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Junkanoo Groups Preparing for Junkanoo Summer Festival - Jun 22, 2017 - 9:30:49 PM

It’s summer time again and that means Junkanooers throughout the Islands of The Bahamas are getting ready for a sizzling Junkanoo Summer Festival.

The cultural extravaganza will take over Arawak Cay July 1, 15, 22 and 29. The festival, which runs from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, will also feature mouthwatering Bahamian dishes from nearly 30 vendors, authentic Bahamian craft and an exciting kiddie corner.

Each evening focuses on a different aspect of Junkanoo. On July 1, the spotlight will be on choreography, July 15, groups will be judged on costumes and on July 22 the overall competition will be held...
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Bahamas wins new Business Aviation Award - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:34:53 PM

The Bahamas was presented the 2016 Caribbean Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for Outstanding Country Promotion, the first award of its kind for the region. The Sapphire Pegasus Award is a symbol of gratitude for the superb performance in an industry segment where mediocrity is unacceptable.

The award was introduced to the region during the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten, June 13-15. “Based on expert advice and the long record of outstanding performance, we decided that The Bahamas should be awarded for the excellent promotion of the Caribbean over a longer period of time in the business aviation industry,” said Antonia Lukacinova, founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Awards...
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7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:20:07 PM

On Saturday, June 17th, 2017, the community of West End came to life as the Ministry of Tourism hosted the 7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival on Bayshore Road, West End.

The Tournament, which commenced at 7:00am, unleashed excitement among anglers within the local and historic fishing community who took to the early morning seas for an eight hour fishing trip, all for the love of culture and snapper!

With West End being the hardest hit community on Grand Bahama last year during the passage of hurricane Matthew, Director for the Ministry of Tourism on Grand Bahama Island, Betty Bethel, said that “I’m very pleased to see how well the community has cleaned up...
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Alpitour flights from Italy return to Grand Bahama - Jun 16, 2017 - 5:59:34 PM

On Thursday, June 15th,the Alpitour Villaggi Bravo Charter flight returned to Grand Bahama Island to commence its summer program, after a successful charter season in 2016.

With a total of 103 passengers on board, the charter, which is the only direct flight from Milan, Italy to Grand Bahama Island, will allow visitors to experience a week-long vacation stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort, partner property.
Cristina Cazzani from the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Italy said that, "The Bahamas Tourist Office in Italy has a long relationship with travel to Grand Bahama... Since 1992, we have sent lots of Italians in the summer through our charters. Together with the Ministry of Tourism and the BTO, Italy, there has been an improved program for a direct flight from Milan to Freeport..."
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Young Bahamian creative writers urged to enter student essay competition - Jun 14, 2017 - 6:06:23 PM

Deadline to submit is July 3

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) are looking for the best young creative writers in the Caribbean and are calling for entries into the 2017 FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay Contest.

The contest is a prerequisite to The Bahamas participating in the FCCA regional contest. It is open to all students on the primary, junior and secondary education level and it has two divisions of competition: junior and senior...
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Bahamas Wins Junior Chef of The Year At Taste of the Caribbean - Jun 10, 2017 - 3:48:22 AM

The youngest member of the 2017 National Culinary Team Kenria Taylor stunned the region recently when she won Junior Chef of the Year at the Taste of the Caribbean 2017 held in Miami, Florida from June 2-6.

The Bahamas National Culinary Team overall scored two gold and several silver medals at the regional culinary showdown...
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Grand Bahama to host 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows convention - Jun 7, 2017 - 10:10:21 AM

On Thursday, June 1st, the Ministry of Tourism's Religious Tourism Department, along with representatives from the International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Inc., held a press conference to inform the public of the 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows annual convention set to be held on Grand Bahama Island.

The convention, which will take place June 17th- 23rd at the Grand Lucayan Hotel, will be dedicated to fostering an environment of teaching, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment...

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American Airlines Begins New Nonstop Service from North Carolina to Exuma - Jun 6, 2017 - 3:28:47 PM

American Airlines has added yet another new flight to The Islands of The Bahamas with nonstop service from Charlotte, North Carolina to Georgetown, Exuma.

The inaugural flight, which took place on Saturday, June 3, touched down at Georgetown’s airport shortly after 10:20 a.m. The new route will expose The Bahamas to new visitors allowing for greater market penetration. The new service will operate weekly on Saturdays. The airplane, a Bombardier CRJ-700, has a capacity of 63 seats, nine in first class and 54 in the main cabin...
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Bahamas Represented at Clia’s Cruise360 Conference and Trade Show - Jun 5, 2017 - 5:44:58 PM

The Islands of The Bahamas was well represented at the Cruise Lines International Association's Cruise360 2017 Conference and Trade Show, which recently took place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, Florida.

At Cruise360, The Bahamas was able to connect with top-notch travel agents, cruise line executives and industry representatives during the week of networking events, educational workshops and trade show exhibition. Florida-based Director for Cruise & Maritime Development, Glenda Johnson, seized the opportunity during The Bahamas workshop to update agents on the new tourism products at the destination; saying “it’s crucial to educate agents so that they can better sell to their clients”...
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The Bahamas’ Ultimate Ocean Road Trip - Jun 4, 2017 - 8:43:35 PM

Once again, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is offering boating enthusiasts the adventure of a lifetime. A convoy of boats, under the leadership of seasoned mariners, will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 8, 2017 to kick off the highly anticipated Bahamas Boating Flings.

