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The Bahamas’ Only Ice Skating Rink Is Back for a Third Year - Dec 4, 2018 - 6:00:58 PM

The Bahamas’ only ice skating rink is back again for the third annual Hope Town Christmas Village Festival held at Jarret’s Park in Hope Town, December 16 – 18.

Hope Town will come alive with Christmas decorations, live music and bustling activity for what Monica Cook, founder of the festival, describes as the spirit of community...
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Sailors Excited About Best Of The Best Regatta - Dec 4, 2018 - 3:13:25 PM

Over 450 sailors are gearing up for the Best Of The Best Regatta, a much-anticipated event for locals and international fans.

The sailing event will be held at Montagu Bay from December 6 through 9 and will feature races of the A, B and C-class boats.

Boaters prepare year-round for the event, as officials are looking to reinforce sloop sailing as the national sport of The Islands Of The Bahamas...
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Rebranded BahamaHost Program Graduates Fifty New Students in Abaco - Nov 30, 2018 - 10:17:39 AM

Fifty graduates from two sessions received their BahamaHost certificates last night in a graduation ceremony held at Friendship Tabernacle, Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

On behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Tyrone Sawyer, Senior Director of Airlift Development, challenged the graduates to maintain the exemplary standard of hospitality in Abaco...
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Golfers at Hero World Challenge Gush Over The Bahamas - Nov 29, 2018 - 11:18:45 AM

As Hero World Challenge gets into full swing, many of the tournament’s players are gushing about The Islands Of The Bahamas.

World renowned golfers such as Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Tony Finau are among 18 players who will tee off for a $1 million top prize at Albany's par-72, 7,302-yard Championship Golf Course for the fourth consecutive year.

Woods, who is hosting the tournament, said The Bahamas is a great place to hold the much-anticipated event...
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Bahamas Named Best Scuba Diving Destination for Big Animals - Nov 28, 2018 - 5:02:50 PM

The Bahamas continues to build on its winning streak of awards, accolades and international recognition in tourism.  During the recent Dive Equipment Manufacturing Association (DEMA) trade show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 14-17, in Las Vegas, The Bahamas captured seven awards and was named 2019 Best Scuba Diving Destination for Big Animals by the Scuba Diving Readers Choice Awards.

Additionally, The Bahamas was also named the top three Best Overall Dive Destination and Best Beginner Dive Destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic Region, respectively...
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Tourism Development Corporation Identifies Key Areas for Budding Entrepreneurs - Nov 28, 2018 - 4:18:12 PM

Opportunities for new entrepreneurs in the tourism sector are vast in the Abacos, according to CEO and Executive Director of the newly mandated Tourism Development Corporation (TDC).

Speaking at a Why Tourism Matters workshop held in Marsh Harbour, Abaco in partnership with the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, Janet Johnson explained that TDC identified areas in the sector that could enhance the visitor's vacation experience in Abaco. These areas include land rental tours, farm to table businesses, eco tours, farm tours, souvenir stores, authentic Bahamian tours...
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Bahamas Tourism Office Appreciation Night in Atlanta - Nov 21, 2018 - 11:51:23 AM

The colors were bold and the music was amped up with the sounds of the goat skin drums, cowbells, whistles and horns, as travel professionals enjoyed the singing and the pulsating rhythms of Junkanoo sponsored by the Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta. The event was held at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, GA.

Spearheading the efforts out of the Atlanta area, Garbrielle Archer, Area Manager of the Bahamas Tourist office, Atlanta, worked with her team to update 100 Delta Preferred Travel Agents, Bahamas Specialists and Media on What’s New in The Islands Of The Bahamas (TIOTB)...
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Bahamas Heavily Promoted at World Travel Market London - Nov 19, 2018 - 1:02:07 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas were strongly promoted at this year’s World Travel Market, annually held at ExCel in East London.

Top executives from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation attended the travel show along with 24 tourism stakeholder representatives from Nassau, Eleuthera/Harbour Island and Exuma.

Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu, Deputy Director General Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson and other executives participated in a number of high level meetings and workshops with airline partners, travel agents...
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Bahamas Celebrates 70 Years of Partnership with Air Canada - Nov 17, 2018 - 12:06:52 PM

The Bahamas is thrilled to celebrate 70 years of flights to paradise with Air Canada, Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. Air Canada first flew to The Islands of The Bahamas on December 2, 1948 and to this day provides scheduled daily service to Nassau.

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to fly Canadians and customers alike to beautiful Nassau over the last four years,” says Duncan Bureau, President, Air Canada Rouge. “We look forward to strengthening this partnership further with our continued service starting this winter from Toronto...
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Young Bahamian’s Paintings Displayed to International Audience at Top National Art Fair in South Florida - Nov 8, 2018 - 9:33:54 AM

The works of young Bahamian artist, Lyndera Hall, were recently displayed in The Islands Of The Bahamas booth during the Las Olas outdoor art event in the arts district of downtown, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The young artist, who was also in attendance in The Bahamas booth along with the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Florida marketing team, had the opportunity to see her work being appreciated by the thousands that strolled through the area over the 2- day weekend of the popular art show.
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MOTA join forces with Bahamas Hotel and Tour Operator Executives to Promote The Bahamas in China - Nov 6, 2018 - 1:08:00 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) led by the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar along with leading industry executives from Atlantis Resorts, Baha Mar, The Pointe and Majestic Tours, took media outlets and tour operators in Beijing and Shanghai on a whirlwind tour of the Islands of The Bahamas, solidifying its message that ‘The Bahamas is a viable destination for Chinese tourists’.

“This is the ideal time for The Bahamas to capitalize on promotional marketing efforts as Chinese tourists are searching for new and exciting destinations to visit,” said Deputy Director General at BMOTA, Ellison Thompson...
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Colors Junkanoo Opens 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show With a Bang - Nov 2, 2018 - 10:51:36 AM

The 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Show (FLIBS) opened with a burst of kaleidoscope colors and high energy on October 31, as the Colors Junkanoo group, paraded the show grounds at Sea Breeze Boulevard, in beautiful costumes while dancing to the pulsating and rhythmic junkanoo sound of goat skinned drums, cowbells, whistles and horns. The group, led by its President, Chris Justilien, marked the first time that The Bahamas’ premier junkanoo culture, was featured at FLIBS’ opening and totally captivated show goers, who quickly joined the rush out, which ended at the newly unveiled, Bahamas Pavilion...
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Ministry of Tourism's 'People-to-People' Grand Bahama - Oct 29, 2018 - 2:27:16 PM

The Ministry of Tourism in Grand Bahama held a 'People-to-People' event at the C.A. Smith Complex on Thursday and Friday, captured in photos. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
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Bahamas Met Director Trevor Basden benefit from NOAA & MOTA training - Oct 24, 2018 - 2:09:00 PM

Trevor Basden, Senior Meteorologist and Director at the Bahamas Meteorology Department recently completed a comprehensive one-week training at the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) in Kansas City, Missouri.  The test bed experimental training, which incorporated the modernization tool and strategies for aviation weather services was an agreement reached between The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during the recent EAA Air Venture Conference in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin... 
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Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Holds Safety and Security Workshop - Oct 19, 2018 - 2:54:27 PM

Officials in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation are looking to ensure that every visitor to the Islands Of The Bahamas feels safe when visiting the destination.

In an effort to come up with leading crime fighting strategies in tourist hot spots, officials held a Tourism Safety and Security workshop under the theme “Enhancing Safety and Security for our country’s number one industry.”

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, who delivered the keynote address, said this “meeting of the minds” is to ensure that tourism stakeholders and national security officials are cultivating winning strategies in the fight against crime...
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Bahamas Tourist Office supports Susan G. Komen’s South Florida Breast Cancer Walk - Oct 19, 2018 - 12:44:22 PM

The Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida was represented at the recent Susan G. Komen More Than Pink™ Walk to benefit the fight against breast cancer. The walk that attracted thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters took place at the Bayfront Park, Downtown, Miami, Florida.

This year’s well attended event featured a number of major sponsors and booths including that of The Bahamas Tourist Office. The event annually celebrates and encourages those living with metastatic breast cancer and those that support them. The proceeds from the event benefit research in the fight against breast cancer...
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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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