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MOTA conducts Special Fly Out to Grand Bahama for FBO’s, Flying Ambassadors and Aviation Media - Aug 24, 2019 - 8:00:53 AM

The Vertical Department team of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) recently led a group of forty persons comprising private pilots, flying ambassadors, fixed based operators  (FB0) and aviation media professionals to Freeport, Grand Bahama, for a familiarization trip of the destination. 

The group, made up of representatives from Florida Aero Club, Stuart Jet Center, ATA Flight School, Jetscape, Aerospace, Banyan Air Service, Atlantic Aviation and Women in Aviation, departed from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, on August 15 and returned on August 18, 2019.  Media representatives from Aviation International News and 121fiveonline flew commercially...
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Florida’s Hot 105 Radio Live Remote Broadcast from Freeport Highlights Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Fest - Aug 14, 2019 - 10:18:28 AM

The Islands Of The Bahamas recently partnered with the Wiggins Agency in South Florida to host a live remote broadcast from Freeport, Grand Bahama with S Florida’s Hot 105 FM’S on air personality, James T. Also partnering in the promotion was Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of The Bahamas, who recently increased its air loads to Grand Bahama including jet service from Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The remote promoted summertime fun in Freeport including the Annual Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival.

The broadcast back to S. Florida radio listeners, took place Saturday from the Pavilion of Freeport’s Grand Lucayan Resort Lighthouse Point.  The lineup of on-air guests included a cross section of Grand Bahama Island tourism stakeholders...
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Veteran Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Executive receives Coveted Apex Award in Hospitality and Tourism - Aug 12, 2019 - 12:02:41 PM

Linville Johnson, a Sr. Executive of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) has joined a privileged list. The group includes Tourism Ministers, Governors, CEO’s and Presidents of major national organizations and associations who are all among past recipients of the coveted Apex Award, presented annually by Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine.

Johnson, currently responsible for BMOTA’s Multi-Cultural Market development, was one of the recipients of the Award at the recent Annual gala culminating the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD)...
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Junkanoo Summer Festival resumes this Saturday ends on August 17 - Aug 8, 2019 - 9:46:29 AM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is proud to resume Junkanoo Summer Festival this Saturday at Arawak Cay.

The event that culminates all aspects of Bahamian culture is the ministry’s most anticipated signature event of the season and is a delight for both locals and visitors.

Patrons of the event enjoy mouthwatering Bahamian dishes from 21 vendors, marvel at authentic Bahamian arts and craft...
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Good News From The Bahamas - Jul 31, 2019 - 4:00:36 PM

With exciting new openings and events, the month of June set The Islands Of The Bahamas up for an exciting summer. From the announcement of NBC’s The Voice coming to Baha Mar for a new summer concert series to the opening of the world’s first land-based coral farm, these new activities are sure to draw in tourists. Andros’ Small Hope Bay Lodge, Harbour Island’s Valentines Resort & Marina and the Nassau Airport Development Company...
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MOTA Partners With Cvent To Grow Group Bookings - Jul 29, 2019 - 1:15:33 PM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) has hit a homerun through a partnership with Cvent – a leading meeting, events, and hospitality management technology company.

In just a year of the partnership, The Islands Of The Bahamas has seen group bookings for meetings increase by nine percent...
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Bahamas Fully Represented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Show - Jul 26, 2019 - 10:30:01 AM

The aviation team of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) is out in full force at the 2019 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh Show, taking place July 21-28, 2019 in Wisconsin. The team led by Captain Greg Rolle, Senior Director, Sports and Vertical Markets, MOTA and Frederick Donathan, Aviation Consultant, MOTA is comprised of representatives from MOTA, Royal Bahamas Police Force (aviation arm) and Bahamas Customs Department.

Now in its 50th year, the EAA AirVenture Show is the largest aviation show in the world, and each year attracts in excess of 500,000 pilots...
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Bahamas Goombay Summer In Freeport a hit with Florida & Georgia Travel Agents - Jul 24, 2019 - 3:20:26 PM

Authentic Bahamian cultural activities, including the Goombay Summer Festival, were a big hit for a recent group of Florida and Georgia travel agents who visited Freeport, Grand Bahama for a familiarization trip.

The group included about 40 travel agents from the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Atlanta areas, all of whom had been exposed to The Bahamas product through seminars or presentations during the year... 
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Goombay Summer Festival 2019 Brings The Sizzle To Summer - Jul 16, 2019 - 4:30:54 PM

Residents and visitors to Harbour Island got an opportunity to celebrate all things  Bahamian at the Ministry of Tourism’s annual Goombay Summer Festival on Friday July 5th-7th 2019.

Working in collaboration with industry partners in Long Island to extend the itinerary of festivities beginning with the  American Independence celebrations, Ministry of Tourism representatives capitalized on a major opportunity to showcase Bahamian music, food and culture all uniquely packaged to show what Harbour Island has to offer...
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Bahamas and Canada Ink Air Service Agreement - Jul 16, 2019 - 10:02:04 AM

The Bahamas and Canada inked an historic bilateral Air Transport agreement recently to encourage more Canadian aviation companies to flock to the destination.

