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Bahamas Bridal Event set for Washington, DC, May 1st - Apr 28, 2016 - 9:57:23 AM

PLANTATION, Florida  – The US nation’s capital is the selected venue for the latest Signature Bridal Event sponsored by the Islands of The Bahamas.  The exclusive romance circuit event for newly engaged couples, honeymooners and lovers will take place from 1-4 pm on May 1st at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, located at 2500 Calvert Street, Washington, DC.

The Bahamas made up of 700 islands and cays and known the world over for its breathtaking beauty, pristine crystal clear waters, diverse and unique culture and charming romance, was named the “Leading Wedding Destination in The World” by the World Travel Awards, which was staged in Morocco in December 2015...
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Bahamas Continues to Shine as Best Destination for Diving with Big Animals - Apr 26, 2016 - 1:47:34 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - For the 23rd consecutive year the Bahamas has been named the world’s best destination for diving with mammoth marine mammals, in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The world’s most experienced dive travelers on the planet voted overwhelmingly for the destination that offered the most bite and the most unique experience for its big animal adventures category.

Chosen for the up-close and personal experiences that divers have experienced with hammerheads sharks, dolphins and other marine life...
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Grand Bahama Air Show a Flying Success - Apr 25, 2016 - 1:06:50 PM


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NASSAU, Bahamas - Adults and children were treated to an unforgettable air show hosted by the Ministry of Tourism on recently at Taino Beach, Grand Bahama.

The air show, a special element of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was introduced to create more activities to The Bahamas for tourists.

“A few years ago, I was asked to put in place an air show to bring excitement back in The Bahamas in terms of bringing more activities here,” said Chief Pilot and Aviation Specialist for the Ministry of Tourism, Greg Rolle...
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Club Med Columbus Isle better than ever after restoration - Apr 25, 2016 - 12:38:15 AM

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COCKBURN TOWN, San Salvador — Club Med Columbus Isle resort is tucked away in Cockburn Town, San Salvador surrounded by cerulean waters, sandy beaches and blue skies.

Like many properties on the island it was extensively damaged during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin last October.

Today it stands bigger and better than before, a symbol of the resilience of the island and its people...
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Carnival heads to Grand Bahama - Apr 14, 2016 - 9:47:11 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas — Who’s ready to hit the road for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival?

It’s time to lace up your boots and head to Grand Bahama this weekend because that’s where it’s all getting started.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival officially kicks off in Freeport this Friday, April 15 at Taino Beach.

The Bahamas National Festival Commission has contracted seven top Bahamian musicians for Grand Bahama...
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Bahamas Brand Shines in Florida - Apr 13, 2016 - 10:33:19 PM

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LAKELAND, Florida –  It is estimated that some two hundred and twenty five thousand aviation enthusiasts attended the 42nd Annual Sun n Fun International Fly In and Expo held, April 5-10, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida this past week where The Islands of The Bahamas were prominently featured.

The Sun n Fun International Fly In and Expo which is the largest convention in Florida and the second largest aviation show in the world, displayed more than ten thousand aircrafts ranging from light sport home built to War birds and held daily and evening airshows featuring the Islands of The Bahamas...
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Travel Agents Star at Bahamas Affairs in South California - Apr 11, 2016 - 10:35:59 AM

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Anaheim, CA - Travel agents from across South California recently, starred on the red carpet, and took 'selfies' galore as they waited to go into the "Bahamas Affair." The event in Burbank and Anaheim, announced to all that The Bahamas is back in California.

At the Southern California travel agent events, The Bahamas embraced Hollywood style and featured, a red carpet with a step and repeat Bahamas Banner; a 3D Presentation; a live television style talk show, "The SCOOP", and musical entertainment of The Bahamas' own upcoming pop sensation, Angelique Sabrina...
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Bahamian NCAA Basketball star, Buddy Hield embraces role as Tourism Ambassador - Apr 6, 2016 - 8:21:15 PM

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HOUSTON, TX, US -  It may not have been the game that NCAA basketball star Chavano “Buddy” Hield wanted to give his Bahamian fans Saturday night, but his performance at the Final Four still brought lots of pride and attention to his homeland.

