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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Lights Up The Skies - May 25, 2017 - 12:33:05 PM

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On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, hundreds of attendees flocked to Taino Beach to witness what promised to be the most awe-inspiring aeronautical showcase at the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show.

After a successful Young Eagle’s career fair the day before, the Grand Bahama Air Show, coupled with the inaugural Kite Festival, offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to participate in a full evening of exciting events.

Among those in attendance was aviation enthusiast, Dave Shallbetter, of Sun ‘n Fun Radio...
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Airshow Underway! - May 19, 2017 - 6:54:58 PM

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AIRPLANES, AIR BOSSES AND AEROBATICS ARE READY FOR THE SKIES


After months of planning, marketing and promoting the unique aerobatics and cultural showcase scheduled to take place this coming weekend, the Ministry of Tourism has cleared the runway and is ready to take off with the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th – 20th, 2017, at Taino Beach, Freeport Grand Bahama Island.

During a press conference held at the event’s host hotel, Pelican Bay, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, Nuvolari Chootosingh, Manager for Sports Tourism...
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Bahamas to Take on Caribbean in Taste of the Caribbean - May 19, 2017 - 5:19:06 PM

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A cadre of culinary chefs from around The Bahamas have once again come together to challenge the Caribbean in a four-day showdown at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami, Florida from June 2-6.

The event, which is now in its 24th year, unites top chefs in the region to learn and demonstrate their skills in an all-out cultural showdown.

The Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA) searches for the best chefs from different organizations to compete in the region’s top premier culinary competition.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism proudly sponsors the event among others...
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Inaugural Bahamas Power Boat Races Held in Bimini - May 15, 2017 - 2:00:32 PM

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The spotlight was on Bimini April 28 – 29 for the first annual Offshore Powerboat Competition. It was a beautiful weekend that saw 16 fast powerboats gracefully glide across the deep blue Bimini seas.

The thrilling event which brought thousands of participants, families and fans to Bimini was a partnership between Resorts World Bimini, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) and The Bahamas Ocean Sports Authority (BOSA). In conjunction with the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA). The competition is also scheduled to appear on NBC Sports Network TV on the East Coast, the Midwest and on the West Coast...

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Grand Bahama Air Show & Inaugural Kite Festival This Weekend - May 14, 2017 - 1:21:07 PM

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The Island of Grand Bahama is gearing up for a spectacular weekend of aerobatics, culture and family fun as the Ministry of Tourism gets set to host the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th – 20th, at Taino Beach.

The Air Show, which was introduced in 2016 during the kickoff weekend to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, took the island by storm as thousands of festival goers saw first-hand the high-impact aerobatic showcase.

According to Manager for Sports Tourism, Nuvolari Chootosingh, in addition to the three- hour air show, this year’s event will feature the return of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagle’s Career Fair and Expo...
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New Components Added To The Second Annual Grand Bahama Air Show - May 3, 2017 - 10:12:43 AM

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The Second Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, taking place May 19 and 20, 2017 at Taino Beach, promises to be bigger and better than its premier show and is already attracting scores of visitors to the island as well as members of the international press.  

The two days event, which kicks off with an Aviation seminar for students on May 19 and ends with a three hour air show on May 20, is being organized by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with Sun n Fun, the second largest aviation show in the USA and veteran air boss, John Wayne of John Wayne Air Cavalry, LLC.
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Tourism Ministry working diligently to protect Bahamas' reputation - May 1, 2017 - 11:19:07 AM

Director General in the Ministry of Tourism Joy Jibrilu assures that all is being done to protect the reputation of The Bahamas in the wake of the failed Fyre Festival. The MOT has been actively engaged with international media partners to ensure that the integrity of The Bahamas is maintained.

“The organizers of the Fyre Festival, which was a private event, have readily admitted that they were in over their heads, and they have taken full responsibility for all that has transpired, and have issued a statement to this effect. It is also pertinent to note that the international media have recognized that all and any shortcomings came from the promoters, and The Bahamas has been insulated from any direct negative repercussions...
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Bahamas Tourism Statement on Fyre Festival - Apr 28, 2017 - 4:57:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on Fyre Festival:

We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival.  We offer a heartfelt apology to all who traveled to our country for this event. 

Tourism is our number one industry and it is our aim to deliver world-class experiences and events.  Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos...  
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5th Annual West End Junior Sailing Regatta - Apr 27, 2017 - 9:37:33 AM

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On Saturday, April 29th, the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association and the Grand Bahama Sailing Club, will host the 5th Annual West End Junior Sailing Regatta in picturesque West End.

More than 40 young certified skippers, boys and girls from the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco and New Providence, will be participating in this year’s event.

According to Elaine Smith, Coordinator for Product Development at the Ministry of Tourism, “The Ministry of Tourism is very pleased to announce that this year’s competition will include participants from New Providence, in addition to those returning for the second year from Abaco”...
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Baha Mar Ushers in New Era of Tourism and Airlift for The Bahamas - Apr 25, 2017 - 1:32:46 PM

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The opening of the multi-billion dollar Baha Mar resort will usher in a new era of tourism in The Bahamas and expand airlift to the island nation.

Ministry of Tourism Senior Director of Airlift Development Tyrone Sawyer said his team has spent the last three to four years courting new airlift to The Bahamas in anticipation for the opening of the mega resort, which opened last Friday...


