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Bahamas Tourism Tapping into Billion-Dollar Sector - Aug 29, 2016 - 7:18:18 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Ministry of Tourism is aiming to tap into a billion-dollar travel sector that has long been overlooked and will now begin to place accessibility at the heart of tourism development in The Bahamas.

Director in the Office of the Minister Janet Johnson explained that accessible tourism caters to visitors and residents alike.

It seeks to remove all barriers that would hinder and deny disabled persons and even some of our aging baby-boomer population, with their growing aches and pains, from enjoying easy access to everyday activities...
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Bonding in The Bahamas - Aug 27, 2016 - 8:53:07 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas — When Marvin Menzies took over as head coach of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Running Rebels basketball team he knew the team needed time to bond and soon set his sights on The Bahamas for just that.

“It’s a big benefit,” he said of being in The Bahamas.

“[We have a] brand new coach, new staff and new players and so with all that newness we needed some time together...
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The America Cantat 8: Bahamas International Choral Festival - Aug 25, 2016 - 2:52:06 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – International choirs have joined with Bahamian national choirs to create a week of music of the Americas radiating from Nassau city churches, and The College of The Bahamas from Sunday, August 21 through August 30. It is a unique festival of song, free of charge. Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe welcomed the choirs to this Bahamas International Choral Festival at an Opening Ceremony on Sunday at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

The choir participants are young people of the Americas, from the north, Canada, through warmer climes. Concerts take place at mid-day at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Zion Baptist Church, and Trinity Methodist Church...
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Faith Fest – Expected to Attract Hundreds to Grand Bahama - Aug 18, 2016 - 6:00:57 AM

PLANTATION, Florida -  Grand Bahama Island can expect to see a spike in visitors, October 27-29, 2016 as hundreds converge at the beautiful Grand Lucayan Resort to attend Faith Fest, a fun-filled weekend designed for spiritual immersion and physical rejuvenation.

The event led by Bishop Henry Fernandez, Sr. Pastor at the Faith Center in Florida, is a joint partnership with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) and its Religious Tourism Department.

Religious Tourism, which is also commonly referred to as faith tourism, targets people who travel individually or in groups to destinations for the purpose of pilgrimage, missionary or for leisure fellowship.  It is estimated that some 40 million persons in this growing tourism sector, spends approximately four billion dollars to visit places of worship, missions and for the discovery of Christian culture.
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Bahamas Minister dubs Shaunae Miller an Official Tourism Ambassador - Aug 17, 2016 - 12:23:25 AM

BMOT Celebrates Gold Medal Victory at Olympics

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) wishes to congratulate Shaunae Miller on her thrilling gold medal victory at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Millions of viewers were glued to their television sets and portable devices as Miller, 22, edged out her fellow competitors during the women’s 400-meter final to become the fastest female quarter-miler in the world.
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Junkanoo Summer Festival Kicks Off In The West - Aug 11, 2016 - 7:55:51 AM

WEST GRAND BAHAMA- Just one week after the grand finale of Goombay Summer Festival in Freeport, the Ministry of Tourism launched its Junkanoo Summer Festival in West Grand Bahama.

The communities of Eight Mile Rock and West End came to life as the ultimate junkanoo showdown kicked off at Sunset Village on Friday and on Bayshore Road on Saturday, giving residents and visitors alike a double dose of culture, music and excitement.

The kickoff event gave 150 visitors the opportunity to experience more than junkanoo; they experienced the hospitality of West Grand Bahama, coupled with fresh Bahamian seafood dishes, conch cracking and coconut husking demonstrations, along with the sounds of Rake ‘n’ Scrape.
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Jonquel Jones and Buddy Hield's Summertime Homecoming - Aug 11, 2016 - 12:03:24 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – A few short weeks after the nation celebrated 43 years of Independence, a strong feeling of pride took over the island of Grand Bahama as Jonquel Jones and Chavano “Buddy” Hield returned home.

Coming back home for the first time since both being selected as the 6th pick at the NBA and WNBA 2016 drafts, respectively, Hield, an Eight Mile Rock boy and Jones, a Holmes Rock girl had a lot to celebrate...
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Goombay Summer Festival 2016 - Aug 10, 2016 - 7:31:23 AM

TAINO BEACH, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND- The 2016 Goombay Summer Festival season on Grand Bahama Island, July 7th-28th was nothing short of fantastic for the hundreds of residents and visitors that attended the event over the course of the four weeks.

From the lively street performances to the headliners on the big stage, the festival showcased the best of the best in Bahamian music, dance and arts and crafts.

Each week visitors from as far as Mexico, Zimbabwe, Canada and the United States of America showed up at the festival to experience the culture of the islands...
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American Astronaut Scott Kelly visits The Bahamas to prove it is just as beautiful up close - Aug 9, 2016 - 12:07:12 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly touched down on the beautiful shores of The Bahamas this weekend to experience firsthand the beauty and culture of the islands he gazed on from space during his time orbiting Earth.

The famous American astronaut accepted the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s invitation to visit The Bahamas after he returned to Earth in March following a year-long mission in space.

Kelly, his daughter, and significant other had dinner with Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe on Sunday at the historic Graycliff restaurant...
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Southwest introduces new non-stop flight to Nassau - Aug 8, 2016 - 4:51:55 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - Southwest Airlines has connected The Bahamas to additional markets throughout the United States with the introduction of its new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Nassau.

On August 7, 2016, Bahamian pilot Sean Smith proudly flew the 143-seat Boeing 737 into Lynden Pindling International Airport, officially declaring the route active...
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Astronaut Scott Kelly dines with Bahamas tourism officials - Aug 8, 2016 - 3:46:57 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – US Astronaut Scott Kelly and his family enjoyed dinner with Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe at famous Graycliff restaurant on Sunday evening, August 7, 2016. 

