MOTA official statement on the passing of David L. Johnson
- Aug 16, 2018 - 2:42:20 PM
The Ministry of Tourism, its staff and officers, join with the Minister
of Tourism, The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Permanent Secretary, Mr.
Charles Albury and Director General, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu, in extending
sincere condolences to the family of the late David L. Johnson, former
Director General of Tourism.
Mr. Johnson’s long career in the
Tourism Industry began some 45 years ago, when he, along with six other
Bahamians, was identified as a Management Trainee for positions overseas
in the Bahamas Tourist Offices...
British Colonial Hilton to Host Rake, Scrape N’ Scorch Festival
- Aug 16, 2018 - 11:47:25 AM
The British Colonial Hilton is looking to become more family friendly by
hosting the Rake, Scrape N’ Scorch Festival on August 25.
The event is geared toward providing an authentic Bahamian experience at the grounds of the historic hotel.
and Leisure Manager Rakel Dean says the event, which will feature 14
local vendors, will show the fun side of the hotel...
BMOTA reconnects With Travel Industry Association of Florida
- Aug 14, 2018 - 3:12:47 PM
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) recently held a
joint dinner and mini tradeshow for sixty members of the Travel Industry
Association (TIA) of South Florida. The event, which was held at La
Jolla in Coral Gables, marked the BMOTA’s return to TIA, the largest
association of travel agents in South Florida.
evening, travel agents were educated on the new hotel product offerings
in The Bahamas, as well as updated on the new airlift services and
tourism programs. The Bahamas update session was conducted by BMOTA
sales and marketing team, led by Betty Bethel-Moss, Director of Sales
Minister of Tourism Makes Terminally Ill Child’s Dream Come True
- Aug 13, 2018 - 11:46:09 AM
Seventeen-year-old Grayson Richardson is battling a rare type of brain
cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma. About 1,200 children under 19 are
diagnosed with glioma (brain tumor) per year in the United States with a
fraction of those being astrocytoma. Since being diagnosed Grayson has
been a fighter. He has had a combination of two brain surgeries,
forty-four rounds of chemotherapy and heavy doses of steroid used to
keep brain swelling down. Since treatment, his body has changed
dramatically and he is completely blind on the right side of both of his
eyes, and is now unable to read or speak clearly...
Bahamas receives wide exposure from Shark Week
- Aug 9, 2018 - 11:40:53 AM
With the recent success of Shark Week’s 30th season on Discovery
Channel, The Islands Of The Bahamas received tremendous exposure
globally. In the process, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was awarded
more than $250,000 toward its efforts for shark and marine conservation.
Week, television’s longest-running program, aired its 30th season on
Discovery Channel, July 22-29, 2018 during prime time. According to the
latest television ratings released by the Nielsen Company, the
week-long shows, which featured several A-list celebrities, with some
shows filmed in The Bahamas, topped both last year’s Shark Week and
Shark Week 2016 across adults, men and women 25-54 and 18-49 years old...
Junkanoo Summer Festival Shatters Visitor Records
- Aug 8, 2018 - 2:04:49 PM
Much to the delight of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation
officials, Junkanoo Summer Festival 2018 has shattered international
visitor attendance records.
According to data compiled from a
number of bus shuttles in New Providence that provided guest
transportation between hotels/cruise ships and the festival site, more
than 1,000 visitors flocked to Arawak Cay from July 7 to August 4 to be a
part of the signature festival.
During the festival, patrons
were able to experience succulent food, shop for authentic Bahamian
Bishop Projects Thousands to attend 2019 International Religious Convention in The Bahamas
- Aug 6, 2018 - 8:05:02 PM
Internationally known Bahamian religious leader, Bishop Neil Ellis,
recently projected that The Bahamas could expect about 2,500 visitors to
the country to attend the Global United Fellowship’s (GUF) 2019
convention scheduled to take place July 9th-12th at the Atlantis
Resorts, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas.
Bishop Ellis who as
the leader of the International group is its Presiding Bishop, gave his
projection in the wake of the organization’s recent, well attended, 2018
Convention in Greensboro, North, Carolina...
Bahamas Minstry Of Tourism receives Apex Award 2018
- Jul 30, 2018 - 7:33:35 PM
“The Bahamas is a vacation paradise, that’s well known, but the message
I’d like each of you to take away from my short talk this morning is
that when it comes to investing, “It’s Better In The Bahamas,” The
Honourable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation for The
Bahamas, told attendees at a luncheon during the recent 22nd Annual
International African American Hotel Ownership and Investment Summit
and Trade Show.
The Minister, who was presented with an Apex
award for Distinguished Service at the closing banquet of the summit,
provided his remarks at the Summits Annual Scholarship Award’s luncheon...
Authentic Bahamian craft wows visitors at Junkanoo Summer Festival
- Jul 26, 2018 - 10:53:25 AM
This year, Junkanoo Summer Festival puts on display a wide selection of
authentic Bahamian craft and goods: jewelry, bags, wood carvings,
household items and skin care products– all made from indigenous
Bahamian materials. The high-quality, uniquely crafted Bahamian
merchandise is available at the festival site, at Arawak Cay, every
Saturday until August 4.
Many of the vendors at the site have
been a part of the festival since its inception many years ago. Betty
Turnquest of B.A. Turnquest Enterprises that specializes in straw goods
is one of them...
Essence of The Bahamas Festival set for South Florida
- Jul 23, 2018 - 7:14:36 PM
South Floridians will be able to experience The Islands Of The Bahamas
up close and personal when the first Annual, “The Essence of The Bahamas
Festival”, brings the culture of The Bahamas to Overtown, Miami, this
weekend, Saturday July 28th.
