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Religious Tourism Department works with religious networks to bring exposure to The Bahamas - Oct 18, 2014 - 5:20:15 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Director of Religious Tourism Dwight Armbrister at the Ministry of Tourism said recently that the department is always working on several different projects simultaneously to bring more exposure as well as visitors to the Islands of The Bahamas.

During a press conference at the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Armbrister said, “Fundamental to that task is for us to keep our messages, events and programmes constantly in the face of the travelling public.

“We are doing that by way of the many media outlets such as TBN...
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Grand Bahama Connects Atlanta in time for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival! - Oct 17, 2014 - 5:03:13 PM

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ATLANTA, GA- Connecting the Atlanta Market to one of The Bahamas’ premier destinations just got easier! Beginning November 2nd, Delta Airlines will increase its direct air service to Grand Bahama Island for a second consecutive year, adding daily flights for the winter and spring seasons to its inventory. With increased airlift on Saturday’s, beginning in February of 2015, continuing through April, Atlantan’s will have the opportunity to fly direct to Grand Bahama in time for the start of the first annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival!
The Bahamas Tourist office and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board set out on a three day Sales and Public Relations blitz, sensitizing the Atlanta travel market, media houses and industry partners to the availability and accessibility of Grand Bahama Island as the perfect international...
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Sunwing Vacations Launches New Weekly Direct Flights From Vancouver to Grand Bahama - Oct 17, 2014 - 4:28:30 PM

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Residents of Vancouver, Canada can look forward to an easier way to reach the Bahamas this coming winter with the introduction of a weekly service to Freeport, Grand Bahama that launches November 01, 2014. Departing initially on Saturdays, the flight becomes a direct, non-stop service departing Fridays from December 19, 2014.

Passengers can start off their vacation in style by taking advantage of Sunwing Airlines' award-winning Champagne Service that includes a welcome glass of champagne, complimentary food and wine along with in-flight entertainment offered at no charge. All packages also include a generous 20kg free baggage allowance...
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Acklins Wins Taste Our Bahamas Competition - Oct 17, 2014 - 3:11:11 PM


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Nassau, Bahamas - After a two-weekend tantalizing culinary competition involving several islands, Acklins has emerged the winner of the Ministry of Tourism’s Taste Our Bahamas Competition.

In the finale, the judges had the daunting task of judging seven delicious categories including best crab and dough, best alcoholic beverages, best rice, best conch salad, best crab dish, best native candy and best lobster dish.

In the best bread and crab and dough category, Tiffany Newton of Andros was the overall winner...

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25th North Eleuthera Harbour Island Regatta a Success! - Oct 17, 2014 - 2:18:15 PM

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DUNMORE TOWN, Harbour Island, The Bahamas - The 25th North Eleuthera Regatta hosted by the North Eleuthera Regatta Association (NERA) October 6 - 13, 2014 marked the last event on the country's 2014 Regatta Calendar. The Regatta activities kicked off with a Church Service at the Wesley Methodist Church on October 6th. 

Other events held during week under the Fig Tree on Bay Street included Cultural Activities, Live Band Entertainment, and Beach Bashes.  The Bahamian Sloops took to the waters on Friday, October 10th for three (3) days of sailing ending on Discovery Day, Sunday, October 12, 2014.  The HI 2014 Regatta races featured only B-Class and C-Class sloops...
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Luxury charter flights set for Bahama Islands out of South Florida - Oct 16, 2014 - 11:25:12 PM

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Charter service offering luxury flights to five Bahama Islands, Spring 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, October 15, 2014 - Wynsome Davis, Manager of The Bahamas Tourist Office, Abaco, recently expressed high praise for IJet Charters who has announced plans to offer scheduled charter service to Abaco Island and four other Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale as well as flights to Abaco from New York, Spring of 2015.

Davis was one of many of the key influencers, media and other government officials in Abaco who toured the airline on Tuesday to view the state of the art aircraft, that was in Marsh Harbour on its introductory trip to the Island...
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Bahamas Film Commission staff closer to certification - Oct 15, 2014 - 11:45:50 PM

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Officers of the Bahamas Film Commission earned credits toward certification as film commissioners recently while being updated on the latest trends in the administration of film production.