According to Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, the agreement also allows Bahamian aviation companies to take advantage of economic opportunities in Canada.

“This agreement solidifies our relationship with Canada as it relates to aviation. And so, this agreement sets out the steps by which aviation companies...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and Air Canada Host Fam Trip for Top Chinese Travel Agents - Jul 4, 2019 - 12:00:55 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation partnered with Air Canada, Atlantis Paradise Island, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and Grand Isle Resort to host senior level managers from twelve leading Chinese travel agencies to a familiarization visit to The Islands Of The Bahamas.

The objective of the fam trip was for these agents to gain a comprehensive overview and understanding of the destination, and to connect with local industry suppliers so that they could create customized travel itineraries for their clients visiting from China...
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Closing Conclave for Latest Cohort of Local Government Junior Councilors - Jul 3, 2019 - 7:46:32 PM

The Ministry of Transport and Local Government held a 2018/2019 Junior Council Programme Closing Ceremony at SuperClubs Breezes, July 2, 2019.  The Junior Councilors of the programme represented 15 local government districts and 19 schools throughout The Bahamas. Over the past year, the students participated in a variety of community activities on their respective islands including beach clean-up -- adoption and restoration of beaches that house marine ecosystems -- donating food and care packages to underprivileged persons...
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Global Beauty and Fitness Brands brings Fitness Competition to the Bahamas - Jul 1, 2019 - 3:00:52 PM

300 contestants from the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia will converge in the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Convention Centre, for the WBFF Worlds Bahamas, which will be the culmination of a series of regional and national competitions held around the world within the past several months. WBFF World Bahamas is set to be the super bowl of fitness..
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BMOTA Official Statement on Shark Attack - Jun 26, 2019 - 9:11:17 PM

The Ministry of Tourism, on behalf of the Government and the people of The Bahamas expresses its condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victim of Wednesday’s shark attack off Rose Island, near New Providence.

Details are still being gathered and confirmed, but preliminary reports indicate that the female visitor was snorkeling near Rose Island around 2:00 p.m. ET when the incident occurred...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on Princess Cays accident - Jun 24, 2019 - 6:30:57 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is saddened to learn of a traffic accident involving cruise passengers exploring Eleuthera today. Our prayers for rapid and full recovery are with those injured in this accident and with their families. 

We await further information from health and investigating authorities regarding the details of this incident...
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Bahamas DG leads delegation at CTO NYC 2019 - Jun 18, 2019 - 2:40:22 PM

Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Joy Jibrilu, led the Bahamas contingent at the recent Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Week 2019, in New York City.

The Bahamas team under the leadership of the Director General included the local staff of the Bahamas Tourist Office, New York as well as a Bahamian culinary team that represented The Bahamas in CTO’s Annual Rum and Rhythm Festival...
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Hundreds of Agents visit Freeport Bahamas as part of Large Cruise Fam - Jun 12, 2019 - 11:00:38 AM

A group of over 200 travel agents converged on Freeport, Grand Bahama over the weekend as part of what The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line  (BPCL) dubbed “The Worlds’s largest Seminar at Sea and Fam.”

The travel agent take-over on the Island was jointly sponsored and hosted by BPCL  and the Sales Team of The Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Florida, who were joined on the Island by the local stakeholders including The Bahamas Tourist Office, Grand Bahama and various Hotels and Resorts...
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Bahamas ' Summertime In Freeport' updates continue in Atlanta - Jun 6, 2019 - 11:30:56 AM

“An unqualified success,” was how attendees to the ‘Summertime in Freeport’ presentation described the gala event hosted by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s (BMOTA) Atlanta Sales Team.

The dynamic preview of summertime fun and excitement in Freeport, Grand Bahama drew Bahamas Specialist travel agents, Atlanta influencers and media to the stylish Buckhead Club overlooking the Atlanta skyline... 
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Promotes Summertime in Freeport - May 31, 2019 - 4:05:39 PM

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) officials are working feverishly to promote “Summertime In Freeport” – a campaign aimed at boosting arrivals on the island.

Over the past several weeks, officials hosted a number of Bahamas Night events to educate travel agents and other stakeholders on the summertime events and myriad of activities available in Freeport...
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The Bahamas Tourist Office and Delta Vacations join forces to promote The Islands Of The Bahamas in Raleigh, North Carolina - May 30, 2019 - 12:06:52 PM
Representatives from Delta Vacations and  the Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta along with leading industry executives from Baha Mar, Sandals, and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board recently delivered a series of dynamic presentations that took top Delta Vacations travel agent producers on a whirlwind trip to The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Spearheading the efforts on behalf of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA), Garbrielle Archer, Area Manager of the Bahamas Tourist office, Atlanta, worked with her team to update the 35 top Delta Vacations Travel Agents on What’s New in The Islands Of The Bahamas (TIOTB)...
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