The Festival is scheduled to be an all-day event, featuring all things Bahamian.
class musical entertainers, Fire Dance, Bahamian Gospel, Bahamian
fashions featuring models of ALL SIZES, and jewelry by Bahamian Chevette
Williamson – incorporating the indigenous products of The Bahamas...
Sun n Fun Adds Bahamas Aviation Ahead of October 1, Schedule
- Jul 22, 2018 - 12:49:20 PM
Sun ‘n Fun International, Florida’s largest conference holder, which
began a new tourism marketing partnership with The Bahamas on June 19,
2018, has commenced promoting general aviation and fly outs to The
Islands Of The Bahamas ahead of its October 1 marketing launch.
Starting today, Sun ‘n Fun has added The Islands Of The Bahamas general
aviation guidelines, benefits and diverse product offerings for private
pilots desirous of flying into The Bahamas to its website
www.flysnf.org/bahamas. Also included on the website is the schedule
for The Bahamas’ upcoming aviation seminars at the 2018 EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh... Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 22-30, 2018...
Prominent S Florida newspaperman honored at Bahamas Independence Ecumenical Service
- Jul 17, 2018 - 8:05:18 PM
Notable Bahamians within the South Florida diaspora including prominent
South Florida newspaperman, Garth Reeves, were honored on Sunday during
an Ecumenical Service celebrating the 45th year of Independence for The
Bahamas, under the theme, “Celebrate Bahamas, We’ve Come This Far by
At the service held at the historical St. Agnes Anglican Church in Overtown, Miami, Florida...
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Enhances Junkanoo Summer Festival
- Jul 3, 2018 - 12:08:42 PM
It’s summertime in The Islands Of The Bahamas and Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) officials are busy enhancing the country’s
premier summer event, Junkanoo Summer Festival.
This year, the
summer event, to be held every Saturday from July 7 to August 4, will
explode with Bahamian culture featuring music, crafts, cultural games
Bahamas Gov't Statement on Exuma Tour Boat Incident
- Jul 1, 2018 - 3:23:56 PM
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is deeply saddened
by yesterday’s tour boat incident in Exuma. We pray for the family of
the passenger who succumbed to her injuries, and offer our heartfelt
condolences to her family and friends as they mourn her loss. Our
prayers are also with all the other passengers who were aboard as they
The Ministry of Tourism immediately sought to lend
assistance to those affected and continues to work on the ground to
provide emotional support and to help facilitate any needed
Bahamas wins three gold medals at Taste of the Caribbean
- Jun 28, 2018 - 11:22:06 AM
The Bahamas National Culinary Team sizzled at this year’s Taste of the
Caribbean held in Miami, Florida June 22-26, walking away with three
gold medals including Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year and Team
of the Year.
The Taste of the Caribbean is the premier culinary
showdown between Caribbean to determine which country has the best
Bahamian Prime Minister tells South Florida audience of plans to develop country's future leaders
- Jun 23, 2018 - 6:47:21 PM
The Right Honourable, Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, at the recent official ribbon cutting of his country's
foreign mission in South Florida, shared that his administration has a
10 year plan to identify Bahamians both home and abroad who could be
developed as the future leaders of the country.
Minister was providing remarks at the ribbon cutting and official
opening of the new location of The Bahamas Consulate General Office,
Miami, Florida, which recently moved from its former long term location
in the Ingraham building, to its new address at 100 N. Biscayne...
Magazine to heavily promote The Islands Of The Bahamas
- Jun 20, 2018 - 11:05:12 AM
Nearly 50 journalists and guests of US-based award winning AFAR magazine
were immersed in Bahamian culture recently during an extraordinary
familiarization trip to The Islands Of The Bahamas.
particular familiarization trip is a marketing gold mine for the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) as each of the publication’s
founders, editors and content writers will write about their experiences
in the destination, in articles, blogs and pieces which will reach over
2 million of the magazine’s subscribers...
National Culinary Team wows guests at gala
- Jun 18, 2018 - 10:37:31 AM
Andros crab bisque, Long Island duck rillettes; citrus dusted Long
Island hog snapper atop roasted fennel, artichokes, kalamata olives,
saffron- coconut foam and island style coconut cakes with tropical fruit
stew, mango rum cream and roast corn shebet were just some of the
scrumptious dishes on the Taste of the Caribbean’s gala menu held at
Baha Mar recently.
The 14-member National Culinary Team developed
by the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), gave tourism
officials, stakeholders and sponsors food for thought as they head to
Miami, Florida to take on the region in the Taste of the Caribbean
competition from June 22-26.
Q1 Tourism results are in: arrivals and room revenue are up in the Bahamas
- Jun 14, 2018 - 11:54:49 AM
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is pleased to
report that first quarter international visitor results point to an
increase in arrivals, signaling that business turnaround from Q4 of
2017 has continued to flow into 2018. The Ministry is anticipating a
strong summer season for tourism across the destination.
The Bahamas experienced significant increases in foreign air and sea
arrivals, which is up 2.8%. Foreign air arrivals alone reached a
substantial 18% increase compared to Q1 of 2017...
BMOTA Takes On Aggressive Global Marketing Plan
- Jun 13, 2018 - 3:32:05 PM
As The Islands Of The Bahamas experience significant growth in airlift
arrivals, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu says the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) continues to be aggressive in
luring visitors from new markets.
While speaking at the Caribbean
Aviation Meetup held at Atlantis Paradise Island on June 13, Ms.
Jibrilu noted that The Bahamas has seen a growth of 18 percent in the