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19th Annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival - Apr 19, 2017 - 10:38:33 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- On Monday, April 17th, the 19th Annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival kicked off at the Pelican Point festival grounds in McLean's Town with over 3,000 attendees on site.

The native festival, which began at 11:00 am, was filled with excitement, and featured several coconut-themed activities for those who wanted to fully embrace the theme of the event.

Approximately 70 miles east of the city of Freeport, Pelican Point is known for its lush coconut trees and beautiful beaches...
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Marketing Team Records Bahamas Updates at CBS Los Angeles Studio - Apr 18, 2017 - 11:35:00 AM

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A marketing team from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism recently used the opportunity in Los Angeles to visit the CBS studio there to record all that is exciting and new in The Bahamas, to be shared with consumers in that market. The recorded interviews were with special emphasis on new resorts in The Bahamas, as well as cultural and heritage festivals and signature sporting events in The Islands.

The interviews are being used as commercials and are airing on AMP Radio 97 in Los Angeles, CA, through June of this year...
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Bahamas Tourism Office Launches Ambitious Road Show - Apr 18, 2017 - 11:09:26 AM

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The Bahamas Tourism Offices (BTO) launched the first in a series of ambitious sales missions across Florida designed to reengage the traveling public ahead of the summer and winter seasons.

The mission, aptly renamed the ‘Bahamas Product Celebration’, kicked off in Miami at the W South Beach on Wednesday night. The celebration culminated with a down home ‘party in the backyard’...
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Ministry of Tourism to Host Easter Gospel Fest At Clifford Park - Apr 14, 2017 - 2:44:11 AM

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As the country gets ready for the Easter Holiday weekend, the Ministry of Tourism is looking forward to bringing a dynamic and exciting Easter Gospel concert at Clifford Park on Sunday, April 16.

The annual event will bring some of the country’s best gospel talents together for a night of thanksgiving.

Director of Religious Tourism Dwight Armbrister said the idea of the event is to give thanks to God...
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MS Amadea Calls on Freeport Harbour - Apr 13, 2017 - 6:30:22 PM

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On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and the Freeport Harbor Company welcomed the Captain and Crew of the MS Amadea.

As is customary for new vessels and long-time returning vessels like the MS Amadea, a ceremonial plaque exchange between tourism stakeholders and the ship Captain was held on board the vessel.

The MS Amadea is a chartered vessel of the Germany-based Phoenix Reisen...
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Frequent Visitor Conducts Successful Cleanup in McLean’s Town With Its Residents - Apr 13, 2017 - 10:14:17 AM

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For frequent visitor to Grand Bahama, Steve Wilson, “the reef restoration and coastal clean up on April 8, in McLean’s Town, was a labor of love and an opportunity to tangibly give back to a community that had given so much to me,” he said.

“The Coconut Creek resident said he “fell in love with The Bahamas many years ago. The serene beauty, natural charm and above all, love and warmth of its friendly people, like Captain Phil, BarrieThomas and the entire Thomas Family, who have become like family to me, keeps me coming back”....
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Hundreds turn up to Bahamian Party in Washington DC - Apr 12, 2017 - 2:11:47 PM

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The combination of Bahamian food, drinks, music and culture all makes for one thing- a slamming party in the backyard. Hundreds of invited guests including industry partners, members of the media and Bahamians living in the District of Columbia, Maryland and the Virginia (DMV) area were recently treated to just that.

The Islands Of The Bahamas hosted a “party in da backyard” at the Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill Maryland that was filled with Bahamian delights.

The beat of the goat skin drum, the steady clang of the cowbells and the melodic rhythm of the brass horns, got the party started. As the Junkanoo Group weaved through the exuberant crowd, many partygoers joined in...
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Bahamian Culture A Hit With South California Travel Agents - Apr 12, 2017 - 10:05:25 AM

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California Travel Agents danced, clapped and joined in the cultural, "Ring Play" of The Bahamas, at the recent Bahamas Presentations and Cultural Extravaganzas in Los Angeles and San Diego, California.

At both events, agents voluntarily shared throughout that the outdoor terraces of the hotels in both cities were the perfect venue for a Bahamas Cultural themed event. An agent was heard saying that the only thing missing was, "the white sand beaches and the renowned beautiful, blue waters of The Bahamas...
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Grand Bahama Island Wins 5 Cacique Awards - Apr 10, 2017 - 11:12:50 PM

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Five Cacique Awards up for grabs on Saturday, April 8, went to Grand Bahama residents, with finalists in four categories. The event was held in Nassau at Baha Mar Convention Centre.

The purpose of the Cacique Awards is to recognize the role people and organizations have played in making a positive impact on the quality and growth of tourism in The Bahamas.

Winners were...
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Bahamas Tourism Industry Partners Happy About New Business Opportunities - Apr 9, 2017 - 1:52:40 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) along with its hotel industry partners who attended the 2017 Sun n Fun International Fly In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida, April 4-9, 2017 are happy with the group leads and new business opportunities they obtained during the 6-days aviation Expo.

“Based on the high level of exposure the Islands of The Bahamas received through its prominent brand displays and strong partnership with Sun n Fun, along with numerous live radio and television broadcasts, seminars, one on one meetings with pilots and other contracted business opportunities our hoteliers procured, we could not have been more pleased,” said Omar Isaacs, General Manager of Vertical Markets at the BMOT...
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