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Bahamian Filmmaker Makes Splash In Canada - Sep 19, 2014 - 7:29:05 AM

TORONTO, Canada  - Bahamian film director and producer Kareem Mortimer recently held a reception in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and under the patronage of His Excellency the High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Canada, Dr. Calsey Johnson. The event was a celebration of Bahamian culture highlighting the many important contributions made by the Bahamas on the International Film Festival circuit.

The invitation-only private reception was held in swanky Yorkville, in mid-town Toronto, a networking and social hotspot during TIFF, when major motion film industry directors, producers and executives, as well as top-billing actors are in town to showcase the best in the industry. Produced by David Vallee, a reality television personality, attendees also included supporters of Bahamian film-making, executives from the Bahamas Tourist Office in Canada...

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An International Coastal Cleanup Wave on Grand Bahama - Sep 18, 2014 - 3:56:16 PM

Grand Bahama Island – This Saturday, September 20th, 2014, environmentally-minded advocates, from non-profits to private companies, across Grand Bahama Island will partner with the Ministry of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism Unit to assist in solving the ever-looming problem of coastal pollution through the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), one of the world’s largest volunteer efforts to help protect the ocean and wildlife. The ICC, which the Islands of The Bahamas have participated in over 25 years, is a key part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash-Free Seas initiative, and focuses not only on collecting trash from the coastline, but recording what is collected to identify the source of the trash.

During last year’s ICC, volunteers from around the world collected more than 12 million pounds of trash. The impact and potential threats of trash in and around our oceans require serious attention...
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Bahamas in mix at TIFF, hemisphere’s largest film festival - Sep 18, 2014 - 12:07:57 AM

The Bahamas Film and Television Commission joined forces with the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), Film Florida and other partners to promote The Bahamas’ outstanding film locations at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the largest film festival in the Americas.

MIFF and Florida film commissioners held an industry event at SoHo House just blocks away from TIFF’s Entertainment District headquarters in the first week of the festival. More than 100 film buyers, distributors, filmmakers, and media representatives attended the event.

“The gathering was another opportunity to remind people working in the industry that The Bahamas has several islands that would give a spectacular look to a film,” said Clarence Rolle, general manager of the Bahamas Film Commission, who attended the mixer...
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Taste Our Bahamas To Provide Economic Opportunities - Sep 17, 2014 - 7:24:05 PM

Ministry of Tourism officials have announced that next month’s Culinary Month and Taste Our Bahamas Festival will bring several economic opportunities for Bahamians.

On Tuesday, September 16, Culinary Tourism Month was officially launched during a press conference at Pompey Square.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Harrison Thompson said the month-long activities would display The Bahamas’ culinary treasures and culture.“These activities are expected to provide an economic boost to Bahamian businesses and individuals as they attract people who want to take part in the activities planned around culinary tourism month,” he said...

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Bahamas Praised For HBCUX Classic: TSU defeats CSU - Sep 17, 2014 - 12:42:54 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – There were over 8,000 tickets sold at this past weekend’s HBCUX Classic – the first-ever American college football game held in The Bahamas.

The game, held at the Thomas A. Robinson stadium, saw Texas State University (TSU) and Central State University (CSU) square off.

But in the end, TSU defeated CSU 30-16.

TSU player Daveonn Porter said he was pleased to be in The Bahamas playing the game he loves...
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Grand Bahama scores with the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders - Sep 11, 2014 - 11:35:18 PM

Grand Bahama Island- On Friday, September 5th, the first half of the spirited ladies of the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders arrived on Grand Bahama for a week-long photo and video shoot, ending today, in preparation for their upcoming calendar and television show. According to team captain, Brooke Boxberger, the team is looking forward to “sunny weather, nice sandy beaches, great pictures and fun in the sun”.  Fortunately, for this excited bunch, they were welcomed to the island with just that.

According to Donnie Fraizer, Cheerleader and Talent Manager for the Atlanta Hawks, “Each year, the Hawks production team selects beautiful, exotic locations as the background for their calendar photo shoot”. The selection of Grand Bahama Island...
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Abaco (Bahamas) Calendar of Events for 2014 - Sep 7, 2014 - 3:29:26 PM

The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to present the 2014 Calendar of Events for the Abacos courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Office, Abaco.

Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make this 120-mile–long chain of islands a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find championship golf courses on Treasure Cay, charming colonial towns on Green Turtle and Elbow Cays, and countless hotels, restaurants and bars throughout The Abacos.

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Design Caribbean 2013 comes to The Bahamas - Feb 22, 2013 - 3:04:01 PM

Bridgetown, Barbados – On January 11, 2013 the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas signed an agreement to hold Design Caribbean 2013 from June 20-23, 2013 at the Grand Lucayan Resort, Freeport Grand Bahama.

The Hon. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama in his remarks at the signing event expressed his delight to host Design Caribbean as it “will expose local artisans and manufacturers to overseas buyers in retail, hospitality, design, music, film and fashion; thus providing them with opportunities to exhibit their talents, market and sell their products and services...

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'Like' Bahamas Film Commission: GB facebook page for opportunities - Jul 27, 2011 - 11:01:54 PM

Are you are interested in the exciting opportunities available in the film industry; feature films, TV commercials, realty shows, fashion shoots, documentaries, music videos and the like and want to take advantage of them? Then you need to ' like' the Bahamas Film Commission: Grand Bahama facebook page.  This is the page that we will be using to post news of upcoming opportunities in the film industry on Grand Bahama Island. 

The opportunities in this industry have been and will always be based on a first come 'first served' basis and The Bahamas Film Commission's Facebook page is the newest and most convenient vehicle that makes it all possible for those who...
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16 Weddings Promotion Brings Economic Rewards - Sep 18, 2014 - 8:02:53 AM

The Ministry of Tourism’s 16 weddings, 16 islands, One priceless day promotion has caused a boom in group business for The Bahamas as officials get ready to host the premier event next year.

The unique, social media promotion aptly named “16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day,” commenced on February 14, 2014 and ended on June 31st, 2014.

The promotion was opened to residents of the United States of America only and showcased The Islands Of The Bahamas as the premier destination in the region for romance – weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and romantic escapes...
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Pittsburgh to Grand Bahamas Island: Are You Ready for Some Football? - Sep 15, 2014 - 12:00:33 PM

PITTSBURGH – Tired of the sun, sand and surf? Ready for an urban vacation including some good, old American football?

In cooperation with Grand Bahamas Tourism Board, VisitPITTSBURGH is sponsoring a “Picture Perfect Pittsburgh” contest to find the perfect social media travel host from Grand Bahama Island. The contest is being run in an effort to promote the one-month trial of a direct flight between Pittsburgh and Grand Bahama Island (GBI).

VisitPITTSBURGH and Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, their members and partners are collaborating to have residents from both places consider these destinations when selecting a vacation destination.
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“We are admired by our gaming” says Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe - Sep 4, 2014 - 1:21:37 PM

“We are admired by our gaming” said Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe as he discussed a wide range of policy issues and in particular the newly tabled Gaming Bill. He was a guest on Connected with Lester R. Cox on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM on Thursday.

Commenting on the history and evolution of local gaming, the Minister pointed out that “we’ve been in gaming 100 years, people don’t realize that…..the first casinos were in Bimini” and gambling “was always an amenity” on hotel properties as the government looked for ways to secure hard foreign direct currency to fund government operations and develop the economy. 

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TBN’s PRAISE THE LORD TV Show Brings Revival to Grand Bahama Island! - Sep 4, 2014 - 12:55:36 PM

Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas - September 2nd, for the first time in history, the world’s largest Christian Television Network, reaching over one billion viewers worldwide, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), hosted a live recording for its Praise The Lord TV show in Freeport, Bahamas. Of the sixteen destinations that are marketed by the Ministry of Tourism, TBN’s destination of choice was Grand Bahama Island. The selected venue, the Great Lawn at the Grand Lucayan Resort, with its breathtaking ocean view backdrop and warm island breeze, set the stage for a night of sweet revival.

