Bahamas tourism working with the BNT to strengthen bird-based tourism
- Jul 28, 2014 - 4:36:56 PM
Nassau, New Providence
- The Ministry of Tourism is working in conjunction with the Bahamas
National Trust (BNT) to strengthen bird-based tourism as a Conservation
and Sustainable Development Tool by conducting a week-long workshop to
train ‘world-class’ Bird/Nature Tour Guides at two pilot sites: Central
Andros and Inagua.
General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu during the opening of
the workshop at the British Colonial Hilton, Monday, July 28, 2014, said
The Bahamas has the perfect sites for bird watching to take advantage
of the $82 billion industry, which is growing at approximately eight per
cent a year with an expenditure of $17 billion...
Miami Goombay Festival Celebrates Bahamas
- Jul 28, 2014 - 3:54:30 PM
MIAMI Florida - Miami is hosted the 38th
annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival on July 26th in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, a community with prominent Bahamian
festival featured Bahamian entertainers and
a Junkanoo rushout parade showcasing intricate
costumes and rhythmic music featuring cowbells, goat-skin drums and
brass instruments. Performances were given by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band, Qilla Fang, and Goldenchild. The Celebrity Artist,
Jamaal Rolle also exhibited his lifelike artwork...
Bahamas Tourism Team Pays Courtesy Call’s on Tennessee Mayors
- Jul 26, 2014 - 11:16:19 AM
GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND- The Vacation
Express/ Bahamasair Summer Flight program fueled by the efforts of the
Ministry of Tourism and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board continues
to soar to greater heights. The initial eight city non-stop service
program has now picked up two additional cities with flights originating
in Memphis and Nashville Tennessee commencing August 11th and September
The introduction of this programme increases
the average length of stay for the destination with its rolling four (4
nights with departures on the 5th day) flight schedule. Visitor spend on
tour excursions, dining experiences and shopping among others aids the
Ministry of Tourism’s goal of achieving the widest possible distribution
of the benefits of Tourism throughout the island...
Bahamasair Partners with the Ministry of Tourism
- Jul 24, 2014 - 3:35:19 PM
the nation’s national flag carrier has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism
(MOT) as it works to attract passengers for its West Palm Beach to Nassau
to Woody Wilson, Senior Sales Manager, Bahamasair, the national flag carrier brought
Jay Zeager, the morning show host of
Seaview Radio in West Palm Beach, on Thursday, July 17, for a
four day stay to promote the service.
Wilson said, “We asked him to come over and broadcast live from here, and we
have paired him with Star 106 here in Nassau...
Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson / Fred Higgs Golf Challenge inaugurates in Grand Bahama
- Jul 24, 2014 - 12:37:40 PM
LUCAYA, Grand Bahama – The smooth green surface of the Reef Golf Course is playing host to a major golf tournament.
first Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson / Fred Higgs Golf Challenge got
underway on July 22nd, attracting a large number of competitors
including former outstanding Bahamian basketball players and company
The event is being sponsored by the
Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Golf Federation along with the
support of the Bahamas Basketball Federation...
Bahamas Minister of Tourism Receives APEX Award at National Association of Black Hotel Owners
- Jul 22, 2014 - 10:52:14 PM
Miami, Florida - Demonstrating a great love
and passion for his country, Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Obie
Wilchcombe became the newest APEX (APEX symbolizes the level of
excellence) award recipient as the three-day hotel investment came to
close last weekend.
In his acceptance speech, the tourism
minister said being recognized by industry professionals is an added
bonus for a job that he “loves and finds such pleasure in doing.”...
