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Bahamas hosts NACTA reception to share 2015 tourism achievements and news - May 24, 2015 - 3:05:19 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – NACTA (National Association of Career Travel Agents) Presidents and Chapter Directors were hosted to an informational reception by Sandals and The Islands Of The Bahamas at Sandals Royal Bahamian, with opening remarks by Director General of Tourism, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu. Attendees were provided an informal and welcoming platform to network and find out the latest news and achievements in tourism and travel that The Islands Of The Bahamas have achieved thus far in 2015 as well as future projects.

The evening was incredibly important to increase visibility and further cement the relationship with US inbound tourism market for The Islands Of The Bahamas as NACTA, a wholly owned company of ASTA, is the largest association of independent and home based travel entrepreneurs and agents.
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Bahamas Tourism Helps Commemorate Battle Of Nassau - May 22, 2015 - 11:00:22 AM

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Over 50 members of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) were in New Providence this week to commemorate the Battle of Nassau – a pivotal moment in both Bahamian and American history.

The Battle of Nassau took place on March 3-4, 1776 at Fort Montagu.

At the time, over 200 Americans invaded Nassau to obtain gunpowder and other supplies needed to combat Great Britain for independence.
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Bahamas Gets Top Marks For Diving - May 22, 2015 - 2:59:36 AM

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Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Reader Rated Survey has awarded The Bahamas in nine categories for best diving.

It’s not new for The Bahamas to be recognized for diving as the country has made the list over the last two decades.

According to the magazine, The Bahamas is the number one diving destination for encounters with big animals...
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North Eleuthera and Abaco Get New Air Service - May 21, 2015 - 4:01:18 PM

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A new air service began in Abaco and North Eleuthera this month to supply the large demand for travel from those islands to the United States.

Wildcat Touring, LLC began its service on May 1, 2015.

The company, operated by Meregrass Inc., is an FAA certified air carrier operating under Part 135 and a DOT 380 certificate...

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Tourism People-to-People Volunteer Drive set for May 28 in Grand Bahama - May 21, 2015 - 3:36:27 PM

The Ministry of Tourism’s People-to-People Department is taking hospitality to another level.

In an effort to grow its hospitality reach and improve visitors’ experience, the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island is holding a volunteer drive and reception on Thursday, May 28th at Junkanoo Beach Club, Taino Beach from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

The People-to-People program gives Bahamians the opportunity to be ambassadors and most importantly, hospitable hosts to visitors seeking an authentic Bahamian experience.

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The Island House Brings New Offering to New Providence - May 19, 2015 - 10:13:26 AM

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There’s a new hotel on the block in New Providence and it’s already getting lots of local and international attention.

Just over a month ago, the multi-million dollar boutique hotel The Island House opened in southwest New Providence just a stone’s throw away from the luxury Albany Resort.

The Island House is a luxurious extension of Mahogany House- a popular restaurant among locals and international visitors...
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18th All Andros Crab Fest to be held June 13-14 - May 14, 2015 - 11:46:39 PM

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Bahamian cultural competitions, entertainment and all the crab you can eat will be at the 18th All Andros Crab Fest at Festival Site, Fresh Creek Central Andros on June 13-June 14.

The festival, which began in 1997, is much anticipated for both locals and visitors as hundreds of crabs are cooked in over 100 ways for those looking to satisfy their crab cravings.

The event celebrates Andros as the “crab-catching” capital of The Bahamas during the peak of crab season.

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Several Bahamas' government websites hacked by Tunisian Islamist activist group - May 14, 2015 - 5:36:23 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Further to the announcement by Bahamas Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie from the floor of the House on Wednesday that the official website of the Ministry of Tourism had been hacked, the Ministry of Tourism wishes to update the public on the facts surrounding the incident and the immediate steps taken by the government to mitigate further national security breaches.

The Bahamas government can confirm that several government-owned websites including the Ministry of Tourism websites, www.bahamas.com and www.bahamasfilm.com, were hacked on Wednesday morning apparently by members of a Tunisian Islamist activist group called the “Fallaga Team.”

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Cinemax HBO Latin America films Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 12, 2015 - 4:43:27 PM

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival continues to get a lot of media attention, especially from Cinemax HBO Latin America.

The company filmed a short documentary on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and interviewed Joy Jibrilu, director general of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Cinemax HBO Latin America provides unique and recognized HBO content with the best movies and series from major Hollywood studios...

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Thousands Attend Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s Nassau Opening - May 9, 2015 - 6:05:15 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The opening night of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in New Providence was a colorful display of Bahamian art, music and dance as thousands gathered at Arawak Cay to participate in the inaugural celebrations.

Officials estimate over 15,000 Bahamians and tourists came to event, which began May 7.

Prime Minister Perry Christie officially opened the event along with his wife Bernadette, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson...
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Optimism for Grand Bahama Summer Program - May 7, 2015 - 4:51:19 PM

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - Coming off a favourable first quarter for 2015 and perhaps the best hotel occupancy in 11 years, the Grand Bahama Island tourism sector anticipates continued growth in the number of visitor arrivals over the second quarter as well. Resort operators are now focused on anticipated inflows from eight USA gateways, commencing May 21st and continuing through October 26th, 2015.