The Ministry of Tourism designated Clarence Rolle and Aulenna Robinson for training through the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). The training conference took place in the form of AFCI’s annual Cineposium, held this year in New York City.

Top film professionals addressed the gathering on various topics, including Set Safety, Using Drones in Filming and Building a Film Tourism Strategy.
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(VIDEO) Russell Miller GBITB chairman provides a Grand Bahama Tourism Pulse update - Oct 11, 2014 - 1:33:31 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - As the Ministry of Tourism’s private sector industry partner, charged with the responsibility of guiding strategies and policies.  The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board’s mission is to: serve as one, unified voice for the industry; strengthen the Grand Bahama Island Tourism economy; proactively promote members' businesses for economic growth; and collaborate with all tourism stakeholders while achieving organizational financial independence. 

There are true signs of the resurgence in tourism on Grand Bahama Island.     Our combined effort to revitalize our tourism sector is evidenced by the increasing number of air arrivals, increased length of stay in hotels and an increase in amount of visitor spending throughout the community...
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The Road to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s Atlanta Launch - Oct 9, 2014 - 10:48:40 PM

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Moments leading up to the launch of the First Annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Atlanta Georgia, team Bahamas, represented by members of the Bahamas Tourism Sector and the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) stopped by Atlanta’s primer inspirational radio station, WAEC Love 860AM to excite the Atlanta listening audience of the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Season.

The unique cultural showcase is slated to kick off on April 17th – 18th, with Grand Bahama taking center stage for two full days of activities, and New Providence closing out the celebrations on May 7th-9th.
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42nd Annual McClean's Town 'Conch Cracking' Fest Launched - Oct 9, 2014 - 10:07:18 PM

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, Grand Bahama - For the 42nd time in as many years, the uniquely Bahamian competition of ‘Conch Cracking’ will be held in the place of its origin, McLean’s Town, East Grand Bahama on October 13th, the holiday Monday of Heroes Day.

The unbroken annual event is held as part of a heritage festival for the community of McLean’s Town and the school.

The Conch Cracking Committee takes this opportunity to invite the public to join in the fun-filled activities with the residents of this traditional Bahamian fishing village, as an appropriate way to celebrate our Bahamian Heroes Day.
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Bahamas Ties Down New Airlift Opportunities - Oct 8, 2014 - 6:40:56 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas, The Ministry of Tourism and its industry partners participated in 2014 World Routes, an annual forum held at different cities around the world, where airlines, airports and tourism promotions officials come together to discuss new route development opportunities.

The 2014 World Routes forum was held in Chicago, Illinois.

Attending this event were participants from the Nassau Airport Development Company, the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

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Scenes from Taste Our Bahamas‏ - Oct 6, 2014 - 11:13:55 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - These photos are scenes from the first ever Taste Our Bahamas held at Fort Charlotte On Saturday, October 4, 2014.

The next Taste Our Bahamas event will be held on October 11th.

Photos enclosed...
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'Taste Our Bahamas' to Become Signature Event - Oct 3, 2014 - 12:58:28 AM


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Nassau, Bahamas – The much-anticipated Taste Our Bahamas Festival is set to become a signature event that draw thousands of food lovers to The Bahamas during the traditionally slow period.

Culinary Manager DeAnne Gibson likened the event to that of the South Beach food festival in Miami, Florida.

“This event is the first of many to come,” she said. “We are really excited that the Culinary Tourism market is really growing in The Bahamas. This year is the sampler and the building block to everything next year. It is going to be bigger and better and there will be more components to Culinary Month.”

Taste Our Bahamas is the cornerstone of Culinary Month...

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Discovery Day U.S. Premiere set for Bahamian film, "The Black Moses: The Story of L.O. Pindling" - Oct 2, 2014 - 2:53:10 PM

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New York City, NY  - The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Creatively Speaking Film Series are proud to present the U.S. Premiere of the critically acclaimed docu-drama from Bahamian director, Travolta Cooper. His biopic on the life of Sidney Poitier won an award at the Bahamas International Film Festival and “Black Moses” was selected as the first Bahamian film to close the same festival in 2014.