Caribbean Little League Regional Tournament Swing’s Over to Grand Bahama
- Jul 19, 2014 - 8:26:41 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - Little Leaguers from throughout the
region are warming up for one of the most exciting events to hit the Caribbean
baseball circuit, the
2014 Caribbean Little League Regional Baseball Tournament.
After a thirteen year hiatus, the tournament returns Grand Bahama with
ten days of Grand Slam action. Vice President of the Bahamas Baseball Federation,
Mr. Eddie Clarke brought the event to Grand Bahama for a second time to
give The Islands of The Bahamas, the much needed exposure that they truly
With 200 plus Little Leaguers representing eight Caribbean countries
including: Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao,
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; joined by two
Bahamian teams, representing New Providence and Grand Bahama, the teams
will be competing for an opportunity to qualify for the Little League World
Special recognition for Ethel Rice who has visited The Bahamas for 35 years
- Jul 18, 2014 - 12:02:35 PM
Of all the places in the world that Ethel Rice could visit every year, she chooses The Bahamas.
The youthful 80-year-old has been coming to The Bahamas for 35 years only missing one, as she was recovering from surgery.
Thursday, July 17, 2014, Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Tourism presented Mrs. Rice with a basket filled with
Bahamian goodies and a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in recognition of 35 years of visits to The
The presentation was made at the Paradise Island Beach Club...
Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson Golf Challenge set for Grand Bahama in July
- Jul 18, 2014 - 7:22:03 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - The countdown is on for the Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson Golf
Challenge, slated for July 21st- 22nd, 2014 on Grand Bahama Island.
the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand BahamaIsland Tourism Board being a
part of the tournament’s sponsorship team, this sports tourism event is
poised to receive significant attention and support throughout the
Betty Bethel, Directorfor Grand Bahama Island indicated in a
press conference on Wednesday, July 9th that sports tourism is a $600
billion dollar business and the ministry acknowledges its importance as
the vehicle to drive business to the Islands of The Bahamas. A
sponsorship check was presented to Mr. Ambrose Gouthro...
Bahamas to Promote Wild Life Tourism
- Jul 18, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM
In the wake of the
repatriation of 11 rock iguanas to The Bahamas, Environment Minister
Kenred Dorsett said recently that he is hoping that the incident spawns
awareness for wild life tourism.
iguanas returned home this past week on board a British Airways flight
escorted by UK border control officials, doctors and police guard.
animals went through quite an ordeal after two Russian women tried to
smuggle them in socks through Heathrow airport in London on February
3.Officials said the iguana’s final destination was France as they were
set to be sold for $35,000 a piece.
The women -Angla-Alina Bita, and Vitora-Oliva Bucsa, from Romania were later jailed for the crime.
Bahamas Tourism Officials Driving Business in Europe
- Jul 17, 2014 - 11:55:06 PM
officials from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism have been in London for
ten days to drive business to The Bahamas and meet with staff from the
Europe offices. The team included Director General Joy Jibrilu, Deputy
Director General Tommy Thompson, Director of
Airlift Development Tyrone Sawyer and new Director of Europe Anthony
Jibrilu hit the ground running in her new role as The Ministry of
Tourism’s new Director General. Mrs. Jibrilu along with
her senior management team conducted business meetings with tour
operators throughout the UK and Germany over a period of ten days. The
Director General stated that she and her team mean business and they are
serious about driving up numbers from the European
Junkanoo voted best Caribbean festival
- Jul 16, 2014 - 7:57:15 PM
The country’s premier celebration Junkanoo
has beaten all other celebrations in the Caribbean in USA Today’s top
and 10 best listing.
The competition began four weeks, when readers of the news site were asked to vote on the top 10 best celebrations.
beat out celebrations like Trinidad’s Carnival, Cancun’s Riveria Wine
and Food festival; St. Thomas’ Carnival and even Cropover in Barbados to
claim the top spot...
Disney treats Indian family to Bahamas vacation
- Jul 16, 2014 - 10:15:18 AM
A Disney Channel India contest landed a
family of five a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a free trip on
Disney Cruise Lines and the opportunity to explore all the touristic
sites New Providence has to offer.
Seven-year-old Karmanye Kholsa entered the contest back in May.
the family arrived on July 14, they were given the royal treatment. The
family was also filmed for a Disney commercial that will be seen all
around the world.Manav Khosla, Karmanye’s father, said he was thrilled
about the win and being in The Bahamas.