Tourism partners are reportedly delighted that second annual Summer Program promoted under the umbrella of United States Tour Operator Vacation Express is projecting very strong advance bookings for Grand Bahama’s All-inclusive and EP resorts...
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Bahamas IAAF BTC World Relays 2015 Creates Model For Future Sporting Events - May 7, 2015 - 2:06:24 PM

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The sweet sounds of Junkanoo, Bahamian music, culture and entertainment were on full display May 2-3 at the Bahamas IAAF BTC World Relays 2015 and visitors are still singing praises over the successful event.

While the event at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in New Providence was certainly exciting for all locals and tourists with the USA setting two world records, the Market Place on the stadium grounds was also live with action.

There, Bahamian treats like conch fritters and drinks could be purchased.

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IAAF Athletes Enjoy Time in The Bahamas - May 3, 2015 - 2:25:32 PM

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Even the fastest man in the world can’t resist the beauty and charms of The Bahamas.

World record holder Usain Bolt said recently that he was excited to be in The Bahamas for the BTC IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2015.

Noting that he was there to relax and then compete, Bolt says he loves the energy of The Bahamas.

“It is the energy. The best thing about coming to different places is to come to hear the energy from the crowd. The people are really wonderful and they always show me a lot of love and that’s my favorite part of it,” Bolt said...

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Bahamas Gets $100K Grant Towards Climate Change Programmes - Apr 30, 2015 - 3:55:56 PM

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If The Bahamas’ sea level raises a mere several feet as scientists predict, the country could experience more ferocious hurricanes and floods.

To assist with ways to build resilience against this bleak possibility, the Inter-American Development Bank Multi-Lateral Investment Fund (IDB- MIF) and CARIBSAVE have given The Bahamas a grant of $100,000.

It’s part of the Climate Change, Coastal Community Enterprises: Adaption, Resilience and Knowledge (C-ARK) project that has a total budget of $2.5 million...

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Owyn Ferguson is the New Bahamas Junior Minister of Tourism - Apr 24, 2015 - 6:24:31 AM

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After beating out 14 youth tourism ambassadors from around The Bahamas, Owyn Ferguson of St. Anne’s School has been named the new junior minister of tourism.

Ferguson like other senior students participated in the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition held at Superclub Breezes recently.

Finishing second was Latess Bartlett of Mary Star the Sea Catholic School in Grand Bahama and third place went to Michel Anderson of Acklins Central High School, Acklins...

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Tourism People-to-People Volunteer Drive set for Apr 28 in Grand Bahama - Apr 24, 2015 - 3:21:18 AM

TAINO BEACH, Grand Bahama Island  - The Ministry of Tourism’s People-to-People Department is taking hospitality to another level.

In an effort to grow its hospitality reach and improve visitors’ experience, the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island is holding a volunteer drive and reception on Tuesday, April 28th at Junkanoo Beach Club, Taino Beach from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
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Bahamas Government thanks the Bahamian people on Grand Bahama Carnival - Apr 19, 2015 - 8:22:35 PM


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The following is a statement by the Bahamas Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe:

I join the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and colleague ministers in expressing our profound thanks to the Bahamian people for their leap of faith and unshakable belief in themselves and their ability to execute a world class show and perform on a world stage before a global audience.

Bahamians and residents of Grand Bahama and elsewhere came out in great numbers over the weekend in support of the country’s inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. The government is especially please...
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Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Set for Grand Bahama - Apr 17, 2015 - 9:49:46 AM

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PORT LUCAYA, Grand Bahama Island –  The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament series will be heading to The Bahamas for its second annual Battle in The Bahamas.  This two-day kayak fishing tournament, scheduled to take place April 23rd-26th, 2015 will lure in anglers and their families from all over the world.   Grand Bahama Island will play host to this group of skilled and courageous fishermen as they battle each other and Mother Nature for a chance to win over $30,000.00 USD in cash and prizes with a 1st place prize of $10,000.00 USD.  

The tournament will help raise money for Grand Bahama Children’s Home and will offer free entertainment, food, drinks and lots of fun ...
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Ministry of Tourism Opens the International Door for Bahamian Artists Through Co-Branding - Apr 16, 2015 - 3:46:16 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Top-notch local performances at international standards, promoting cultural exchange, is the goal of the Ministry of Tourism to boost the Bahamian economy. Dwight Armbrister, director of Religious Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, said that co-branding in Religious Tourism music concerts, as was done for the recent Easter Gospel Fest – with local and international artists sharing the stage -- leads to benefits for local artists, visiting artists, and the Bahamian economy.

Mr. Armbrister explained that the Religious Tourism department focuses on groups coming into the country for faith-based initiatives – whether conferences, retreats or music fests -- and provides facilities for them to have a great experience...
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New Junior Minister of Tourism To Be Named This Week - Apr 14, 2015 - 3:39:44 PM

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By the end of this week, a new junior minister of tourism will be named and will take on the mammoth task of bridging the gap between the government and the youth in the country’s number one industry.

Fifteen finalists from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, Exuma, Long Island, Bimini, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Berry Islands, Inagua, Mayaguana, San Salvador, Acklins and Crooked Island are scheduled to compete for the prestigious position.

The competition will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. at Superclub Breezes Resort, Cable Beach.

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