Despite the devastating loss to Villanova at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Hield is optimistic about the future. The Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama native managed a slight smile while talking about his support system in The Bahamas.
“I’m glad that Bahamians got to watch me play in the Final Four. I appreciate everybody back home. I’ve been getting a lot of shout outs...
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Buddy Hield makes The Bahamas a household name - Apr 5, 2016 - 11:57:49 PM

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Houston, TX - It may not have been the game that NCAA basketball star Chavano “Buddy” Hield wanted to give his Bahamian fans Saturday night, but his performance at the Final Four still brought lots of pride and attention to his homeland.

Despite the devastating loss to Villanova at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Hield is optimistic about the future. The Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama native managed a slight smile while talking about his support system in The Bahamas...
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Tax-free shopping service successfully adopted in The Bahamas - Apr 5, 2016 - 11:22:16 PM

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ELYSINS, SWITZERLAND-- After the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) to The Bahamas in 2015, the island country has successfully introduced a modern Tax Free Shopping scheme for visiting tourists, with over 60 percent of eligible Bahamian merchants signing up since the August 2015 launch.

The system was launched by the world’s leading Tax Free Shopping provider, Global Blue, in partnership with the Bahamian VAT and Customs Departments.

Global Blue’s system introduces a standardized electronic platform to the tax refund process, meaning that retailers can sell a wide range...
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Bahamas Tourism Officials Visit Houston to Cheer On "Buddy Hield" - Apr 4, 2016 - 1:37:21 PM

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HOUSTON, Texas -- Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchombe, centre right, and tourism officials were in Houston, Texas, over the weekend, cheering on Bahamian basketball star “Buddy” Hield.  Pictured at a photo op during the Houston visit are, from left: Bahamas Honorary Consul to Houston, Texas, and the US Southwest Region Lynden B. Rose; President of Middle Tennessee State University Dr. Sidney A. McPhee; President of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mark Emmert; Minister Wilchcombe; Ministry of Tourism Senior Director Sports/Sales Greg Rolle; and Ministry of Tourism Director of Sustainable Development Earlston McPhee...
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Lots of Fun at Pelican Point Coconut Festival in Grand Bahama - Apr 1, 2016 - 5:17:11 PM

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PELICAN POINT, Grand Bahama -- For the past 18 years, every Easter Monday holiday residents and visitors have looked forward to attending the Annual Coconut festival in Pelican Point, Grand Bahama, and this year was no exception.

Hundreds of residents and visitors travelled to Pelican Point on Monday, March 28, to enjoy the best in coconut-based cuisine along with arts and craft...
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Praises For Ministry of Tourism’s Easter Gospel Fest - Apr 1, 2016 - 11:58:21 AM

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A celebration of thanksgiving was held at Clifford Park on March 28 as the Ministry of Tourism hosted its third annual Easter Gospel Festival.

The event drew hundreds of Bahamians as an all-Bahamian gospel line-up graced the stage and excited the crowd.

The event is the brainchild of Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe...
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Islands of The Bahamas 16 Weddings Promotion Hits West Coast Canada - Mar 30, 2016 - 12:21:58 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) delegates continued a media tour in Canada to share information about the “16 Weddings Invitation” promotion that will enable 16 lucky Canadian couples to have their dream wedding in The Bahamas on November 16, 2016 at 16:00 hours. The weddings will take place simultaneously at 16 different Bahamian locations on 14 of the country’s many islands.

