 7, 2017 - 2:48:21 PM

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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..."
News : Grand Bahama
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....
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
DPM visits Grand Bahama to check progress of Works projects - Feb 26, 2017 - 12:00:57 PM

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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...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Welcomes Gospel Fest Cruise - Feb 24, 2017 - 11:34:18 AM

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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...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Sustainable Biodegradable Program Launched on Grand Bahama - Feb 23, 2017 - 5:38:37 PM

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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.

Present 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...
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