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Caribbean Journal launches Bahamas Travel Awards in partnership with Bahamas Ministry of Tourism - Dec 10, 2019 - 4:40:14 PM

From its incredible people to its remarkable natural beauty, there’s a reason why The Bahamas continues to be one of the world’s trending getaways according Caribbean Journal. This being just one of many reasons Caribbean Journal has partnered with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to launch its Bahamas Travel Awards...
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Top executives of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism meet with its emerging leaders to prepare for the future of the tourism industry - Dec 10, 2019 - 3:32:25 PM

At a recent Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Global Sales and Marketing meeting, the top executives of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism   met with the emerging leaders of their  tourism team to discuss  and prepare them for the future of the tourism industry. The Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu, and the Deputy Director General, Mr. Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, joined Executive Director of Global Sales, Mrs. Bridgette King, for the three-day gathering that brought together the first cadre of talented young professionals that will help propel the Ministry of Tourism into the future...
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Back to the Bahamas in Honor of CHICOS 10th Anniversary Momentum begins for CHICOS 2020 at Baha Mar - Dec 10, 2019 - 2:00:58 PM

Parris Jordan, an HVS Managing Director and the Chairman of the Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS), enthusiastically announces that the 10th anniversary edition of CHICOS, scheduled for November 12–13, 2020, will be hosted at the Grand Hyatt in the highly praised Baha Mar resort complex in Nassau, Bahamas...
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Bahamas Travel Show - Dec 9, 2019 - 12:40:03 PM

As part of its ‘Bahamas Is Open For Business’ marketing campaign, the Bahamas Tourist Office in Plantation, Florida in conjunction with its partnership with Hubbard Radio Alpha Media Network, in West Palm Beach, will conduct three special editions of The Bahamas Travel Show.

The Show was designed to further heighten The Bahamas’ diverse and impressive brand, increase market visibility, engage loyal listeners, increase visitor interest and bookings to its destination and simultaneously...
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Hero World Challenge donates $184,500 to the One Bahamas Fund - Dec 9, 2019 - 10:40:45 AM

Hero World Challenge Donates $184,500 to the One Bahamas Fund.From left Tiger Woods, Dr Pawan Munjal, Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp and Dionisio D’Aguilar, Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation.Creators of the ONE Bahamas Fund - Justin Timberlake, Tiger Woods, NEXUS Luxury Collection, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and members from the ALBANY community - have pledged $6 million toward Hurricane Dorian relief and rebuilding efforts to be matched by those who share their passion to help those impacted by the devastating hurricane...
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FCCA partners with Carnival Cruise Lines and MOTA to bring holiday cheer to deserving children - Dec 7, 2019 - 12:35:07 PM

Christmas came a little early for 200 local children who participated in The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) 23rd Annual Holiday Gift Project. Held on Thursday, December 5 at The Freeport Harbour, the gift-giving event saw representatives from Carnival Cruise Lines and the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (MOTA) welcome students and teachers for a celebration filled with food, music, and holiday cheer...
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Thousands of children to benefit from santa’s wonderland this holiday season - Dec 4, 2019 - 3:30:06 PM

Bass Pro Shops has teamed up with Convoy of Hope, The Grand Bahama Christian Council (GBCC), the YMCA and various government agencies to make the holiday season bright for thousands of children on Grand Bahama Island through Santa’s Wonderland. A holiday staple on the Bass Pro Shops calendar, Santa’s Wonderland is an activity-packed event for children that includes gift giveaways, games, treats, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus and his helpers. The free, Christmas-themed attraction is set for December 16-19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the YMCA playing field...
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Inspirations at Sea Cruise visits Grand Bahama for 5th year - Dec 4, 2019 - 11:30:09 AM

The Ministry of  Tourism & Aviation’s Religious Tourism Department recently welcomed 60 gospel artists to Grand Bahama for an afternoon of music, dining and fellowship at the Manta Ray Beach Club. The group comprised recent winners in the Prayze Factor Awards, a global initiative that recognises and promotes the best unsigned gospel talent around the world.

The visit marked Prayze Factor’s fifth consecutive trip to Grand Bahama. Each year, following the awards ceremony, the winners are invited on a tour across the U.S. that culminates in a cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines to The Bahamas...
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What’s new in the islands of the Bahamas this December - Dec 3, 2019 - 9:40:06 AM

The weather may be cooling down in the U.S., but The Bahamas is heating up this winter. With numerous awards under its belt, The Bahamas is top-of-mind as people around the world set their 2020 travel plans. From continued reopenings on Grand Bahama Island, to a new craft cocktail bar in Nassau to exciting cultural events such as the vibrant celebration of Junkanoo, there is no better time than now to see just why it’s always “Better in The Bahamas”...
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The LSU Tigers came to Bimini and conquered Junkanoo Jam 2019 - Dec 2, 2019 - 2:51:23 PM

The Tigers of LSU built an early lead and never looked back as they won the Bimini Division title over the Tigers of Memphis. LSU was led by tournament MVP Khayla Pointer with 17 points on 8-11 shooting and 3 assists. Memphis’s leading scorer was Jamirah Shutes scoring 14 in the game.
LSU started quick taking a 27-15 lead after the 1st quarter. LSU’s offense continued to roll in the 2nd quarter as the inside-out duo of Faustine Aifuwa and Khayla Pointer would prove to be too much for Memphis as they combine for 28 points on 14 of 17 shooting in the half...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and aviation hosts top-tier media and Influencers Post-Hurricane Dorian - Dec 1, 2019 - 12:50:24 PM

