The Bahamas is back to business after Hurricane Irma
- Sep 13, 2017 - 9:54:28 PM
The Bahamas is back to business as tourism resumes after mainly cosmetic
clean-up in our major tourism centers, while efforts to rebuild in
those islands of The Bahamas that were hardest hit continue.
of Tuesday, Sept. 12, all airports in The Bahamas are open and both
international and domestic service has resumed. Major hotels in Nassau
have already welcomed newly arrived guests, and cruise ships are
expected to begin calling at ports in The Bahamas today. Recreational
marinas have also reopened after reporting mostly no damage.
While most of The Islands of The Bahamas escaped severe damage,
Pilots from South Africa make their dream a reality of visiting The Bahamas
- Aug 7, 2017 - 10:09:59 PM
PLANTATION, Florida – (August 3, 2017) – Captains Sean Murray and
Colin Gray, pilots from Cape town, South Africa said, that they had
always been fascinated with the beauty of The Bahamas and had dreamed of
flying there. They decided to make their dream a reality and combined
their trip to The Bahamas with the recent EAA Air Venture Conference in
OshKosh, Wisconsin, which climaxed July 31, 2017.
Murray, a flight instructor and operator of a flying squad in South
Africa said that he was “captivated by the beauty of The Bahamas and
began enquiring into flying there”.
In searching the internet
for flying instructors to The Bahamas, he was directed to The Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s (MOT) website, Bahamas.com, where
he was able to get all the necessary information. He then requested
Taste of Port Lucaya event boosts GB Economy
- Aug 4, 2017 - 12:58:56 PM
Residents and visitors on Grand Bahama Island got their first "Taste of
Port Lucaya" in Count Bassie Square at the Port Lucaya Marketplace.
event, which was a collective effort by the Ministry of Tourism &
Aviation, BTC, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the Grand Bahama Island
Promotion Board, and Port Lucaya, among other corporate
sponsors/vendors, was spearheaded by the Office of the Prime Minister
with the aim of boosting the economy of Grand Bahama Island....
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism statement on reorganization & strategic
- Aug 2, 2017 - 3:41:28 PM
The Ministry of Tourism is currently undergoing a reorganization and
strategic planning exercise to rationalize its activities and plans
moving forward. After careful analysis of the budget for fiscal
2017/2018 and review of the organizational structure it is critical that
we implement cost-cutting strategies within the Ministry of Tourism as
in this reorganizational phase, it is imperative that costs are reduced
and efficiencies increased given that seventy-five percent of our budget
is fixed costs with few dollars left for marketing, promotion and
Bahamas Participation at 2017 EAA AirVenture OshKosh
- Aug 2, 2017 - 9:12:43 AM
“ The Bahamas’ exhibit at the 65thAnnual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Fly In and Convention, held July 23-31, 2017 at the Wittman Regional Airport in OshKosh, Wisconsin was incredibly successful”, says Greg Rolle, pilot and Sr. Director, of Sports and Vertical Markets, Ministry of Tourism & Aviation.
According to organizers of EAA, the weeklong event, which included over 500 industry exhibitors, more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts, and in excess of 15,400 airplanes, exceeded all previous years records...
Bahamians in S. Florida celebrate 44th Anniversary of Country's Independence
- Jul 18, 2017 - 2:51:26 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - July 17, 2017 - Bahamians in South Florida,
persons of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas recently gathered
at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Florida for an
Independence Ecumenical Service to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the
Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
speakers at the event, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, The
Bahamas/CARICOM Ambassador-designate, received enthusiastic cheers when
he told those in attendance that, "the greatest asset of The Bahamas is
not sun sand or sea, but WE (the people)."
Bahamas participates in golf tourism convention
- Jul 15, 2017 - 10:35:24 AM
Golf tour operators from around the globe were eager to find out more
about golfing in The Islands of The Bahamas at the 10th IAGTO North
American Golf Tourism Convention (NAC) recently. The NAC attracted
nearly 200 golf tour operators and was held at the Trump National Doral
Miami country club in Miami, Florida.
