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Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament - Grand Bahama, April 24th - 27th - Apr 17, 2014 - 3:47:58 PM

Grand Bahama Island is gearing up to host a fishing competition like none other! On April 24th- 27th, 2014, for the first time, anglers from throughout the United States will pack their gear and kayaks and head over to beautiful Grand Bahama to participate in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament (EKFT).

Extreme Kayak Fishing “Battle in the Bahamas” is a two day game fishing tournament and ultimate battle for the $5,000.00 jackpot cash prize. Unlike traditional fishing tournaments where anglers go out to sea on their boats, this particular tournament calls for kayaks or paddle boards. The last tournament that took place in Pompano Beach on September 27th, 2013 attracted some 82 anglers that traveled from various states...
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Bahamas tourism employees use heritage tour as refresher course - Apr 17, 2014 - 12:12:52 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Ministry of Tourism ensured that staff members remain informed of the heritage and cultural opportunities available in Nassau by taking 50 employees on an extensive heritage tour of New Providence.

The employees began the tour at Rawson Square where they received a refresher tutorial on the history of the city and some colorful, historical personalities. The group then made their way to the communities of Fox Hill and Gambier with a stop at Clifton Heritage Park.

Director of Tours at the Ministry of Tourism Craig Mortimer spoke about how the tour ties in with the ministry’s golden jubilee, celebrating 50 years...
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Packer draws star power to Bahamas for Birthday Bash - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:00:43 PM

Hollywood celebrities flocked to The Bahamas recently as the Ministry of Tourism hosted a birthday party for film producer Will Packer at Sandals Island.

Packer is producer of movies such as Think Like A Man, Takers, Stomp The Yard and Ride Along.

Prime Minister Perry Christie and Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe addressed the gathering of Bahamian dignitaries and friends and family of Will Packer. They welcomed the visitors and urged Packer to consider The Bahamas as a film location or a place for a second home.

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Bahamas readies for Sweeet! Fest on April 27th - Mar 28, 2014 - 12:28:44 PM

Festival: A sweet treat for residents, visitors

Bahamians and visitors will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day by savouring a variety of Bahamian pastries and treats at Sweeet! Fest in Pompey Square. The festival, which is a partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and the Downtown Nassau Partnership, will be held April 27. Its objective is to bring together sweet lovers and vendors just in time for Mother’s Day.

Khashan Poitier is one of the organisers for the event."As foodies, we created this event because of our love for sweets. More importantly though, the Sweeet Fest shows a commitment to entrepreneurship and culinary tourism, which is an untapped market in The Bahamas.
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Grand Bahama Island Launches Safety Campaign - Feb 20, 2014 - 11:54:15 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- As the Ministry of Tourism celebrates 50 years of promoting travel to the Bahamas, we are more aware than ever before of the increasing need to protect and sustain our tourism industry. In an effort to inform the local community, especially parents about the dangers of leaving minors in public facilities at night, the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Port Lucaya Marketplace, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ministry of Education, Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Grand Bahama Christian is launching a strategic safety campaign to address this issue.

A press conference was held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at the Gerald Bartlett Complex to officially launch the campaign. Betty Bethel, General Manager at the Ministry of Tourism, emphasized
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Bahamas tourism officials pitch in Atlanta - Feb 19, 2014 - 11:51:10 AM

The Ministry of Tourism showcased the variety of niche travel experiences on16 major islands at the recent Vacation Express travel trade show in Atlanta, Georgia.

Grand Bahama Island’s tourism resurgence was a prominent component of the Ministry’s presentations to travel agents attending the show as the island will have non-stop service from Birmingham, Cincinnati, Memphis, Richmond, Baltimore, Columbus, Raleigh, Durham and New York/Newark.

Attendance at the trade show exceeded expectations by approximately 100 agents. More than 200 travel agents took part in the show...
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Carver Garden Club honours former executives: Strives Towards the Future - Feb 19, 2014 - 11:28:59 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The ladies of the Carver Garden Club met recently just as they have done regularly for the past fifty-eight years since the Club’s inception. Club Members used the occasion to tap into a blossoming spirit of appreciation for how far they have come: they honoured former Carver Garden Club executives who have served the Club so well.