These Boating Flings will begin in June and occur each weekend concurrently throughout the month of July and climax on July 27-30, 2017. Boaters will journey across the Gulf Stream and passage through translucent blue waters to behold the beauty that is The Islands of The Bahamas.
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Florida- Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) 2017 Children's Environmental Poster Competition - Jun 2, 2017 - 1:03:16 AM

On Tuesday, May 30th, the Ministry of Tourism facilitated the judging process for the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation 2017 Children's Environmental Poster Competition.

Under the theme "Our World Is Precious...Save Our Land and Seas", all primary/secondary school students in FCCA's partner destinations were invited to participate in this year's environmental poster competition.

The competition, which seeks to promote environmental awareness among students and inform them of the importance of environmental protection, was judged by Bahamian artist and educator Steffon Grant along with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism...
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Lights Up The Skies - May 25, 2017 - 12:33:05 PM

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, hundreds of attendees flocked to Taino Beach to witness what promised to be the most awe-inspiring aeronautical showcase at the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show.

After a successful Young Eagle’s career fair the day before, the Grand Bahama Air Show, coupled with the inaugural Kite Festival, offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to participate in a full evening of exciting events.

Among those in attendance was aviation enthusiast, Dave Shallbetter, of Sun ‘n Fun Radio...
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Airshow Underway! - May 19, 2017 - 6:54:58 PM


After months of planning, marketing and promoting the unique aerobatics and cultural showcase scheduled to take place this coming weekend, the Ministry of Tourism has cleared the runway and is ready to take off with the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th – 20th, 2017, at Taino Beach, Freeport Grand Bahama Island.

During a press conference held at the event’s host hotel, Pelican Bay, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, Nuvolari Chootosingh, Manager for Sports Tourism...
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Bahamas to Take on Caribbean in Taste of the Caribbean - May 19, 2017 - 5:19:06 PM

A cadre of culinary chefs from around The Bahamas have once again come together to challenge the Caribbean in a four-day showdown at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami, Florida from June 2-6.

The event, which is now in its 24th year, unites top chefs in the region to learn and demonstrate their skills in an all-out cultural showdown.

The Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA) searches for the best chefs from different organizations to compete in the region’s top premier culinary competition.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism proudly sponsors the event among others...
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Inaugural Bahamas Power Boat Races Held in Bimini - May 15, 2017 - 2:00:32 PM

The spotlight was on Bimini April 28 – 29 for the first annual Offshore Powerboat Competition. It was a beautiful weekend that saw 16 fast powerboats gracefully glide across the deep blue Bimini seas.

The thrilling event which brought thousands of participants, families and fans to Bimini was a partnership between Resorts World Bimini, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) and The Bahamas Ocean Sports Authority (BOSA). In conjunction with the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA). The competition is also scheduled to appear on NBC Sports Network TV on the East Coast, the Midwest and on the West Coast...

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Grand Bahama Air Show & Inaugural Kite Festival This Weekend - May 14, 2017 - 1:21:07 PM

The Island of Grand Bahama is gearing up for a spectacular weekend of aerobatics, culture and family fun as the Ministry of Tourism gets set to host the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th – 20th, at Taino Beach.

The Air Show, which was introduced in 2016 during the kickoff weekend to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, took the island by storm as thousands of festival goers saw first-hand the high-impact aerobatic showcase.

According to Manager for Sports Tourism, Nuvolari Chootosingh, in addition to the three- hour air show, this year’s event will feature the return of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagle’s Career Fair and Expo...
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New Components Added To The Second Annual Grand Bahama Air Show - May 3, 2017 - 10:12:43 AM

The Second Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, taking place May 19 and 20, 2017 at Taino Beach, promises to be bigger and better than its premier show and is already attracting scores of visitors to the island as well as members of the international press.  

The two days event, which kicks off with an Aviation seminar for students on May 19 and ends with a three hour air show on May 20, is being organized by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with Sun n Fun, the second largest aviation show in the USA and veteran air boss, John Wayne of John Wayne Air Cavalry, LLC.
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Tourism Ministry working diligently to protect Bahamas' reputation - May 1, 2017 - 11:19:07 AM

Director General in the Ministry of Tourism Joy Jibrilu assures that all is being done to protect the reputation of The Bahamas in the wake of the failed Fyre Festival. The MOT has been actively engaged with international media partners to ensure that the integrity of The Bahamas is maintained.

“The organizers of the Fyre Festival, which was a private event, have readily admitted that they were in over their heads, and they have taken full responsibility for all that has transpired, and have issued a statement to this effect. It is also pertinent to note that the international media have recognized that all and any shortcomings came from the promoters, and The Bahamas has been insulated from any direct negative repercussions...
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Bahamas Tourism Statement on Fyre Festival - Apr 28, 2017 - 4:57:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on Fyre Festival:

We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival.  We offer a heartfelt apology to all who traveled to our country for this event. 

Tourism is our number one industry and it is our aim to deliver world-class experiences and events.  Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos...  
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5th Annual West End Junior Sailing Regatta - Apr 27, 2017 - 9:37:33 AM

On Saturday, April 29th, the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association and the Grand Bahama Sailing Club, will host the 5th Annual West End Junior Sailing Regatta in picturesque West End.

More than 40 young certified skippers, boys and girls from the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco and New Providence, will be participating in this year’s event.

According to Elaine Smith, Coordinator for Product Development at the Ministry of Tourism, “The Ministry of Tourism is very pleased to announce that this year’s competition will include participants from New Providence, in addition to those returning for the second year from Abaco”...
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