Hundreds of locals and visitors attended as hosts Laurie and Matt Crouch, along with internationally acclaimed gospel ministers; Johnathan McKnight, Samuel Rodriguez, Donnie McClurkin and Smokie Norful took to the stage...
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The Bahamas Receives Grant to Enhance its Tourism Product - Sep 3, 2014 - 10:11:32 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas is one of three priority cruise destinations invited by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., (RCL) to receive a matching grant to participate in the Sustainable Destination Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) initiative.

 RCL collaborated with mutual partners at Sustainable Travel International, Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Tourism Organization to create the SDAA, which is an initiative that aims to greatly enhance how tourism is managed at a destination level and improve its future prospects and ability to compete by embedding sustainability into destination strategies and day-to-day management and marketing.

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Bahamas Tourism Thanks Partners of ‘16 Islands 16 Weddings One Priceless Day’ Promotion - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:01:36 PM

PLANTATION, Florida - ‘The 16 Islands 16 Weddings One Priceless Day’ Promotion, which ended recently and was launched on February 14, 2014 in New York City by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) was a phenomenal success”, said Freda Malcolm, Director of Romance at the BMOT.

“The success of this innovative, social media promotion could not have been possible without the fantastic companies who partnered with the BMOT”...

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Countdown Is On For Bahamas Carnival - Aug 28, 2014 - 9:52:34 PM

The countdown has officially begun for the Bahamas Carnival, which officials say will draw thousands of visitors to The Bahamas.

Recently, Prime Minister Perry Christie officially launched Bahamas Carnival: In the spirit of Junkanoo – an exciting four-day event that will rival 200 other carnivals around the world.

“Even though there seems to be a disenchantment with carnivals around the world, this is going to be a magnificent event,” Prime Minister Christie said.

“We are going to have a major impact on culture. I want Junkanoo to be predominant in this but I want this Carnival to be known around the world as a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...”

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Hotel Occupancy Levels Grows In Grand Bahama - Aug 27, 2014 - 1:41:27 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The nation’s second island-city has seen growth in hotel occupancy levels over the past six months.

According to the latest data released by the Department of Statistics, between January and July 2013 -136,262 rooms were occupied in Grand Bahama. In the same period in 2014, 203,446 rooms were occupied – a difference of 67,184.In terms of percentage, between January and July 2013 Grand Bahama had an occupancy level of 49.52 per cent.

During the same period this year, Grand Bahama had an occupancy level of 56.23 per cent- reflecting growth of 6.71 per cent.Room revenue also grew over the six-month period...

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Nassau Hotels Offers Special Rate For HBCUX College Football Event - Aug 25, 2014 - 11:17:44 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - A number of New Providence hotels are offering special rates for Family Island participation of the prestigious HBCUX Classic games next month.

HBCUX, an American football game, is being held on September 12-14 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

Central State University (CSU) and the Texas Southern University (TSU)-two historically black colleges- will square off in the first college football game ever held in The Bahamas...
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Frontier Airlines Introduces Flights to Nassau, Bahamas - Aug 21, 2014 - 8:13:11 PM

Frontier Airlines has announced that it will be introducing flights to Nassau, Bahamas from Trenton-Mercer starting in November – an initiative that tourism officials are lauding.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced the move this week in a press statement noting that it is the first time a commercial airline from Trenton-Mercer Airport would be introducing an international flight.

 Frontier is offering introductory rates starting at $79 for one-way flights for reservations made between today and August 23rd...
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500 Entries For Bahamas Best Beaches Photo Competition - Aug 21, 2014 - 12:15:28 PM

Over 500 entries have been made to the Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page for its #Bahamasbestbeaches promotion and now tourism officials are making a final push for more breathtaking beach photos.

The competition, which began in late July, aims to use social media to get a look at the best of the nation’s beaches through the eyes of residents and tourists.

When participants upload a unique and engaging photo of a Bahamian beach at the ministry’s page or post via Twitter and Instagram @ VisitTheBahamas using the hashtag #BahamasBestBeaches – they are automatically entered to win a five-day, four night stay at Pelican Bay on Grand Bahama...

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