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism representatives, Paul Strachan, Senior Director of Bahamas Tourist Office Canada and Anita Johnson-Patty, General Manager of Communications recently met with key media in Vancouver and Calgary Canada to update them on the 16 Weddings Invitation...
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Islands of The Bahamas Partners with Black Enterprises’ Women of Power Summit - Mar 27, 2016 - 10:48:31 PM

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Over 1000 of the most influential African American business women from across the USA gathered at the Hilton Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL for four days of networking and professional empowerment at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit (BEWOP). Featured speakers included Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET; Legacy Awards recipient Vanessa Williams; Pam El, Chief Marketing Officer of the NBA, Dawn Hudson, Chief Marketing Officer of the NFL, Bishop Minister Vashti Mckenzie and Donald Arnold , CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines.

As part of the Ministry of Tourism’s mandates to expand The Bahamas’ reach to the African American travel consumer, the Bahamas partnered with Black Enterprise as a corporate sponsor. Deputy Consul General of The Bahamas, Ms. Sandra Carey...
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Bahamas Tourism showcases in Texas - Mar 26, 2016 - 11:07:12 AM

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Houston, TX - Travel Agents, clapped, shimmied, twisted and joined the congo line in Houston TX, as they enjoyed the singing and the pulsating sounds of Carnival entertainment at a, "Bahamas Affair," sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, at the Sheraton Houston, TX, Wednesday night, March 23rd.

The agents were also educated on all of the latest updates and new developments on the Islands Of The Bahamas in a talk show format, "The SCOOP".  Another highlight of the night was a delightful three-course meal followed by prizes galore.  The main prize of the night was the Grand Prize that featured a three-day/two night hotel stay; airline tickets for two...
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18th Annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival: March 28th - Mar 24, 2016 - 4:35:10 PM

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This Easter Monday, March 28th, 2016, all roads will lead to East Grand Bahama for the 18th Annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival.

The signature holiday event will feature a grand showcase of authentic Bahamian crafts, entertainment and typical Grand Bahamian eats and drinks, as everything coconut is celebrated.

Coconut Festival is held annually on Easter Monday, when family, friends, and guests descend upon the small seaside village to a feast of coconut dishes such as coconut jimmy, coconut shrimp, barbecue ribs with coconut sauce...
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Bahamas 16 Weddings promotion hits west coast Canada - Mar 23, 2016 - 11:11:01 PM

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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism delegates, Paul Strachan, Director, Bahamas Tourist Office, Canada; and Anita Johnson-Patty, General Manager, Communications for Canada were in Vancouver, BC on March 22nd to kick-start a media tour to share information on the Bahamas 16 Weddings promotion, where 16 lucky Canadian couples will win a $10,000 wedding package and tie-the-knot on one of 16 islands in The Bahamas on November 16, 2016.

The following are remarks given by Paul Strachan  to update those in attendance on the promotion and to provide an update on recent accommodation openings, refurbishments, etc. in the destination...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival promoted in the U.S. - Mar 22, 2016 - 5:15:54 PM

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Philadelphia PA – Interest in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is mounting as Ministry of Tourism officials headed to several cities throughout the US to promote the upcoming festival and The Islands of The Bahamas.

Over the past several weeks officials have been feverishly working in Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles among others.

Their latest stop was the Philadelphia Travel Adventure Show on March 19-20, where hundreds of potential visitors came to plan their next vacation...
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Junkanoo Carnival teams up with national regatta committee - Mar 22, 2016 - 11:30:31 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) is teaming up with the Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Championship Regatta to host a party in the backyard for the inaugural event. Previously, the junior championship regatta was held during the same time as the National Family Island Regatta in April. Now, the junior event has a dedicated weekend.

“The Committee felt for a very long time that the national regatta overshadowed the junior regatta. It took the decision to hold the junior regatta as a separate event from the main regatta. So this year for the first time the event will be held over the Easter weekend (March 26th & 27th) with teams from several Family Islands, including New Providence, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Long Island and Exuma, competing with native sloops and Sunfish boats,” said Danny Strachan...
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