The new executive team headed by president, Jacquelyn Sawyer, felt that it was the fitting thing to do. “We stand proudly on the shoulders of these women,” offered Sawyer. “We just needed to let them know how much we value their contributions...”
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Bahamas Tourism Minister launches new initiative in NYC - Feb 17, 2014 - 2:24:26 PM

NEW YORK - More than 100,000 people experienced a destination wedding in The Bahamas last year, and the country wants to attract even more in years to come, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe told seasoned travel writers and business partners today as the Ministry of Tourism launched its latest niche market promotion.

The 16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day invitation was extended to engaged couples throughout the United States in a launch event held at trendy Per Se Restaurant, which is ranked among the world best’s restaurants by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. The invitation will allow the couples to learn about the 16 major islands of The Bahamas online then use the selected website to enter to win a destination wedding on one of those 16 islands.

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Grand Bahama to expect 6 charter flights for Valentine's Fly-In - Feb 14, 2014 - 2:04:33 PM

This Valentines weekend the Grand Bahama International Airport’s FBO will welcome approximately 6 private charter flights with some 26 passengers from the Bahamas Flying Ambassadors program (pilots with extensive experience in flying the Islands of The Bahamas) from Florida for a weekend of island soaring and exploring. Fly-in’s are nothing new for the island of Grand Bahama, in fact, the Ministry of Tourism in its aggressive campaign to appeal to the multi-billion dollar general aviation and private aircraft market is pleased to welcome these and other private charters to participate, travel, explore and share what the island of Grand Bahama has to offer.
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Grand Bahama Island Safety Campaign - Feb 12, 2014 - 7:36:04 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- As the Ministry of Tourism celebrates 50 years of promoting travel to the Bahamas, we are more aware than ever before of the increasing need to protect and sustain our tourism industry. In an effort to inform the local community, especially parents about the dangers of leaving minors in public facilities at night, the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Port Lucaya Marketplace, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ministry of Education, Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Grand Bahama Christian is launching a strategic safety campaign to address this issue.

A press conference was held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at the Gerald Bartlett Complex to officially launch the campaign. Betty Bethel, General Manager at the Ministry of Tourism, emphasized the timeliness of this campaign being launched now as this month has been declared Sustainable Tourism month. This campaign serves as a preventative initiative to ensure the sustainability of the tourism product. Russell Miller, Chairman...
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BTC 2014 Phone Book – Celebrating Tourism’s Golden Jubilee - Feb 10, 2014 - 2:51:36 PM

The new phone books are here and The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has dedicated both White and Yellow pages’ directory front covers on all editions, to Tourism’s Golden Jubilee. The front cover concept was conceived by Anthony Stuart, Ministry of Tourism General Manager and designed by Ministry of Tourism graphics department, making this the first year BTC has not designed or overseen the front cover artwork.

Both Directories feature a cover story on the Ministry of Tourism’s Golden Jubilee. More than just phone listings the directories are a veritable treasure trove of useful, interesting information and beautiful photography.

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Universities immersed in Bahamian culture - Jan 30, 2014 - 12:52:49 AM

Students from two United States universities got a special study abroad experience recently with an immersion in Bahamian culture through the People to People program.

More than 20 students from Drake University and St. John’s University took part in an ambassador hosting at the home of People to People volunteer Keith Saunders. Mr. Saunders, a veteran of the program, treated the students to a Bahamian meal, and the group also had the opportunity to meet Bahamian college students.Thomas Westbrook, professor at Drake University, led his students to Nassau for a three-week leadership course, Leadership at Sea. In the course, students lean about seamanship, languages and culture. After a taste of Junkanoo at the Educulture...

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Bimini Celebrates Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Jubilee - Jan 29, 2014 - 9:57:52 PM

BIMINI, Bahamas - Director of Films in the Ministry of Tourism Craig Woods brought remarks on behalf of Minister Obie Wilchcombe at the Ministry of Tourism's 50th Anniversary church service in Bimini. The sermon at Unity Church of God was preached by the senior pastor, Bishop Edmond Ellis and Prescott Young, senior manager Ministry of Tourism, Bimini, read the Prime Minister's Proclamation at the luncheon.

