Bahamas Minister of Tourism Receives APEX Award at National Association of Black Hotel Owners
- Jul 22, 2014 - 10:52:14 PM
Miami, Florida - Demonstrating a great love
and passion for his country, Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Obie
Wilchcombe became the newest APEX (APEX symbolizes the level of
excellence) award recipient as the three-day hotel investment came to
close last weekend.
In his acceptance speech, the tourism
minister said being recognized by industry professionals is an added
bonus for a job that he “loves and finds such pleasure in doing.”...
Caribbean Little League Regional Tournament Swing’s Over to Grand Bahama
- Jul 19, 2014 - 8:26:41 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - Little Leaguers from throughout the
region are warming up for one of the most exciting events to hit the Caribbean
baseball circuit, the
2014 Caribbean Little League Regional Baseball Tournament.
After a thirteen year hiatus, the tournament returns Grand Bahama with
ten days of Grand Slam action. Vice President of the Bahamas Baseball Federation,
Mr. Eddie Clarke brought the event to Grand Bahama for a second time to
give The Islands of The Bahamas, the much needed exposure that they truly
With 200 plus Little Leaguers representing eight Caribbean countries
including: Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao,
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; joined by two
Bahamian teams, representing New Providence and Grand Bahama, the teams
will be competing for an opportunity to qualify for the Little League World
Special recognition for Ethel Rice who has visited The Bahamas for 35 years
- Jul 18, 2014 - 12:02:35 PM
Of all the places in the world that Ethel Rice could visit every year, she chooses The Bahamas.
The youthful 80-year-old has been coming to The Bahamas for 35 years only missing one, as she was recovering from surgery.
Thursday, July 17, 2014, Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Tourism presented Mrs. Rice with a basket filled with
Bahamian goodies and a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in recognition of 35 years of visits to The
The presentation was made at the Paradise Island Beach Club...
Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson Golf Challenge set for Grand Bahama in July
- Jul 18, 2014 - 7:22:03 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - The countdown is on for the Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson Golf
Challenge, slated for July 21st- 22nd, 2014 on Grand Bahama Island.
the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand BahamaIsland Tourism Board being a
part of the tournament’s sponsorship team, this sports tourism event is
poised to receive significant attention and support throughout the
Betty Bethel, Directorfor Grand Bahama Island indicated in a
press conference on Wednesday, July 9th that sports tourism is a $600
billion dollar business and the ministry acknowledges its importance as
the vehicle to drive business to the Islands of The Bahamas. A
sponsorship check was presented to Mr. Ambrose Gouthro...
Bahamas to Promote Wild Life Tourism
- Jul 18, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM
In the wake of the
repatriation of 11 rock iguanas to The Bahamas, Environment Minister
Kenred Dorsett said recently that he is hoping that the incident spawns
awareness for wild life tourism.
iguanas returned home this past week on board a British Airways flight
escorted by UK border control officials, doctors and police guard.
animals went through quite an ordeal after two Russian women tried to
smuggle them in socks through Heathrow airport in London on February
3.Officials said the iguana’s final destination was France as they were
set to be sold for $35,000 a piece.
The women -Angla-Alina Bita, and Vitora-Oliva Bucsa, from Romania were later jailed for the crime.
Bahamas Tourism Officials Driving Business in Europe
- Jul 17, 2014 - 11:55:06 PM
officials from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism have been in London for
ten days to drive business to The Bahamas and meet with staff from the
Europe offices. The team included Director General Joy Jibrilu, Deputy
Director General Tommy Thompson, Director of
Airlift Development Tyrone Sawyer and new Director of Europe Anthony
Jibrilu hit the ground running in her new role as The Ministry of
Tourism’s new Director General. Mrs. Jibrilu along with
her senior management team conducted business meetings with tour
operators throughout the UK and Germany over a period of ten days. The
Director General stated that she and her team mean business and they are
serious about driving up numbers from the European
Junkanoo voted best Caribbean festival
- Jul 16, 2014 - 7:57:15 PM
The country’s premier celebration Junkanoo
has beaten all other celebrations in the Caribbean in USA Today’s top
and 10 best listing.
