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First Bimini Wahoo Meat Mayhem – A smashing success - Nov 22, 2017 - 2:24:22 PM

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More than $141,000 was awarded this weekend in Bimini at the First Bimini Wahoo Meat Mayhem Fishing Tournament, held November 16-18, at Resorts World Bimini.

Organized by Captain Jimmy Wickett, President of Meat Mayhem Tournaments, some 24 boats, from across the USA including Florida, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina and Maryland as well as Grand Bahama Island and as far as Germany, and each paying a registration fee of $3,000, participated in the two-day fishing event...
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Bahamas Aviation Council assemble to proactively plan industry’s future - Nov 21, 2017 - 8:27:52 AM

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Earlier this month The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) in conjunction with several aviation industry partners that makes up the Bahamas Aviation Council, convened at the Nassau Airport Development Company’s office (NAD) to collectively unify its body, strengthen cohesiveness and proactively strategize for the future.

The Council, led by Charles Albury, Permanent Secretary, MOTA included representatives of the MOTA’s (Nassau and USA offices), NAD, Bahamas Departments of Customs, Immigration and Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force...
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Pilots Flying Into Lakeland Regional Airport from Grand Bahama become first international flight to clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Nov 20, 2017 - 8:11:29 PM

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On November 16, 2017, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida commissioned its airport facility as the newest port of entry for U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance.  Four pilots who arrived into the Lakeland Airport facility out of Grand Bahama Island on a Cessna 182 series aircraft, owned by Sun n Fun, were the first international pilots and aircraft to be welcomed into the new facility...
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Bahamas Marinas and Boating Partners tout “We are open for business” message at 2017 Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show - Nov 20, 2017 - 1:25:27 PM

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Bahamas hotels, yacht and marina operators from throughout the islands were in full attendance at the recent 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), held November 1-5, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale.  The Bahamian operators were there to ensure that the boating enthusiasts knew that the marinas in The Bahamas were not impacted by the recent storms that devastated parts of the Caribbean, and that they are in fact, open for business and ready to book.

Some 1,200 boats in-water, were featured at the world’s largest in-water boat show, which bought together 105,000 international buyers and sellers from 50 countries.  FLIBS’ 58th event showcased 1,000 exhibitors who displayed their marine products and accessories...
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Florida’s Leading Travel Agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama Oct 27-28, - Oct 31, 2017 - 9:09:05 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) Plantation’s office recently hosted several travel agents from West Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties, to Grand Bahama Island, October 27-28, 2017 via Balearia Caribbean. The visit, which was part of the MOTA ongoing campaign, “The Bahamas is Open For Business, Come See For Yourself,” gave the agents an opportunity to experience first hand, the island’s major hotels, marinas and tourist attractions...
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The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism and Aviation makes headway in Halifax, Nova Scotia - Oct 26, 2017 - 11:01:33 AM

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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) representatives traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia during a recent Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) Canada sales mission in an effort to promote The Islands Of The Bahamas and attract Canadian visitors to the destination.

High Commissioner Roselyn Horton joined Paul Strachan, Senior Director of MOTA- Canada, as they met with key travel trade media, local travel agents, the Federation of International Basketball Association Group (FIBA), and students of Arcadia University, Dalhousie University, St. Vincent University, and St. Mary's University...
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Say 'Yes' In The Bahamas Tourism Social Media Wedding Proposal Competition - Oct 24, 2017 - 1:23:42 PM

The Bahamas, one of the world’s leading destinations for weddings and honeymoons, is gearing up to launch its newest romance competition “Say Yes in The Bahamas Wedding Proposal.

The unique social media competition, which commences on October 30, 2017 and ends on December 15, 2017 is a joint initiative created by the Romance Department of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) in conjunction with Paparazzi Proposal, to showcase the ultimate wedding proposals offered in the destination...
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Second Place for Bahamas Jr. Minister of Tourism - Oct 15, 2017 - 10:50:44 PM

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Bahamas Jr. Minister of Tourism 2017 Michael Wallace secured a second-place finish at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Youth Congress in Grenada, on Friday.
 
Wallace, a student of St. Anne’s School in New Providence, presented on the topic, “Signature Tourism Products – Strengthening the image of your destination”. Wallace presented the idea of The Island Hop, a proposed mini-cruise experience throughout The Islands of The Bahamas. It’s an idea that the 17-year-old thought would bring young travelers to The Bahamas for new fun and exciting experiences...
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45th Annual McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival "Building Tradition" - Oct 14, 2017 - 5:28:28 PM

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Hundreds of residents and visitors flocked to the East End Primary School to celebrate the 45th Annual McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival on Grand Bahama Island on National Heroes Day.

The festival, which has been a staple homecoming event on Grand Bahama Island, began in 1972 under the inspiration of English teacher Jeffery Morgan and has since grown into a homecoming festival dedicated solely to the conching industry...
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Hon. Dionisio D’aguilar Is President Of UNWTO Commission For The Americas - Oct 4, 2017 - 3:40:18 PM

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The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) elected The Bahamas as President of the Commission for the Americas (CAM) at the 22nd session General Assembly held in Chengdu, China, September 10 – 17, 2017. Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, will assume the seat on behalf of the country for the next two years.

