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Bahamas to Be prominently featured at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - Oct 12, 2018 - 10:18:17 AM

The countdown is on for the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) and The Islands Of The Bahamas will have an exclusive and even greater presence at this year’s show, being held October 31 through November 4, 2018. 

Now in its 59th year, the 2018 FLIBS is expected to attract more than 100,000 persons from 52 countries around the world and will showcase more than 1500 in-water boats and 1200 exhibitors...
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Bahamas Brand Exposed to Hispanic Community of South Florida - Oct 8, 2018 - 4:19:12 PM

Hundreds of Hispanics from the S. Florida community were recently exposed to The Islands Of The Bahamas brand as a result of  the Florida marketing team of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s sponsorship of the La Mano Hispana 2018 Art Gallery Opening Night at the  Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment, Hialeah (Miami),Florida.

The Bahamas’ sponsorship of the event came about through its partnership with the City of Hialeah Florida‘s Communications and Special Events Department.  “October is ’Hispanic Heritage Month’ and participating as a title sponsor at La Mano Hispana Art Gallery Event enabled us to tap into the Hispanic market...
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Janet Johnson new CEO & Executive Director of TDC - Oct 6, 2018 - 7:39:09 AM

The transformation of The Bahamas’ tourism sector continues, gathering impetus with the appointment of tourism veteran Janet Johnson as CEO and Executive Director of the newly mandated Tourism Development Corporation (TDC). The TDC is charged with accelerating the pace at which The Bahamas is able to breathe new life into the tourism sector, and with leading the charge to diversify within the sector and to focus on the development of more boutique resorts in the Family Islands...
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Caribbean Seeks Airline Interlinks - Oct 5, 2018 - 10:57:44 AM

The Islands Of The Bahamas and a number of Caribbean airlines are looking for ways to join forces in an effort to boost travel within the region.

During the Sky Is The Limit workshop at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) at Atlantis Paradise Island this week, officials sought to trade ideas on how to make travel to and within the Caribbean less complex...
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SOTIC Opens In The Islands Of The Bahamas - Oct 3, 2018 - 11:31:40 PM

In his keynote address to the opening ceremony of the State of Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) yesterday, October 2, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis urged delegates to turn the Caribbean into a global tourism centre. The region’s premier tourism conference is being held this week, October 1-5, at Atlantis Paradise Island.

SOTIC is a meeting of the minds that brings together over 300 delegates from around the Caribbean — tourism ministers, directors, executives, strategic partners, tourism business executives and everyone involved directly or indirectly in tourism...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Reviews Freeport, Grand Bahama Initiatives - Oct 1, 2018 - 4:34:46 PM

The purchase of the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport is big news, but the acquisition of this prime resort property is only one part of the overall, large scale mission being undertaken to support the rebound of tourism on the island of Grand Bahama.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has been working closely with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator, The Hon. Kwasi Thompson, to promote the island...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism To Launch New Branding Strategy In 2019 - Oct 1, 2018 - 4:30:55 PM

Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu touted the “tourism boom” being experienced in The Islands Of The Bahamas and revealed that a new marketing campaign will be launched in 2019.

Ms. Jibrilu, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), was speaking at the State of The Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) – a week-long conference at Atlantis Paradise Island from October 2-5...
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Bahamas MOTA’s Aviation and Verticals Team Tour Banyan - Sep 30, 2018 - 1:54:50 PM

This past Thursday, representatives of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA), led by its Deputy Director General, Mr. Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, conducted a special tour of Banyan Air Services’, 88 acres facility in Fort Lauderdale. The team, made up of the BMOTA vertical and aviation department members, also used the opportunity to present, to Banyan’s executives, gift bags as a token of appreciation for their support to The Bahamas.  Each gift bag contained a Bahamas Gateway FBO shirt, hat, cup, towel and key chain.  The BMOTA began working with Banyan more than twenty years ago, and today it is its largest Fixed Based Operator (FBO), sending hundreds of pilots to its 40+ airports, each year...
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Bahamas Exploring Additional Travel Business from China - Sep 27, 2018 - 6:54:42 PM

“The Bahamas’ attendance at the 2018 World Routes Conference in Guangzhou, China was very successful and exceeded our initial goals and expectations,” said Tyrone Sawyer, Sr. Director of Airlift Development for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA).

The Conference brought together hundreds of airlines executives from the Far East, Europe, Canada, North America and the United States, to meet, develop and create business opportunities with vendors from various destinations...
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The Abacos make history with record breaking visitor arrivals - Sep 25, 2018 - 12:34:42 PM

The Abacos have struck gold, officially. For the first time in history, the island has received 300,000 visitors, the second highest number of visitors after Nassau, in 2017, according to Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar.

Addressing the 15th annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference, Minister Pintard highlighted the impact of the Ministry of Tourism’s 16-island destination strategy designed to create high visibility for the Out Islands...
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Tourist Money Never Done Symposium a major success - Sep 18, 2018 - 4:42:53 PM

Tourism officials are planning to visit a number of Family Islands to hold the workshop ‘Tourist Money Never Done’ after the inaugural event at the British Colonial Hilton on September 13 -14, was oversubscribed.