IAGTO is the global trade
organization for the golf tourism industry, which comprises of 2438
accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses,
receptive operators, airlines, tourist boards, approved media and
business partners in 95 countries including, at its core, 652 specialist
golf tour operators in 62 countries...
Conchservation comes to Grand Bahama Island
- Jul 5, 2017 - 9:28:38 PM
On Thursday, June 29th, the Ministry of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism
and Product Department, in conjunction with the Bahamas National Trust,
hosted the first ever Conch Vendors and Suppliers Workshop at the Rand
The event attracted some 27 vendors from
throughout the island, who sat under the teaching of key influencers and
stakeholders in the fisheries, environmental health and customer
Sustainable Tourism Facilitates Conch Vendors and Suppliers Workshop
- Jun 27, 2017 - 11:33:38 PM
This week representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, along with The
Bahamas National Trust, held a press conference at the Rand Nature
Center to announce a special conch vendor’s workshop to be held on
Thursday, June 29th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Senior Executive for Sustainable Tourism, Jeffrey Pinder, explained that
the workshop is targeted to persons who are harvesting and reselling
the conch, along with those who make various products using conchshell.
Acknowledging that 2017 has been declared as the year of Sustainable
Tourism Development, Pinder said, “The workshop is in keeping with the
sustainable development goals from the United Nations...
77th Annual Convention of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc.
- Jun 27, 2017 - 11:32:26 PM
With songs of praise and hearts of worship, hundreds of delegates
fellowshipped on Grand Bahama Island at the 77th Annual Convention of
the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows
(IAMWMW), June 17th – 22nd, at the Grand Lucayan Resort.
This year marked the annual convention‘s fourth visit to The Bahamas and its first visit to Grand Bahama Island.
of the Bahamas Chapter and Convention Co-Chairperson, Rev. Dr. Sherry
Collie, explained that the convention’s first visit to The Bahamas was
Junkanoo Groups Preparing for Junkanoo Summer Festival
- Jun 22, 2017 - 9:30:49 PM
It’s summer time again and that means Junkanooers throughout the Islands
of The Bahamas are getting ready for a sizzling Junkanoo Summer
The cultural extravaganza will take over Arawak Cay
July 1, 15, 22 and 29. The festival, which runs from 4:00 p.m. to
midnight, will also feature mouthwatering Bahamian dishes from nearly 30
vendors, authentic Bahamian craft and an exciting kiddie corner.
evening focuses on a different aspect of Junkanoo. On July 1, the
spotlight will be on choreography, July 15, groups will be judged on
costumes and on July 22 the overall competition will be held...
Bahamas wins new Business Aviation Award
- Jun 20, 2017 - 11:34:53 PM
The Bahamas was presented the 2016 Caribbean Sapphire Pegasus Business
Aviation Award for Outstanding Country Promotion, the first award of its
kind for the region. The Sapphire Pegasus Award is a symbol of
gratitude for the superb performance in an industry segment where
mediocrity is unacceptable.
The award was introduced to the region during the Caribbean Aviation
Meetup in St. Maarten, June 13-15. “Based on expert advice and the long
record of outstanding performance, we decided that The Bahamas should be
awarded for the excellent promotion of the Caribbean over a longer
period of time in the business aviation industry,” said Antonia
Lukacinova, founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Awards...
7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival
- Jun 20, 2017 - 11:20:07 PM
On Saturday, June 17th, 2017, the community of West End came to life as
the Ministry of Tourism hosted the 7th Annual West End Snapper
Tournament & Festival on Bayshore Road, West End.
The Tournament, which commenced at 7:00am, unleashed excitement among
anglers within the local and historic fishing community who took to the
early morning seas for an eight hour fishing trip, all for the love of
culture and snapper!
With West End being the hardest hit community on Grand Bahama last year
during the passage of hurricane Matthew, Director for the Ministry of
Tourism on Grand Bahama Island, Betty Bethel, said that “I’m very
pleased to see how well the community has cleaned up...
