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The Bahamas Receives Grant to Enhance its Tourism Product - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:11:32 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas is one of three priority cruise destinations invited by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., (RCL) to receive a matching grant to participate in the Sustainable Destination Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) initiative.

 RCL collaborated with mutual partners at Sustainable Travel International, Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Tourism Organization to create the SDAA, which is an initiative that aims to greatly enhance how tourism is managed at a destination level and improve its future prospects and ability to compete by embedding sustainability into destination strategies and day-to-day management and marketing.

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Bahamas Tourism Thanks Partners of ‘16 Islands 16 Weddings One Priceless Day’ Promotion - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:01:36 PM

PLANTATION, Florida - ‘The 16 Islands 16 Weddings One Priceless Day’ Promotion, which ended recently and was launched on February 14, 2014 in New York City by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) was a phenomenal success”, said Freda Malcolm, Director of Romance at the BMOT.

“The success of this innovative, social media promotion could not have been possible without the fantastic companies who partnered with the BMOT”...

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Countdown Is On For Bahamas Carnival - Aug 28, 2014 - 9:52:34 PM

The countdown has officially begun for the Bahamas Carnival, which officials say will draw thousands of visitors to The Bahamas.

Recently, Prime Minister Perry Christie officially launched Bahamas Carnival: In the spirit of Junkanoo – an exciting four-day event that will rival 200 other carnivals around the world.

“Even though there seems to be a disenchantment with carnivals around the world, this is going to be a magnificent event,” Prime Minister Christie said.

“We are going to have a major impact on culture. I want Junkanoo to be predominant in this but I want this Carnival to be known around the world as a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...”

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Hotel Occupancy Levels Grows In Grand Bahama - Aug 27, 2014 - 1:41:27 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The nation’s second island-city has seen growth in hotel occupancy levels over the past six months.

According to the latest data released by the Department of Statistics, between January and July 2013 -136,262 rooms were occupied in Grand Bahama. In the same period in 2014, 203,446 rooms were occupied – a difference of 67,184.In terms of percentage, between January and July 2013 Grand Bahama had an occupancy level of 49.52 per cent.

During the same period this year, Grand Bahama had an occupancy level of 56.23 per cent- reflecting growth of 6.71 per cent.Room revenue also grew over the six-month period...

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Nassau Hotels Offers Special Rate For HBCUX College Football Event - Aug 25, 2014 - 11:17:44 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - A number of New Providence hotels are offering special rates for Family Island participation of the prestigious HBCUX Classic games next month.

HBCUX, an American football game, is being held on September 12-14 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

Central State University (CSU) and the Texas Southern University (TSU)-two historically black colleges- will square off in the first college football game ever held in The Bahamas...
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Abaco (Bahamas) Calendar of Events for 2014 - Aug 17, 2014 - 6:29:26 PM

The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to present the 2014 Calendar of Events for the Abacos courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Office, Abaco.

Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make this 120-mile–long chain of islands a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find championship golf courses on Treasure Cay, charming colonial towns on Green Turtle and Elbow Cays, and countless hotels, restaurants and bars throughout The Abacos.

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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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Frontier Airlines Introduces Flights to Nassau, Bahamas - Aug 21, 2014 - 8:13:11 PM

Frontier Airlines has announced that it will be introducing flights to Nassau, Bahamas from Trenton-Mercer starting in November – an initiative that tourism officials are lauding.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced the move this week in a press statement noting that it is the first time a commercial airline from Trenton-Mercer Airport would be introducing an international flight.

 Frontier is offering introductory rates starting at $79 for one-way flights for reservations made between today and August 23rd...
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500 Entries For Bahamas Best Beaches Photo Competition - Aug 21, 2014 - 12:15:28 PM

Over 500 entries have been made to the Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page for its #Bahamasbestbeaches promotion and now tourism officials are making a final push for more breathtaking beach photos.

The competition, which began in late July, aims to use social media to get a look at the best of the nation’s beaches through the eyes of residents and tourists.

When participants upload a unique and engaging photo of a Bahamian beach at the ministry’s page or post via Twitter and Instagram @ VisitTheBahamas using the hashtag #BahamasBestBeaches – they are automatically entered to win a five-day, four night stay at Pelican Bay on Grand Bahama...

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Bahamas PR/Sales Mission promotes new Direct and Non Stop Service to Grand Bahama from Raleigh/Durham and Pittsburgh - Aug 19, 2014 - 1:54:26 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism along with representatives from the Grand Bahama Island Tourism sector recently teamed up to conduct an aggressive Public Relations and Sales mission throughout the cities of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with key influencers in the private and public sectors, travel agents and media houses to promote new direct and non-stop air service to Grand Bahama Island.

The direct services from the RDU and PIT airports will take place throughout the month of October. Bahamasair is using a 737-400 150 passenger Jet, for the two hour international flights. The Packages including air, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation are being provided by Vacation Express, using six properties on Grand Bahama including two all-inclusive resorts.
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Bahamas Holds Successful Conference For Meeting Planners - Aug 19, 2014 - 1:06:34 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Thirty-five top meeting planners from the United States and Canada recently got the a first-hand look at The Bahamas through a familiarization conference hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board.