The event was developed by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation in conjunction with the Bahamas Development Bank and Patrick Rahming & Associates to assist budding tourism entrepreneurs and stakeholders in brainstorming ideas for new products in the country’s number one sector.

Director of Business Development in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Janet Johnson said she was overwhelmed with the reaction to the seminar...
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Bahamas Garners Massive Exposure At Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion In Orlando, Florida - Sep 5, 2018 - 10:54:27 AM

The Bahamas garnered massive exposure over the weekend at a Ministry of Tourism and Aviation sponsored Party in da Backyard at the pool of the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida, as part of the sponsorship of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion (ATJFR) Expo and Convention. 

The explosive and rhythmic sounds of Junkanooers and the colorful costumes, at the Bahamas styled party, captured the attention of hundreds in the pool and surrounds, enjoying the Labour Day weekend. Crowds joined in the line and danced to the music while many others raised cameras to capture the parade...
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Significant Growth in Tourism Arrival Numbers Positively Affects the Abacos - Sep 4, 2018 - 3:31:47 PM

Due to a significant growth in tourism arrival numbers, the number of resorts and restaurants in the Abacos which are normally closed during the off-season has drastically decreased.

According to Wynsome Ferguson, Manager of the Abaco Tourist Office, all hotels in Marsh Harbour and Hope Town will remain open during the period of August – November, which is typically off-season on the island...
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The Bahamas to showcase at Annual Tom Joyner Family Reunion - Aug 27, 2018 - 9:11:19 AM

The Islands Of The Bahamas will once again be one of  the featured booths at the annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion(ATJFR) scheduled to take place this Labor Day weekend, August 30 – September 3, at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee, Florida.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation will be located in booth 808, as a part of what is being touted as “The Supersize Family Expo” of the well-attended event which is now in its 16th year as a major African-American Convention and Expo said to attract more than 50,000 family members of all ages each year...
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BMOT & Aviation introduces New Florida Sales Force - Aug 27, 2018 - 12:42:49 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has launched a series of Icebreaker events across the state of Florida, to introduce its brand new Florida Sales and Marketing force to the Hospitality, Tourism and Travel community within the state (the country’s nearest U.S. neighbor).

At the recent event hosted to draw travel professionals from both Dade and Broward, newly appointed Director for Marketing, Florida, Mrs. Betty Bethel-Moss, told those in attendance, “While technology is the most relevant platform from which to conduct business in our industry...
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Local Student Hezrona A. E. Moxyz-currie receives National Honor - Aug 26, 2018 - 6:41:29 PM

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced student Hczrona A. E. Moxyz-Curric from Coral Springs, FL, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Clmim1an Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf ofNSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Hezrona has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic exccllcncc," said Nobel...
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The Islands Of The Bahamas Among AFAR Magazine’s Best Caribbean and Family Destinations - Aug 25, 2018 - 6:50:18 AM

Months after its editors, writers and guests experienced The Islands Of The Bahamas, the renowned AFAR magazine has once again placed the destination at the forefront of readers’ minds as a finalist in its Travel Awards for the Best Caribbean and Family Destination.

In the Best Caribbean Destination category, The Bahamas is going up against British Virgin Islands; Saint Lucia; Bermuda; Antigua and Barbuda;
Cancun/Riviera Maya; Aruba; Barbados; Curaçao; Martinique; Cayman Islands; Jamaica; Los Cabos and Grenada...
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BMOTA reconnects with Travel Industry Association of South Florida - Aug 21, 2018 - 11:14:27 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) recently held a joint dinner and mini tradeshow for sixty members of the Travel Industry Association (TIA) of South Florida.  The event, which was held at La Jolla in Coral Gables, marked the BMOTA’s return to TIA, the largest association of travel agents in South Florida.

During the evening, travel agents were educated on the new hotel product offerings in The Bahamas, as well as updated on the new airlift services and tourism programs.  The Bahamas update session was conducted by BMOTA sales and marketing team, led by Betty Bethel-Moss, Director of Sales (BMOTA),
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Bahamas Participation in 2018 Oshkosh Aviation Conference a smashing success - Aug 19, 2018 - 3:58:01 PM

“The 2018 EAA AirVenture Conference in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is over, but the Islands of The Bahamas made quite an impression there and seized additional business opportunities for its tourism and aviation sectors,” so said Captain Greg Rolle, Sr. Director of Vertical Markets and Aviation at The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA).

Captain Rolle, who is the only non-North American to have ever served as Chairman of the influential International Federal Partnership (IFP) organization, said, “The Bahamas is the only country, outside of the USA and Canada, to be a part of the prestigious IFP, which works closely with Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) representatives on this event. 
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Bahamas Tourism reveals strong positive trends in international arrivals - Aug 17, 2018 - 1:17:05 PM

International arrivals in The Bahamas show a solid growth of +10.2 percent year-to-date, maintaining the tourism turnaround that began in October of 2017. The growth trend is driven by strong performance from the U.S. but a 29.6 percent increase through July in arrivals from Canada is also contributing to the overall growth story. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation restarted robust marketing and communications efforts in North America telling The Bahamas travel story to consumers by bringing travel journalists and digital influencers to the country...
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