Pictured from left: A representative from Ministry of Tourism, Bimini; Maxine Williamson, General Manager Visitor Relations Department; Officer Burnside; Mrs. Woods; Mr.Young; Mr. Woods, Oscar Munroe, Administrator Bimini and Jack Thompson, Office of The Prime Minister.
Bahamian entertainment group branches out - Jan 29, 2014 - 12:55:07 PM

Brown Entertainment Group Auditions and BE Arts Programs have been combined
and been rebranded as a regional tour and a model and talent expo.

The company’s principal, Sonia Brown, announced that its inaugural
Carib-Link Bahamas project is slated for the summer of 2014. As a prequel to the event, the James Pentaudi
Workshops will be held July 26-28.

“The goal is to not only to create a platform for Caribbean entertainers to be
educated, empowered and exposed, but also to bring the top decision makers
to our markets to discover the multi-faceted talent we have,” Ms. Brown said.
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Abaco MOT reflects on 50 years of sustainable eco-tourism growth - Jan 24, 2014 - 1:18:42 PM

Marsh Harbour, Abaco -- Prime Minister PerryChristie has declared Tourism’s Golden Jubilee to be the “Year of Culture”. He believes that proper promotion and integration of cultural tourism into the national, regional and international marketing strategies of The Bahamas will fit in well with the sustainable approach to tourism with the hope of having a vibrant product from January to January.

Pastor Stanford Symonette read the Prime Minister’s Proclamation defining the role of cultural diversity in building tourism in Abaco during a special church service at the Parish of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour, January 22. Permanent Secretary at the MOT, Harrison Thompson, explained how tourism developed in Abaco since before Independence 1973.

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Celebrity chefs to dish it up at “Devour The Beach” in The Bahamas - Jan 24, 2014 - 2:06:42 AM

THE ABACOS, BAHAMAS - North America’s hottest chefs will descend on Green Turtle Cay in The Bahamas for a three-day ocean-side food extravaganza. From March 26-29, 2014, the remote-island paradise will play host to the first annual Devour! The Beach festival. The three–day event features extraordinary culinary events led by celebrity chefs from Chicago, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Dallas, Ottawa and Halifax.

“Visitors to the island will have countless opportunities to not only enjoy the food of some of their favourite international chefs,” says Adam Showell, Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina owner. “They will get to relax and play alongside them in a famously hospitable, tropical environment that was once featured on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”The mouthwatering menu of activities can only be matched by the location. Stunning Green Turtle Cay

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Bahamas Minister of Tourism: Is Destination Bahamas in a State of Decline and Denial?‏ - Jan 22, 2014 - 12:48:35 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -
In a recent interview, Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe, declared that The Bahamas is poised to have its “best year ever” in 2014. His confidence is supported, he believes, by the number of tourism-related projects underway and/or nearing completion on several islands in the archipelago, including the US$3.5 billion Baha Mar development on the island of New Providence.

While nothing less than self-assured proclamations are expected from the chief booster of the destination, many questions remain about what lies ahead for The Bahamas’ tourism sector, which was hardest hit of all those in the region by the global recession that began in late 2008. Through September 2013, The Bahamas saw a decline of over -7% in stopover visitor arrivals, and a modest 4% increase in cruise arrivals, per the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
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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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Foodies famished for Devour! The Beach, Green Turtle Cay - Apr 15, 2014 - 1:51:36 AM

Green Turtle Cay, Abaco’s first ever Devour! The Beach food and wine festival brought foodies and chefs from all around the world to experience the taste of The Bahamas.

The festival, which was the brainchild of Executive Chef of the Green Turtle Club Michael Howell welcomed five chefs extraordinary chefs to cook spectacular food in its first year. They emphasized the use of local products throughout the festival.

Chef Howell explained that he wanted to create an event that would help get heads in beds.

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