In the months following Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) has mobilized and set up a steady stream of group and individual familiarization trips to continue telling the world that The Bahamas is “Open For Business.” From November 2019 into the New Year, top-tier media and social influencers are coming to The Islands Of The Bahamas to discover the country’s culture, cuisine and communities and help spread the message that most of the islands are welcoming visitors...
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Old Bahama Bay Wahoo Charity Cup reels in another smashing success - Nov 30, 2019 - 12:45:38 PM

Anglers across Florida converged in the settlement of West End, Grand Bahama on November 21 for the highly anticipated 3rd Annual Old Bahama Bay Wahoo Charity Cup. For participants, the event was a thrilling opportunity to sail the beautiful, boundless blue waters of Grand Bahama Island in hunt for wahoo large enough to earn them the competition’s top prize and, of course, bragging rights.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation served as a proud sponsor of the Wahoo Charity Cup, which attracted 37 participating boats this year, the largest showing since its inception...
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Grand Bahama welcomes first official international flight since Hurricane Dorian - Nov 27, 2019 - 9:27:57 AM

It was an exciting day for Grand Bahama on Tuesday, November 26, as the island welcomed its first official international flight to the Fixed Based Operators (FBO) at Grand Bahama International Airport since the passing of Hurricane Dorian. Representatives from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA), Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Grand Bahama Airport Company, Bahamas Customs and Immigration and the Royal Bahamas Police Force all assembled on the tarmac Tuesday afternoon to welcome the inbound Bahamasair Boeing 737 Jet...
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Veteran Bahamas Tourism Marketing Executive honored - Nov 25, 2019 - 12:06:32 PM

Veteran Bahamas Tourism executive, Linville Johnson, received a prestigious, “Supplier of the Year” Award from the National

Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) during their recent annual conference in New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, who has been in the sales and marketing industry with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) for well over 30 years,
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Bahamas Tourism Completes Canadian Crusade - Nov 23, 2019 - 3:46:08 PM

Tourism officials traveled across Canada this past week to promote that it’s business as usual for The Bahamas.
All but 2 of the 16 major islands are open to tourists despite the impact of Hurricane Dorian to Abaco and Grand Bahama. Their message was loud and clearly presented to media and travel professionals across the country on stops in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto that The Bahamas is #StillRockin as they unveiled their new slogan and hashtag.  
Leading the charge was Bahamas Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, who said...
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New program seeks to attract cruise officials to experience The Bahamas - Nov 20, 2019 - 9:34:40 AM

The Cruise and Maritime Department of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) has introduced an initiative designed to increase spend from cruise ship staff and crew.

The new Crew Program features a familiarization exercise that allows cruise ship employees to experience a taste of the hospitality, culture and tourism product of The Islands Of The Bahamas...
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Bahamas Tourism blitz underway in Canada - Nov 19, 2019 - 12:30:59 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation delegates lead by Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, as well as numerous industry partners took media outlets and tour operators in Canada on a whirlwind tour of the Islands of the Bahamas, solidifying the messaging of the Bahamas being a viable destination for the Canadian tourists, despite the impact of Hurricane Dorian.

“Following Hurricane Dorian, we felt that it was absolutely critical to come and let the Canadian market know that we are open for business and to introduce The Bahamas to new aspects of the Canadian market,” remarked Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Director General, Joy Jibrilu, “as far west as Vancouver, there is huge potential to market the country...”
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"The Bahamas is Open For Business," says D'Aguilar in Vancouver, Canada - Nov 19, 2019 - 10:15:37 AM

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dionisio D'Aguliar continues to push the messaging that the Bahamas is indeed open for business. 

He interviewed this week at Global BC's Morning News with Reporter Sonia Sunger.

Photos enclosed...
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The Islands Of The Bahamas at International Dive Show in Florida - Nov 15, 2019 - 9:35:56 AM

An impressive contingent from The Islands Of The Bahamas is in attendance at DEMA, considered the world’s only international, trade-only event for diving, action watersports, and travel professionals. The massive trade show is taking place this weekend, November  13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, West Hall, 9800 International Dr, Orlando, FL. The Bahamas Booth is number 2009.  

The Bahamas group, comprised of members of the Bahamas Dive Association (BDA) and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA), is  representing the Bahamas’ lucrative dive business...
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Jeannie Thompson launches new book ‘Bahamian Tapestry’ - Nov 14, 2019 - 5:00:08 PM

Jeannie Thompson began writing plays when she was 8 years old. In the days when Sir Clement Maynard was at the helm of the Ministry of Tourism and there was an urgent need to reform our people’s attitudes toward visitors, Minister Clement Maynard called on the sharp intellect and creativity of Jeannie Thompson, and she delivered two memorable radio soap operas,  “The Fergusons of Farm Road” and “Sam Finley’s Sandcastle” which, were hugely effective in helping to shape what is now today the legendary warm Bahamian hospitality. Other works of Ms. Thompson followed, enriching the repertoire of the Dundas Theatre...
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