“With such unique and diverse cultural and natural attributes that the Americas are blessed with, I pledged to work in collaboration with member States of the region to further develop and promote these attributes globally in an effort to enhance the quality of life of citizens through the advancement of tourism development,” D’Aguilar said...
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The Bahamas is back to business after Hurricane Irma - Sep 13, 2017 - 9:54:28 PM

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The Bahamas is back to business as tourism resumes after mainly cosmetic clean-up in our major tourism centers, while efforts to rebuild in those islands of The Bahamas that were hardest hit continue.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 12, all airports in The Bahamas are open and both international and domestic service has resumed. Major hotels in Nassau have already welcomed newly arrived guests, and cruise ships are expected to begin calling at ports in The Bahamas today. Recreational marinas have also reopened after reporting mostly no damage.

While most of The Islands of The Bahamas escaped severe damage,
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Pilots from South Africa make their dream a reality of visiting The Bahamas - Aug 7, 2017 - 10:09:59 PM

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PLANTATION, Florida – (August 3, 2017) – Captains Sean Murray and Colin Gray, pilots from Cape town, South Africa said, that they had always been fascinated with the beauty of The Bahamas and had dreamed of flying there.  They decided to make their dream a reality and combined their trip to The Bahamas with the recent EAA Air Venture Conference in OshKosh, Wisconsin, which climaxed July 31, 2017.    
 
Captain Murray, a flight instructor and operator of a flying squad in South Africa said that he was “captivated by the beauty of The Bahamas and began enquiring into flying there”.

In searching the internet for flying instructors to The Bahamas, he was directed to The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s (MOT) website, Bahamas.com, where he was able to get all the necessary information.  He then requested assistance from
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Taste of Port Lucaya event boosts GB Economy - Aug 4, 2017 - 12:58:56 PM
 
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Residents and visitors on Grand Bahama Island got their first "Taste of Port Lucaya" in Count Bassie Square at the Port Lucaya Marketplace.

The event, which was a collective effort by the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, BTC, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the Grand Bahama Island Promotion Board, and Port Lucaya, among other corporate sponsors/vendors, was spearheaded by the Office of the Prime Minister with the aim of boosting the economy of Grand Bahama Island....
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism statement on reorganization & strategic - Aug 2, 2017 - 3:41:28 PM

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The Ministry of Tourism is currently undergoing a reorganization and strategic planning exercise to rationalize its activities and plans moving forward. After careful analysis of the budget for fiscal 2017/2018 and review of the organizational structure it is critical that we implement cost-cutting strategies within the Ministry of Tourism as in this reorganizational phase, it is imperative that costs are reduced and efficiencies increased given that seventy-five percent of our budget is fixed costs with few dollars left for marketing, promotion and sales...
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Bahamas Participation at 2017 EAA AirVenture OshKosh - Aug 2, 2017 - 9:12:43 AM

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“ The Bahamas’ exhibit at the 65thAnnual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Fly In and Convention, held July 23-31, 2017 at the Wittman Regional Airport in OshKosh, Wisconsin was incredibly successful”, says Greg Rolle, pilot and Sr. Director, of Sports and Vertical Markets, Ministry of Tourism & Aviation.

According to organizers of EAA, the weeklong event, which included over 500 industry exhibitors, more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts, and in excess of 15,400 airplanes, exceeded all previous years records...
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Bahamians in S. Florida celebrate 44th Anniversary of Country's Independence - Jul 18, 2017 - 2:51:26 PM

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  - July 17, 2017 - Bahamians in South Florida, persons of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas recently gathered at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Florida for an Independence Ecumenical Service to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Among the speakers at the event, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, The Bahamas/CARICOM Ambassador-designate, received enthusiastic cheers when he told those in attendance that,  "the greatest asset of The Bahamas is not sun sand or sea, but WE (the people)." 
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Bahamas participates in golf tourism convention - Jul 15, 2017 - 10:35:24 AM

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Golf tour operators from around the globe were eager to find out more about golfing in The Islands of The Bahamas at the 10th IAGTO North American Golf Tourism Convention (NAC) recently. The NAC attracted nearly 200 golf tour operators and was held at the Trump National Doral Miami country club in Miami, Florida. 

IAGTO is the global trade organization for the golf tourism industry, which comprises of 2438 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, tourist boards, approved media and business partners in 95 countries including, at its core, 652 specialist golf tour operators in 62 countries...
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Conchservation comes to Grand Bahama Island - Jul 5, 2017 - 9:28:38 PM

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On Thursday, June 29th, the Ministry of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism and Product Department, in conjunction with the Bahamas National Trust, hosted the first ever Conch Vendors and Suppliers Workshop at the Rand Nature Centre.

The event attracted some 27 vendors from throughout the island, who sat under the teaching of key influencers and stakeholders in the fisheries, environmental health and customer service sectors...
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Sustainable Tourism Facilitates Conch Vendors and Suppliers Workshop - Jun 27, 2017 - 11:33:38 PM

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This week representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, along with The Bahamas National Trust, held a press conference at the Rand Nature Center to announce a special conch vendor’s workshop to be held on Thursday, June 29th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Senior Executive for Sustainable Tourism, Jeffrey Pinder, explained that the workshop is targeted to persons who are harvesting and reselling the conch, along with those who make various products using conchshell.

Acknowledging that 2017 has been declared as the year of Sustainable Tourism Development, Pinder said, “The workshop is in keeping with the sustainable development goals from the United Nations...
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77th Annual Convention of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc. - Jun 27, 2017 - 11:32:26 PM

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With songs of praise and hearts of worship, hundreds of delegates fellowshipped on Grand Bahama Island at the 77th Annual Convention of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows (IAMWMW), June 17th – 22nd, at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

This year marked the annual convention‘s fourth visit to The Bahamas and its first visit to Grand Bahama Island.

President of the Bahamas Chapter and Convention Co-Chairperson, Rev. Dr. Sherry Collie, explained that the convention’s first visit to The Bahamas was in 1990...
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