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Exuma swimming pigs get red carpet treatment at Florida film festival - Mar 4, 2015 - 2:15:06 PM

*AVENTURA, FL -  February 27th marked the grand launch of Bahamian-born, Jarrod Knowles' WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival. The event saw international and American films and music videos as well as a handful of Bahamian films.

For the inaugural launch, he had help from the smash-hit Bahamian documentary, "When Pigs Swim", directed by Bahamian Charlie Smith, when one of the swimming piggies joined them on the red carpet...
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Rum Bahamas Exceeds Expectations - Mar 3, 2015 - 5:30:10 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Over 4,000 people came to this year’s Rum Bahamas Festival held at Fort Charlotte February 27- March 1 – an upward trend officials are hoping will continue for years to come.

Catherine Chisnall Mitchell, director of PR and Marketing of Rum Bahamas said this year’s event had almost 80 vendors, half of which were local micro businesses.

“The rise in both local and international attendance has been encouraging and inspiring and we look forward to continued growth,” she said...

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Balearia’s Newest Vessel ‘Bahama Mama’ Begins Service To Freeport - Mar 3, 2015 - 3:06:11 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – Over 100 special invited guests from throughout the travel and tourism industry recently climbed onboard the luxurious Balearia Bahamas Express’ newest addition “Bahama Mama”, which now sails from South Florida to Grand Bahama year round.

The state-of-the-art, 1,000-passenger capacity vessel had its inauguration ceremony at the Freeport Harbour.

Impressed with the service of the new vessel, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu said, “This brand new ship will cut the time it takes to ferry passengers between us in half signifying a most outstanding performance.
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Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival Returns to Exuma - Mar 3, 2015 - 2:38:20 PM

Domestic Tourism will get a major boost this month as Ministry of Tourism officials are preparing to host the Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival in George Town, Exuma.

The event, which is scheduled for March 12-14, is going on its 11th year.

Its theme this year is “Celebrating The Islands of The Bahamas”...
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Grand Bahama welcomes Balearia’s Bahama Mama Cruise Ferry - Mar 3, 2015 - 10:30:08 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- On Thursday, February 26th, 2015, what can be described as a new era in South Florida cruise ferry transportation began for the neighboring shores of Grand Bahama Island. Over 100 special invited guests from throughout the travel and tourism industry climbed onboard the luxurious, state-of-the-art, 1000 passenger capacity vessel for the official inauguration ceremony of Balearia Bahamas Express’s newest addition, the “Bahama Mama” superfast Alhucemas.

Impressed with the service of the new vessel, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu stated that “This brand new ship will cut the time it takes to ferry passengers between us in half…” signifying “a most outstanding performance...
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Grand Bahama Welcomes New Cruise Ferry ‘Bahama Mama’ - Mar 2, 2015 - 11:58:13 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Freeport Harbour was a buzz of activity as the island welcomed its newest ferry passenger vessel, Balearia's ‘Bahama Mama,’ Thursday.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a cross-section of the Grand Bahama community including Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu, parliamentarians, officials from the Grand Bahama Port Authority and businessmen.

Those travelling on the vessel from Port Everglades agreed...
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Saxons Leader Says Carnival Will Improve Junkanoo - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:58:23 PM

Leader of the Shell Saxons Superstars Percy ‘Vola’ Francis said not only is he excited about Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, he is also hoping the event will be a springboard for other events that will drive tourists to The Bahamas.

“We need something for The Bahamas. We are tired of our visitors coming and saying when they come to The Bahamas there is nothing to do,” he said recently.

“What I would like to see on top of Junkanoo Carnival is that we have four major events per year. We have our Junkanoo parades, which is our yuletide traditional Bahamian festival. In spring, we would have our Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which is designed for this very slow and low period...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Announces Youth Culture Fest - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:10:46 PM

Chairman of the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Paul Major says the future of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is secured now that thousands of the nation’s youth are expected to participate in Youth Culture Fest.

The event, which is scheduled for May 1, will bring together 25 schools and youth community groups in a parade on Arawak Cay.

Each group will have a minimum of 50 school-aged children performing in the parade...
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Grand Bahama Island featured on Canadian TV Morning Show - Feb 26, 2015 - 11:49:17 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort and Casino was the location for several live television interview hosted by Breakfast Television Toronto (Canada’s “Good Morning America” TV Show) this week.
During their stay in Grand Bahama the CityTV Broadcasting network with host Kevin Frankish interviewed Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, as well as Gabriel Varela, General Manager, Memories Grand Bahama Resort & Casino.

Grand Bahama Island is less than a 3-hr direct Sunwing flight from Canadian cities such as Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary...

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Guy Harvey’s 2015 Wahoo Bonfire Festival and Tournament Comes to Old Bahama Bay - Feb 26, 2015 - 11:13:20 PM

WEST END, Grand Bahama Island- Get ready to experience the aquatic magic of the Island’s capital. This weekend, February 26th- March 1st, Guy Harvey Outpost will excite the grounds of picturesque Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbor, a proud member of the Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition portfolio, for a fun filled time of parties and events in celebration of Wahoo season. With twenty-five registered boat entries, and over $30,000 in cash and prizes, the two day Wahoo Bonfire Festival and Tournament will be this weekend’s hot spot.

The action will consist of fast paced, high flying kiteboarding demonstrations and the aerial theatrics of the Island Extreme Ventures skydiving team, climaxing with the Guy Harvey Outpost signature Burning Wahoo Sculpture by artist Bobby Little...
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Bahamas Film Commission plays with big boys at Kidscreen Summit - Feb 26, 2015 - 10:08:23 AM

Kidscreen Summit, known as the most important annual event of the children’s entertainment industry, was no child’s play for the Bahamas Film & Television Commission, which promoted several appropriate programs at the gathering.

Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods and the Commission’s senior manager Donna Mackey used the event in Florida to inform top producers about the benefits of filming in The Bahamas. In addition, the team helped promote Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and the inaugural Widescreen Film & Music Festival (WSF), which is the brainchild of Bahamian filmmaker Jarrod Knowles...
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Canada's 'Breakfast Television' Morning Show Has Live Broadcast in Freeport - Feb 25, 2015 - 5:12:35 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Canada's City TV’s largest morning show, Breakfast Television aired a live broadcast from Freeport on Wednesday from Memories Grand Bahama Resort & Casino.

The broadcast took place as a result of combined efforts of the Ministry of Tourism’s Director of Bahamas Tourist Office in Toronto Paul Strachan, and Sunwing Properties Grand Bahama (Memories).

The show's host, Kevin Frankish, interviewed Director General of Tourism, Joy Jibrulu as well as General Manager at Memories Gabriel Varela...

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Greater Participation in Tourism by the Caribbean, and As One - says Wilchcombe - Feb 20, 2015 - 5:08:48 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe on Friday called for Caribbean nations to get more involved in the tourism trade, and said it’s time for Caribbean nations to look at the region as one – working together they could achieve more.

The Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini was on Friday addressing delegates and participants attending the 4th Inter-American Development Bank Caribbean Governors Regional Meeting at the Grand Lucayan resort. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie had officially opened the conclave on Thursday...
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Bahamas All-Stars to Match Up Against Miami Dolphins Legends - Feb 20, 2015 - 3:50:23 AM

Officials in the Ministry of Tourism are gearing up for the first-ever Dan Marino and Friends Football game where Miami Dolphins Legends will have an exciting match up against the Bahamas All-Star Team, which includes Bahamian dignitaries, the Bahamas Flag Football League and the Commonwealth Football League.

The game will be held at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium on Saturday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free...
International Cruise Industry Job Fair Coming to Grand Bahama - Feb 19, 2015 - 1:24:54 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - A Job Fair will be held for persons interested in a career in the cruise industry, at the Convention Centre, Grand Lucayan, Monday, February 23rd, 2015, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.

David L. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Corporation said the recruitment drive will be undertaken in accordance with an Agreement between Paradise Cruise Line and the Bahamas Government. The new Grand Celebration has committed to employ 300 suitably qualified Bahamians.

Executive Director, National Training Agency, Agatha Marcelle said “successful applicants will undergo required Seafarers training...
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Ahoy There! Rum Bahamas Is Here! - Feb 18, 2015 - 9:31:03 PM

Rum lovers and all pirates at heart looking for a great time with family and friends should make their way to Fort Charlotte for the unique experience of Rum Bahamas.

The event, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, is scheduled for February 27, 28 and March 1.

Head of Public Relations and Marketing for Rum Bahamas Catherine Mitchell says officials have been working to transform the fort into a dynamic location...

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IAAF World Relays, Baha Mar and Junkanoo Carnival, All Good to Go - Feb 17, 2015 - 9:29:24 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas  -
With the summer months quickly approaching, The Islands Of The Bahamas are gearing up for some incredible and immensely authentic events.Like with all things, timing is everything; and if prospective travelers are wary and want to get the most Bahamian bang for their buck, then they should be looking to travel to Nassau from May 1 to May 9.

To kick things off in an invigorating fashion, is the IAAF World Relays to be held in Nassau, Bahamas from May 2nd-3rd. This is The Bahamas 2ndtime hosting this international test of athleticism and endurance. Nowhere else, save The Olympics, will onlookers be able to get a taste of the sheer unbridled sweat and glory involved with the...
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Bahamas Tourism welcomes Silver Airways nonstop Tampa-Marsh Harbour service - Feb 16, 2015 - 6:46:45 PM

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism welcomed the inaugural Silver Airways flight from Tampa to Marsh Harbour, Abaco, on Saturday, February 14. Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu, executives and staff of the Ministry of Tourism, MP for North Abaco Renardo Curry, Administrator Preston Cunningham, and Silver Airways ground staff greeted the visitors upon their arrival in Marsh Harbour. Joining them in the official welcome ceremonies were Tampa International Airport Vice-President of Marketing Christopher Minner and his wife, Mrs. Andie Minner who arrived on the inaugural flight.

Silver Airways now offers twice-weekly nonstop flights between Tampa and Marsh Harbour, on Saturdays and Sundays...

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Bahamians create Valentine messages for guests of The Bahamas - Feb 14, 2015 - 5:12:48 PM

Sun, sand, and sea...The Islands of The Bahamas are known for all of these, but also for the warmth and kindness of its people.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism asked Bahamian locals to submit messages of love and positivity to be then shared with some of the country's guests in the Port of Nassau, New Providence...

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Renowned Bahamian artists announced for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Concert - Feb 13, 2015 - 12:53:18 PM

On Tuesday February 10th, 2015 some of the local Bahamian headline entertainers for the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival were announced. These include: Jay Mitchell, Theophilus Coakley (T. Connection), Obie Pindling (Visage) and Isaiah Taylor (BahaMen).

Scheduled for the Cultural Villages on stages in Freeport, April 17-18th in Freeport, Grand Bahama and May 7-9th in Nassau, the top 19 semi-finalists of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition will be featured. The top 10 finalists, will share the stage with a Grammy-Award winning artist and gain international exposure through their music on May 8th, 2015....
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