Dinner guests at the special occasion included Minister Wilchcombe, centre right, Mr. Kelly, centre left, and next to the Minister, the Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Harrison Thompson, and (at left in the photo) Deputy Director of Tourism E. “Tommy” Thompson...  
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Valley Boys crowned Junkanoo Summer Festival champions - Aug 5, 2016 - 3:02:58 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas -  After an electrifying four-week battle, a winner has emerged from the 2016 Junkanoo Summer Festival (JSF).

The Valley Boys Junkanoo group was officially crowned the winner of this year’s festival, winning three of the major categories.

With a smile on his face, John Williams, free dancer of the Valley Boys said like every competition, the Valley enters to prove a point and their point has once again been made...
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Bahamas Building On Its Partnership With EAA AirVenture - Aug 4, 2016 - 2:28:11 PM

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin –  The 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Convention, held July 24-31, 2016 at the Wittman Regional Airport in OshKosh, Wisconsin ended successfully for the organizers of this event, but even moreso for the Islands of The Bahamas. The Bahamas was the sole foreign country featured in the International Federal Partnership (IFP) Pavilion during the eight-day convention.

The EAA AirVenture, the largest aviation convention in the world attracted more than 800,000 aviation enthusiasts and some 11,000 aircrafts ranging in size from home built to war jets and featured daily air shows with amazing aerobatic acts from synchronized formations to parachute jumpers and daring wing-walking stunts...
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Rotary Club of Lucaya Learns of Modernized Bahamas Customs Department - Aug 3, 2016 - 1:39:52 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Sherick "Sharky" Martin, assistant controller of Bahamas Customs, Northern Bahamas, presented the topic, "A Modern Bahamas Customs" to the Rotary Club of Lucaya at its weekly meeting, August 2, at Ruby Swiss Restaurant.

Martin discussed the role of the Bahamas Customs Department and explained: "Our department has promoted over the years a harmonized and simplified customs procedures aimed at facilitating trade that will enhance economic prosperity and social development.
Run for Pompey Expected to Showcase Exuma, and Pay Tribute to Cultural Hero - Aug 3, 2016 - 9:50:23 AM

A record number of participants is expected to hit the roads for Run for Pompey, the event set for October in Exuma celebrating Bahamian history, culture and sport, according to organizers and Tourism officials who revealed details today at a press conference at BAF Headquarters, Independence Drive, Nassau.

“The Ministry of Tourism is very pleased to lend its support to the 2nd Annual Run for Pompey,” said Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism. “Pompey is one of our first national heroes, so it’s appropriate that this Run will be held on National Heroes Day. Run for Pompey has all the elements of a Tourism winner, opportunities to bring visitors and locals together for a weekend of activities that brings focus to Exuma’s unique history and stunning beauty...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Touts Success - Jul 31, 2016 - 11:28:57 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — Director General in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Joy Jibrilu revealed yesterday that the ministry’s aggressive campaign to attract visitors to The Bahamas and strengthen the country’s market share are paying dividends.

During a press conference in the British Colonial Hilton, Jibrilu, flanked by Permanent Secretary Harrison Thompson and Deputy Director General Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson, noted that the country is seeing increase interest from tourists around the world.

Jibrilu revealed that visitor arrivals are trending upward...
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Bahamas Makes History and is Sanctioned “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors” at 2016 EAA AirVenture - Jul 30, 2016 - 6:52:32 AM

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental success and set historic records on the international front, this time being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The announcement was made on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and accepted by representatives of the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

NOAA which has a membership of 3,300 weather professionals, started the ‘Weather Ready Nation Ambassador” initiative three years ago to educate its citizens on the importance of preparedness and protection in weather conditions..
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MOT Reveals Baha Mar Delay Did Not Change Bahamas Annual Visitor Statistics - Jul 29, 2016 - 4:05:42 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Despite delay in Baha Mar’s opening, annual visitor statistics continue to increase steadily with the current boost of international and domestic tourism initiatives and increasing cruise and air travel stopovers throughout the 700 islands of The Bahamas, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu announced at a briefing by the Ministry in the Governor’s Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, July 27, 2016.

Mrs. Jibrilu expressed a desire to encourage more Bahamians to vacation at home within the Family Islands to support domestic tourism and keep Bahamian money home. She said that according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Bahamas tourism has contributed a total of BSD $4,129.3 million or 46.9 percent of GDP in 2015 and expects a rise of 2.6 percent in 2016...
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Relationship of Bahamas and US Government Agencies Featured And Heightened at 2016 EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin - Jul 28, 2016 - 4:32:23 PM

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin –“The partnership between The Bahamas Government agencies and that of the United States Federal Government including the US Customs and Border Protection agencies continues to strengthen, heighten in success and reap mutually rewarding dividends for the two nations,” says Greg Rolle, Pilot and Sr. Director of Sales, Marketing and Sports, at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Captain Rolle made the comments while leading a team of Bahamas Government officials including representatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Department of Civil Aviation, Customs and Royal Bahamas Police Force at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference...
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Team Bahamas Ready for CAGC next week - Jul 22, 2016 - 2:56:23 PM

With just days before Bahamian golfers tee off against their Caribbean counterparts, President of the Bahamas Golf Federation Glen Archer said the local team is "brimming with confidence" and predicted that The Bahamas will dominate the upcoming regional competition.

The 60th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships is set to kick off on Monday at One and Only Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

Golfers from Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are participating.
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