According to officials, the aim of the conclave was to attract group business- a growing market within the country’s number one industry.

Senior Manager of Groups Bradley Bosfield in the Ministry of Tourism said the ministry was pleased to participate in this FAM trip...
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Bahamas Chef to Participate iIn Food Network Event - Aug 15, 2014 - 12:04:18 AM

Chicago will get a taste of The Bahamas come next month as Bahamian Chef Simeon Hall Jr. will treat participants of a special Food Network concert at Ravina to Bahamian culinary delights.

The concert, which will be held on September 20, will attract thousands of food lovers to Chicago.

It’s the first time that The Bahamas will participate in the well-renowned event.

Chef Hall has an extensive resume from working as an Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager, Executive Sous Chef and as a Culinary Expert at locations such as Walt Disney Cruises, Marriott Hotels, Island Catering Inc, Grenada W.I., Taino Beach Resorts Ltd to Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and The Ritz Carlton’s Abaco Club to name a few...

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Bahamian Chef Tim Tibbitts and Tourism represent in NYC at Ocean Style’s Taste of Caribbean - Aug 14, 2014 - 8:57:45 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama -  On August 6, Chef Tim Tibbitts of Flying Fish and the Ministry of Tourism took to New York City to represent the Bahamas in a Midtown loft as part of an elegant affair called RESERVEDnyc. - Chefs of the Caribbean.  Hosted by Ocean Style magazine, this was an intimate affair, a culinary experience tailored for an audience with an appreciation for fine living and exquisite food.  The guests had the opportunity to feast on a wide array of different dishes and interact directly with the Chefs.  This chic event featured acclaimed chefs from New York city, St Lucia and the Bahamas.  There was a silent auction in benefit of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation and The American Friends of Jamaica Inc.

Before the event, the organizer OCEAN Style Editor-in-Chief, Douglas Gordon was quoted saying: “We are excited about the chefs that are participating.  Each chef will prepare and serve 2-3 exquisite dishes and guests will have the opportunity to interact directly with them. Our goal is to create an enjoyable, dynamic and engaging experience for the guests and chefs”.
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Festival Place Transforms to Authentic Village in Nassau - Aug 14, 2014 - 6:15:20 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The change of scenery has been good for vendors at Festival Place as more tourists seem to be interested in doing impulse buying, according to Director of Maritime Tourism Janet Johnson.

The vendors were previously moved to Prince George Wharf to accommodate construction at the popular tourist attraction.

But after a recent uproar from vendors, they were relocated to the courtyard at Festival Place.
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Int’l Film Maker Features Nassau In Educational DVD - Aug 12, 2014 - 11:40:28 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - When the new school year begins, thousands of students will be able to get a snap shot view of the Caribbean through an educational DVD, which features Nassau as one of the best places to visit in the Caribbean.

The DVD – Cities of the Caribbean – was filmed by French filmmaker Patrick Baucelin in conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

He said it was Nassau’s old British charmed that lured in him to the downtown area.“Nassau is different because of its architecture and colours,” Mr. Baucelin said. “You can tell that it has stayed true to its British roots. The people of the city also make it unique. The way they dress, the way...
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16 Couples Selected to Wed on 16 Islands in The Bahamas at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015 - Aug 11, 2014 - 7:50:50 PM

PLANTATION, Florida - After four months of promotions and submissions from more than three thousand couples from throughout the United States of America, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) announced today that 16 lucky couples have been selected to have their dream wedding, on sixteen of its 700-islands chain, all of which will occur at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015.

The unique, social media promotion aptly named “16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day,” commenced on February 14, 2014 and ended on June 31st, 2014. The promotion was opened to residents of the United States of America only and showcased The Islands Of The Bahamas as the premier destination in the region for romance – weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and romantic escapes. In addition to this, the promotion also highlighted...

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Bahamas Tourism Staff Gets Nova University Certification - Aug 11, 2014 - 2:51:42 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Staff from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism offices around the world underwent three weeks of intense training to complete a Sales and Marketing Certificate Programme designed especially for the ministry in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University.

The programme was created to achieve Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe’s vision for the staff of the ministry to be prepared to build a foundation so that they would achieve the objectives and the goals of the ministry.

Minister Wilchcombe addressed the participants of the programme during a closing exercise where they received certificates at SuperClubs Breezes, Friday, August 8, 2014...
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Final night of Goombay Summer Festival in Grand Bahama: August 7th - Aug 6, 2014 - 3:39:51 PM

TAINO BEACH, Grand Bahama Island -  The celebration continues on August 7th from 6:00pm - 12midnight at Taino Beach.

Originally launched in 1974, Goombay Summer was a celebration that became a huge draw for visitors. Over the years, Goombay Summer was sometimes called Junkanoo in June and Junkanoo Summer Festival, but more recently, it has returned to its original name. It is a celebration of authentic Bahamian music, dance, cuisine and craft...

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Grand Bahama Goombay Summer Festival cancelled tonight due to weather - Aug 4, 2014 - 11:04:54 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Due to inclement weather, Goombay Summer Festival scheduled to take place tonight August 4th, 2014 has been cancelled and will resume for the grand finale on Thursday August 7th, 2014 at Taino Beach (weather permitting).
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