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Two new ships for Grand Bahama Island - Dec 18, 2014 - 11:40:08 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - In an effort to continue ongoing recovery in the nation’s second city, the government this week announced that two new ships will be heading to Grand Bahama’s cruise port come 2015.

During a special press conference at Grand Lucayan, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that the Bahamas Celebration, which was destroyed by an accident on October 31, will be replaced with the Grand Celebration.

“The new “Grand Celebration” replacement ship comes with 50 percent more capacity and projects some 280,000 year round passengers with not less than 100,000 electing to purchase a two or more night stay in GBI combination with the cruise boosting room nights sold from just under 50,000 versus...
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(Video) Myles Munroe, an Ambassador for Bahamas tourism - Dec 12, 2014 - 2:16:37 AM

Watch a video presentation by Tourism Today featuring host, Nikia Deveaux on location at the Munroe Memorial service held on December 3rd at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

"When I landed here today I told Customs that Myles Munroe said, God lives here, and I am a believer," said Creflo Dollar, televangelist and close friend of the late Dr. Myles Munroe during the memorial celebration for Munroe and his wife Pastor Ruth who tragically died in a plane crash with seven others on November 9th in Grand Bahama.

People traveled from as far away as Swaziland...
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NOTICE: Bahamas Film Commission Film Services Directory Update: Call for Submissions - Dec 10, 2014 - 2:31:52 PM

The Bahamas Film Commission Website and its Directory are undergoing an update.  Persons wishing to be included are being asked to send their particulars as soon as possible. 

Industry professionals should send the following:

The Category your services fall under - Casting, Catering Service, Costume Design, Customs Broker, Location Manager, Make-up Artist, Marine Film Services, Production Equipment Rental, Production Company, Production Design & Set Building, Production Manager / Coordinator / Assistant, Talent, Trucking/Transportation...
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Bahamas in talks with several European airlines - Nov 7, 2014 - 2:51:27 PM

LONDON, England - Tourism officials are anticipating an increase in airlift to The Bahamas from Europe, thanks to many promising discussions with travel partners at World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is currently working on reintroducing direct charter flights from Italy to Grand Bahama, and bringing back direct flights from Germany. Visitors from both those countries are up six percent.

Director of Europe, Anthony Stuart says senior tourism officials had progressive meetings with tour operators and airlines from the...
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Gone Fishin’ Becomes BBQ Ambassadors For The Bahamas - Nov 6, 2014 - 8:34:11 PM

It started over a decade ago with a dream in a backyard, but years later the Arawak Cay restaurant Gone Fishin’ has successfully catapulted itself to the 88th BBQ restaurant in the world and the solidified BBQ ambassador of The Bahamas.

Gone Fishin’ was the official winner of the Smokin Hot BBQ competition held at Green Parrot earlier this year – beating out scores of BBQ teams in The Bahamas.

Just last month, the Gone Fishin’ team went to Lynchburg, Tennessee to compete in the Jack Daniels BBQ Invitational, where the cooks...
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London article on Bahamas Swimming Pigs wins CTO Journalism Award - Nov 6, 2014 - 2:18:17 AM

LONDON, England: A magazine article about swimming pigs, dancing dolphins, world-class golf courses and the hospitable people of The Bahamas caught the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and was awarded Best Consumer Feature at World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

UK Travel Journalist Peter Ellegard wrote about The Bahamas’ Animal Magic in his four-page article in the UK high-end golf, travel and lifestyle magazine Great Golf, where he documented his experiences in Nassau, Freeport, Abaco and The Exumas.

“As journalists we play a role as ambassadors. We are out to find out about the countries we visit, and then write about them for our readers....
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Bahamas to host 19th Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference - Nov 5, 2014 - 4:26:15 PM

19th Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference to be held in The Bahamas, November 6-9, at Sandals Royal Resort in Nassau

With Wall Street continuing its burst of investment energy, the U.S. economy recording a relatively strong third quarter performance; and businesses ratcheting up spending on manufacturing to boost production and trade, Carl Masters, Chief Executive Officer of Goodworks International says this month’s Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in The Bahamas will be such an attractive place for executives and entrepreneurs to be.

“Conventional economic wisdom holds that when the U.S. economy is on a fast track to buoyancy, the economies of America’s Caribbean neighbors can expect good times,” said Masters, the co-convener of the 2014...
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Pompey Museum Reopens in Nassau - Oct 31, 2014 - 1:32:33 PM

It’s been closed for nearly three years but on Saturday, November 1, the Pompey Museum will reopen with an exhibition called “Wade in the Water.”

Pompey Museum was first established in 1992 at Venue House- the oldest building in the heart of Nassau.

From then, it was seen as a national treasure as it housed many historical pieces from the time of slavery and emancipation in The Bahamas.

In the 20th century, it also housed the telephone and electricity departments.

In the early morning hours of December 2, 2011, a raging fire destroyed the historical mecca for the second time in its history...

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Bahamian Actor Bert Williams Recognized As “Pioneer” In American Film - Oct 31, 2014 - 2:33:07 AM

New York, NY- The first Bahamian actor ever to be captured on film is being recognized as a pioneer during a five-month long exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

Bert Williams is a name that is etched in the sands of time.

The late Nassau-native is one of few black men in the late 1800s and early 1900s who maintained a successful film and music career.

With partner George Walker, Williams pioneered the advancement of black performances in integrated musical comedies...