The competition began four weeks, when readers of the news site were asked to vote on the top 10 best celebrations.
beat out celebrations like Trinidad’s Carnival, Cancun’s Riveria Wine
and Food festival; St. Thomas’ Carnival and even Cropover in Barbados to
claim the top spot...
Disney treats Indian family to Bahamas vacation
- Jul 16, 2014 - 10:15:18 AM
A Disney Channel India contest landed a
family of five a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a free trip on
Disney Cruise Lines and the opportunity to explore all the touristic
sites New Providence has to offer.
Seven-year-old Karmanye Kholsa entered the contest back in May.
the family arrived on July 14, they were given the royal treatment. The
family was also filmed for a Disney commercial that will be seen all
around the world.Manav Khosla, Karmanye’s father, said he was thrilled
about the win and being in The Bahamas.
Grand Bahama Goombay Summer Opens
- Jul 15, 2014 - 12:55:41 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Ministry of Tourism officials participate in the official opening of
Goombay Summer in Grand Bahama at Freeport's Taino Beach on Thursday,
July 10, 2014.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism, meets and chats with visiting
tourists at the Goombay festivities on Taino Beach July 10, 2014.
Joy Jibrilu, the new Director
General Ministry of Tourism and Betty Bethel, manager of Freeport along
with her term at the ministry, enjoy the official opening of Goombay
The sounds of Junkanoo brings Bay Street alive
- Jul 13, 2014 - 7:30:53 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - It was all about the
sounds of Junkanoo bringing Bay Street alive during the second week of
the Summer Junkanoo Festival in July this past weekend.
Friday, July 11, B Category Junkanoo Groups and on Saturday, July 12, A
Category Junkanoo Groups had tourists and residents dancing on Bay
Street and debating which group sounded better as this weekend’s
competition focused on the music of Junkanoo. So it was time for the
backlines of the groups that participated to shine...
41 Bahamian Cultural Legends Honoured
- Jul 11, 2014 - 10:14:26 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Forty-one cultural giants were surrounded by government officials,
friends and family recently as they were honoured during an art
exhibition at Pompey Square.The event was part of the 41st independence
anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas.
cultural legends included names synonymous with features of Bahamian
culture like art, music, writers, theatre and of course Junkanoo.
legends that made the list were Alphonzo ‘Blind Blake’ Higgs, Amos
Ferguson, Antonious Roberts, BahaMen, Becky Chipman, Beginning of the
End, Brent Malone, Bernard “Buttercup” Ferguson, Charles Carter,
Cleophas Adderley, Count Bernadino, E. Clement Bethel, Eddie Minnis,
Ezra Hepburn, Freddie Munnings Sr., George...
Month-long Celebrations of Bahamas 41st Independence Anniversary in Florida Announced
- Jul 9, 2014 - 10:48:25 PM
LAUDERDALE. FL - The
Bahamas Consulate Office, Florida, The National Association Of The Bahamas
(NAB), and key influencers within The Bahamian Community of South Florida, have
teamed up to organize month long activities to celebrate the country’s 41st
Anniversary of Independence.
again, the month of activities will be highlighted by NAB’s major fundraiser,
the Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala.
This year’s Ball will take place at the Hilton Omni, Downtown Miami,
July 19th, and feature the
music of The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band.
Vacation Express boosts tourist numbers in Grand Bahama
- Jul 7, 2014 - 5:13:26 PM
Ministry of Tourism officials are reporting
that the partnership between Vacation Express, Grand Bahama Promotion
Board and the Bahamasair is yielding positive results.
partnership, which commenced on May 1 and will last until October 31
2014, is expected to bring thousands of tourists from Birmingham,
Alabama; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Memphis, Tennessee;
Cincinnati, Ohio and increase the average night stay in the nation’s
First weekend of the Junkanoo Summer Festival dubbed a “great success”
- Jul 7, 2014 - 3:22:48 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Director of Events at the Ministry of
Tourism Charity Armbrister has dubbed the first weekend of the Summer
Junkanoo Festival, a “great success” as hundreds turned out to support
The event is taking place every Friday and Saturday during the month of July between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.