Alpitour flights from Italy return to Grand Bahama
- Jun 16, 2017 - 5:59:34 PM
On Thursday, June 15th,the Alpitour Villaggi Bravo Charter flight
returned to Grand Bahama Island to commence its summer program, after a
successful charter season in 2016.
With a total of 103
passengers on board, the charter, which is the only direct flight from
Milan, Italy to Grand Bahama Island, will allow visitors to experience a
week-long vacation stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort, partner
Cristina Cazzani from the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO),
Italy said that, "The Bahamas Tourist Office in Italy has a long
relationship with travel to Grand Bahama... Since 1992, we have sent
lots of Italians in the summer through our charters. Together with the
Ministry of Tourism and the BTO, Italy, there has been an improved
program for a direct flight from Milan to Freeport..."
Young Bahamian creative writers urged to enter student essay competition
- Jun 14, 2017 - 6:06:23 PM
Deadline to submit is July 3
NASSAU, Bahamas -
The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and The Florida-Caribbean Cruise
Association (FCCA) are looking for the best young creative writers in
the Caribbean and are calling for entries into the 2017 FCCA Foundation
Children’s Essay Contest.
The contest is a prerequisite to The
Bahamas participating in the FCCA regional contest. It is open to all
students on the primary, junior and secondary education level and it has
two divisions of competition: junior and senior...
Bahamas Wins Junior Chef of The Year At Taste of the Caribbean
- Jun 10, 2017 - 3:48:22 AM
The youngest member of the 2017 National Culinary Team Kenria Taylor
stunned the region recently when she won Junior Chef of the Year at the
Taste of the Caribbean 2017 held in Miami, Florida from June 2-6.
The Bahamas National Culinary Team overall scored two gold and several silver medals at the regional culinary showdown...
Grand Bahama to host 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows convention
- Jun 7, 2017 - 10:10:21 AM
On Thursday, June 1st, the Ministry of Tourism's Religious Tourism
Department, along with representatives from the International
Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Inc., held a press
conference to inform the public of the 77th Ministers' Wives and
Ministers' Widows annual convention set to be held on Grand Bahama
The convention, which will take place June 17th- 23rd at
the Grand Lucayan Hotel, will be dedicated to fostering an environment
of teaching, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment...
American Airlines Begins New Nonstop Service from North Carolina to Exuma
- Jun 6, 2017 - 3:28:47 PM
American Airlines has added yet another new flight to The Islands of The
Bahamas with nonstop service from Charlotte, North Carolina to
The inaugural flight, which took place on
Saturday, June 3, touched down at Georgetown’s airport shortly after
10:20 a.m. The new route will expose The Bahamas to new visitors
allowing for greater market penetration. The new service will operate
weekly on Saturdays. The airplane, a Bombardier CRJ-700, has a capacity
of 63 seats, nine in first class and 54 in the main cabin...
Bahamas Represented at Clia’s Cruise360 Conference and Trade Show
- Jun 5, 2017 - 5:44:58 PM
The Islands of The Bahamas was well represented at the Cruise Lines
International Association's Cruise360 2017 Conference and Trade Show,
which recently took place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention
At Cruise360, The Bahamas was able to connect with top-notch travel
agents, cruise line executives and industry representatives during the
week of networking events, educational workshops and trade show
exhibition. Florida-based Director for Cruise & Maritime
Development, Glenda Johnson, seized the opportunity during The Bahamas
workshop to update agents on the new tourism products at the
destination; saying “it’s crucial to educate agents so that they can
better sell to their clients”...
The Bahamas’ Ultimate Ocean Road Trip
- Jun 4, 2017 - 8:43:35 PM
Once again, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is offering boating
enthusiasts the adventure of a lifetime. A convoy of boats, under the
leadership of seasoned mariners, will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida on
June 8, 2017 to kick off the highly anticipated Bahamas Boating Flings.
Boating Flings will begin in June and occur each weekend concurrently
throughout the month of July and climax on July 27-30, 2017. Boaters
will journey across the Gulf Stream and passage through translucent blue
waters to behold the beauty that is The Islands of The Bahamas.