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Sunwing Launches Calgary to Grand Bahama Direct Flights - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:43:39 AM

TORONTO, ON--(October 30, 2014) - Residents of Calgary 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 1, 2014. Departing initially on Saturdays then switching to become a weekly service on 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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Bahamas Tourism unveils four commemorative stamps in honour of its 50th anniversary - Oct 30, 2014 - 12:43:48 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (MOT) in conjunction with the Bahamas Philatelic Bureau General Post Office unveiled four commemorative stamps in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Ministry of Tourism and in recognition of the importance of the tourism industry in The Bahamas at a press conference in Pompey Square recently.

Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu, announced that the four stamps, which also went on sale, will honour two hotels in the Outer Islands and two giants in The Bahamas’ hotel industry.

They include the Peace N’ Plenty Resort in Exuma, the Kings Inn...
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Bahamas dream wedding winning brides from Florida select Mon Cheri gowns - Oct 29, 2014 - 11:01:53 PM

PLANTATION, Florida - The three lucky brides from Florida that recently won The Islands of The Bahamas, “16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day” contest, came together this weekend to select their complimentary Mon Cheri bridal gowns, designed by David Tutera and Sophia Tolli.

The bridal gown, which ranges in prices from $1,300 to $1,900, was one of several prizes won by the brides in The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s unique, social media contest.

The brides, Cristina Gaston, of Miami, Wanjira Banfield of Fort Lauderdale, and Patrice Prescott of Haileah are scheduled to marry in Bimini, Abaco and Andros respectively. They were also presented with a bottle of...
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Abaco (Bahamas) Calendar of Events for 2014 - Sep 7, 2014 - 3:29:26 PM

The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to present the 2014 Calendar of Events for the Abacos courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Office, Abaco.

Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make this 120-mile–long chain of islands a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find championship golf courses on Treasure Cay, charming colonial towns on Green Turtle and Elbow Cays, and countless hotels, restaurants and bars throughout The Abacos.

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Design Caribbean 2013 comes to The Bahamas - Feb 22, 2013 - 3:04:01 PM

Bridgetown, Barbados – On January 11, 2013 the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas signed an agreement to hold Design Caribbean 2013 from June 20-23, 2013 at the Grand Lucayan Resort, Freeport Grand Bahama.

The Hon. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama in his remarks at the signing event expressed his delight to host Design Caribbean as it “will expose local artisans and manufacturers to overseas buyers in retail, hospitality, design, music, film and fashion; thus providing them with opportunities to exhibit their talents, market and sell their products and services...

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'Like' Bahamas Film Commission: GB facebook page for opportunities - Jul 27, 2011 - 11:01:54 PM

Are you are interested in the exciting opportunities available in the film industry; feature films, TV commercials, realty shows, fashion shoots, documentaries, music videos and the like and want to take advantage of them? Then you need to ' like' the Bahamas Film Commission: Grand Bahama facebook page.  This is the page that we will be using to post news of upcoming opportunities in the film industry on Grand Bahama Island. 

The opportunities in this industry have been and will always be based on a first come 'first served' basis and The Bahamas Film Commission's Facebook page is the newest and most convenient vehicle that makes it all possible for those who...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Shares Goodwill - Dec 18, 2014 - 5:22:01 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism spreading love and holiday cheer to Great Commission Ministries by donating funds and food items.

Seen from left to right are Ministry of Tourism staff members Ruthann Rolle, Peter Williams, Pam Sawyer, Director of Great Commission Ministries Minalee Hanchall, Permanent Secretary Harrison Thompson and MOT staff member Rose Fraizer.
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Ministry of Tourism Announces “16 Islands 16 Weddings” - Dec 16, 2014 - 10:31:21 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Director General of Tourism, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu announced the 2nd “16 Islands 16 Weddings” campaign, coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism at a press conference on Monday.

The press conference was held so that Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie could announce new tourism initiatives for the island.

Also present were: Tourism Minister, The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and Minister for Grand Bahama, The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville...
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Increased Cruise Service to Grand Bahama Island Expected to Boost Tourism - Dec 16, 2014 - 12:30:29 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – Grand Bahama’s tourism sector is expected to grow significantly in 2015 according to both the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe.

Their comments came during a press conference at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Monday morning, December 15, to announce the expanded service of the Balearia Bahamas Express and the MS Grand Celebration.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie was the featured speaker at Monday’s function, also expressing some confidence in the...
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Bahamas Tourist Office Staff Shares Christmas Goodwill - Dec 15, 2014 - 12:10:17 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  – In celebration of the Christmas season, members of the staff of The Bahamas Tourist Office Florida, during the first few weeks of December bought gifts to be presented to children in Florida’s farming communities of Immokalee and Lake Trafford.  The farming communities are  mostly populated by immigrant and migrant families who work the fields which produce a large amount of the United States' fresh produce. Crops include cucumbers, bell peppers, citrus and a large percentage of the nation's tomatoes that are harvested during the winter months...
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Bahamas Tourism Launches Online Honeymoon Registry - Dec 10, 2014 - 1:34:46 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has launched an innovative online honeymoon registry that allows family and friends of couples to aid in planning an enjoyable honeymoon getaway in The Bahamas.

The registry allows for guests to purchase credit for accommodations, water sports, nightlife, fine and casual dining, sightseeing and even shopping.

Director of Weddings and Romance in the Ministry of Tourism Freda Malcolm said the honeymoon registry has been in high demand from brides and grooms around the world...

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