Every Friday night B Junkanoo groups perform and Saturday it is the A groups turn...
Bahamas musicians, filmmakers team up for Baha Men video
- Jul 6, 2014 - 12:08:19 PM
Baha Men’s newly released music video features the talents of a Bahamian director and an all-Bahamian video crew.
Lavado Stubbs’ was the creative lead on the music video for Night &
Day, which was released on youtube on July 1. The hit song is part of
the official 2014 FIFA World Cup CD.
Craig Woods, Bahamas Film
Commissioner, said the video is another creative work that demonstrates
what Bahamians have to offer in film production...
Bahamian Jr. Chef Competes In Taste of the Caribbean
- Jul 4, 2014 - 12:34:09 PM
Miami, Florida -
t’s certainly not his first time competing
at the prestigious culinary competition Taste of the Caribbean, but
Junior Chef Dwayne Sinclair has not lost the butterflies that brought
him back for a third year.
Sinclair is no stranger to the culinary scene – especially in The Bahamas.
The 20-year-old Lincoln Culinary graduate has won young chef of The Bahamas for two consecutive years.
American Pilots to Celebrate USA Independence Bahamian Style
- Jul 4, 2014 - 12:00:28 PM
PLANTATION, Florida -
Veteran American pilot, Captain, Mark Steinberg, Chairman of The
Bahamas Ambassador Fly In Program, will lead some fifty four persons on
twenty-four airplanes on a one and one half hour journey into Treasure
Cay, Abaco in The Bahamas from Ft. Myers, Florida, July 2-6, 2014. The
event is a special Fly In program in celebration of the USA Independence
holiday and is being sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Bahamas Beach Barbeque, the Fly In is a collaboration of two nations
celebrating Independence with their families through love, culture and
beauty. (The Bahamas will celebrate its 41stIndependence on July 10,
year’s Fly In event has attracted fifteen new first time pilots to The
Bahamas, who will fly at an altitude of 3,500 to 5,500 feet. Upon
crossing the Gulf stream...
TV series searches for lost loves to rekindle old flames
- Jul 4, 2014 - 8:12:36 AM
A new television series hopes to rekindle old flames around the world, including in The Bahamas.
series will follow people as they seek to get back in touch with former
flames and crushes to seize a second chance at love,” said Jen
Cipperly, who is casting for the project. “We’re looking for guys and
gals who still think about a certain someone but have lost touch and
would like to track them down and reconnect.”
film commissioner Craig Woods said the development company has invited
Bahamians who want to re-connect with lost loves to enlist the help of
their team.“If there is someone in the United States that Bahamians wish
to be reunited with, the show presents that opportunity,” Mr. Woods
Southwest Launches Bahamas Flight
- Jul 3, 2014 - 5:34:17 PM
Baltimore, Maryland: Southwest Airlines
launched its international flight to Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday, July 1
with a Caribbean themed celebration.
Passengers on Southwest’s
first flight to Nassau were treated to a taste of The Bahamas from the
moment they checked in at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood
Marshall Airport (BWI) to the time the inaugural flight took off.
ticket counters were decorated with mini Bahamian flags, beach pails,
and beach balls. The sounds of the Caribbean filled the departure gates
terminal as a steel drum musician played popular Caribbean ballads.
Bahamas seeks to host Taste of the Caribbean
- Jul 3, 2014 - 12:00:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said that he is determined to
attract the prestigious culinary regional competition ‘Taste of the
Caribbean’ to The Bahamas. The competition, which is in its 21st year,
brought thousands of food lovers to Miami, Florida over the weekend.
The Bahamas National Culinary Team is competing in the event over the next several days.
national culinary team consists of chefs Sheldon Tracey Sweeting,
Charon McKenzie, Jamal Small, Richmond Fowler, Dwayne Sinclair,
bartender Marv Cunningham and kitchen artist Indra Solihin.