Grand Bahama Goombay Summer Opens
- Jul 15, 2014 - 12:55:41 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Ministry of Tourism officials participate in the official opening of
Goombay Summer in Grand Bahama at Freeport's Taino Beach on Thursday,
July 10, 2014.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism, meets and chats with visiting
tourists at the Goombay festivities on Taino Beach July 10, 2014.
Joy Jibrilu, the new Director
General Ministry of Tourism and Betty Bethel, manager of Freeport along
with her term at the ministry, enjoy the official opening of Goombay
The sounds of Junkanoo brings Bay Street alive
- Jul 13, 2014 - 7:30:53 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - It was all about the
sounds of Junkanoo bringing Bay Street alive during the second week of
the Summer Junkanoo Festival in July this past weekend.
Friday, July 11, B Category Junkanoo Groups and on Saturday, July 12, A
Category Junkanoo Groups had tourists and residents dancing on Bay
Street and debating which group sounded better as this weekend’s
competition focused on the music of Junkanoo. So it was time for the
backlines of the groups that participated to shine...
41 Bahamian Cultural Legends Honoured
- Jul 11, 2014 - 10:14:26 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Forty-one cultural giants were surrounded by government officials,
friends and family recently as they were honoured during an art
exhibition at Pompey Square.The event was part of the 41st independence
anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas.
cultural legends included names synonymous with features of Bahamian
culture like art, music, writers, theatre and of course Junkanoo.
legends that made the list were Alphonzo ‘Blind Blake’ Higgs, Amos
Ferguson, Antonious Roberts, BahaMen, Becky Chipman, Beginning of the
End, Brent Malone, Bernard “Buttercup” Ferguson, Charles Carter,
Cleophas Adderley, Count Bernadino, E. Clement Bethel, Eddie Minnis,
Ezra Hepburn, Freddie Munnings Sr., George...
Month-long Celebrations of Bahamas 41st Independence Anniversary in Florida Announced
- Jul 9, 2014 - 10:48:25 PM
LAUDERDALE. FL - The
Bahamas Consulate Office, Florida, The National Association Of The Bahamas
(NAB), and key influencers within The Bahamian Community of South Florida, have
teamed up to organize month long activities to celebrate the country’s 41st
Anniversary of Independence.
again, the month of activities will be highlighted by NAB’s major fundraiser,
the Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala.
This year’s Ball will take place at the Hilton Omni, Downtown Miami,
July 19th, and feature the
music of The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band.
Vacation Express boosts tourist numbers in Grand Bahama
- Jul 7, 2014 - 5:13:26 PM
Ministry of Tourism officials are reporting
that the partnership between Vacation Express, Grand Bahama Promotion
Board and the Bahamasair is yielding positive results.
partnership, which commenced on May 1 and will last until October 31
2014, is expected to bring thousands of tourists from Birmingham,
Alabama; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Memphis, Tennessee;
Cincinnati, Ohio and increase the average night stay in the nation’s
First weekend of the Junkanoo Summer Festival dubbed a “great success”
- Jul 7, 2014 - 3:22:48 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Director of Events at the Ministry of
Tourism Charity Armbrister has dubbed the first weekend of the Summer
Junkanoo Festival, a “great success” as hundreds turned out to support
The event is taking place every Friday and Saturday during the month of July between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.
Every Friday night B Junkanoo groups perform and Saturday it is the A groups turn...
Bahamas musicians, filmmakers team up for Baha Men video
- Jul 6, 2014 - 12:08:19 PM
Baha Men’s newly released music video features the talents of a Bahamian director and an all-Bahamian video crew.
Lavado Stubbs’ was the creative lead on the music video for Night &
Day, which was released on youtube on July 1. The hit song is part of
the official 2014 FIFA World Cup CD.
Craig Woods, Bahamas Film
Commissioner, said the video is another creative work that demonstrates
what Bahamians have to offer in film production...