“The Black Moses” is currently on the film festival circuit in the U.S. and is making its U.S. theatrical Premiere simultaneous to its theatrical launch in The Bahamas as part of the Creatively Speaking Film Series at MIST Harlem on October 10, 2014 in celebration of The Bahamas “Discovery Day”.
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Pittsburgh to Grand Bahamas Island: Are You Ready for Some Football? - Oct 2, 2014 - 1:00:33 AM

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PITTSBURGH – Tired of the sun, sand and surf? Ready for an urban vacation including some good, old American football?

In cooperation with Grand Bahamas Tourism Board, VisitPITTSBURGH is sponsoring a “Picture Perfect Pittsburgh” contest to find the perfect social media travel host from Grand Bahama Island. The contest is being run in an effort to promote the one-month trial of a direct flight between Pittsburgh and Grand Bahama Island (GBI).

VisitPITTSBURGH and Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, their members and partners are collaborating to have residents from both places consider these destinations when selecting a vacation destination.
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Bahamas working to increase African-American visitors 2 major events planned for 2015 - Oct 1, 2014 - 3:21:05 PM

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WASHINGTON, DC -  The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) has locked in two major events that are expected to attract thousands of African-American visitors to The Bahamas in 2015.

According to BMOT’s Director of the African-American market Linville Johnson, plans are underway for a black women’s empowerment conference at Baha Mar, which is expected to bring 5,000 to 8,000 visitors to New Providence next year.

A music festival for Grand Bahama is also in the making, and the proposed event is projected to attract anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 visitors to that island...
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Bahamas Tourism Director General on World Tourism Day - Sep 28, 2014 - 9:48:50 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Director-General of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu On the Occasion of  World Tourism Day 2014, 27th September - “Tourism and Community Development”

This year’s World Tourism Day is all about the empowerment of local communities in host destinations through tourism. This, and the complementary focus on sustainable development – social, economic and environmental, is fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism.

Tourism is The Bahamas’ #1 industry. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism accounts for roughly 46% of our national...
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World Tourism Day 2014 - Message from the Bahamas Minister of Tourism - Sep 27, 2014 - 3:10:53 PM

World Tourism Day – celebrated every year on the date September 27 – has as its theme for 2014 “Tourism and Community Development”, and looks beyond the immediate economic impacts of job creation, toward sustainable socio-economic development through community engagement. At the grass roots level, the empowerment of the people and communities of host destinations through tourism means providing better opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, as well as greater levels of self-determination and involvement in decision making.

The Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation has reminded us on this occasion that the UNWTO Code of Ethics states that “local populations should be associated with tourism activities and share equitably in the economic, social and cultural benefits they generate."
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Bahamas Tourism in talks with New York Yankees - Sep 26, 2014 - 4:29:11 PM

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NEW YORK CITY, New York: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is looking to ‘get on base’ with the New York Yankees, seeking a partnership with the popular Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

The two sides recently began exploratory discussions on cobranding efforts that would expose millions of baseball fans to The Islands of The Bahamas brand. Director of Sports Tourism Greg Rolle led a team of sports representatives to New York to meet with New York Yankee executives Tuesday evening.

“New York is one of our major target markets and if we can establish a relationship with the Yankees that will help us penetrate the market, it could result in a boost in our visitor numbers,” Rolle said.
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Bahamian MLB player celebrated in New York - Sep 26, 2014 - 1:35:42 PM

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NEW YORK, NY - Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe has dubbed Bahamian Major League Baseball (MLB) player Antoan Richardson “Ambassador for The Bahamas,” a role the New York Yankees outfielder gladly accepted.

The tourism minister hosted a congratulatory dinner for Richardson at The Sea Fire Grill restaurant in New York following the Yankees home game against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, September 25.

“You are now in a position to get people to come to our country, which you’ve done already. Every time you do that you’re providing opportunities for Bahamians, helping put food on their tables, and a roof over their heads...
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