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The Bahamas in a good position to benefit from investment and The Multi Cultural Segment - Sep 22, 2020 - 9:45:35 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation recently participated in the 24th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show (NABHOOD).

The primary goal of the summit is to increase the numbers of African Americans and other minorities managing, operating, and owning hotels, develop executive-level jobs for minorities and boost vendor opportunities, thereby creating wealth within the minority community...
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Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar address to the nation - Sept. 7 - Sep 7, 2020 - 7:26:37 PM

In this nation’s short but determined history, moments of triumph, and moments of tragedy, tell the story of who we are as Bahamians. We are a proud people, a strong people, a united people.  

Nonetheless, this year has undoubtedly been marred by moments of tragedy—the wounds of Hurricane Dorian have yet to heal, COVID-19...
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Minister of Tourism presents forward-looking tourism plan - Sep 7, 2020 - 3:08:18 PM

In a national address today, Monday, September 7, Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar announced additional details of the forward-looking recovery and reopening plan for The Islands of The Bahamas. D’Aguilar reiterated the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s commitment to revitalizing the country’s tourism industry while emphasizing that the health and wellbeing of citizens, residents and visitors of The Bahamas remain paramount...
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GB Tourism Office hosts first Virtual Bahamahost Recertification Session - Sep 2, 2020 - 6:35:37 PM

For over 40 years, the BahamaHost Program of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) has sought to equip tourism professionals with the product knowledge, leadership capabilities and customer service skills necessary for success in the tourism sector. The BMOTA Grand Bahama office continued this mission, despite social restrictions caused by COVID-19, by hosting its first virtual BahamaHost recertification session for 14 participants...
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism announces Virtual Golf Shootout on YouTube - Aug 10, 2020 - 6:27:57 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism announced Monday, the launch of a first-of-its kind virtual Closest to the Pin golf shootout. This unique competition will feature LPGA Tour professionals and golf industry personalities going head to head live on YouTube.

The Islands Of The Bahamas Virtual Shootout will be held at 7 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 and will feature 16 contestants, among them two-time Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Champion Brittany Lincicome...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism's film update highlights film sector’s resilience - Aug 8, 2020 - 9:13:53 AM

The Bahamas earned close to $300,000 in screen production revenue in the month of July, the Bahamas Film & Television Commission confirmed.

The revenue was the combined spending in The Bahamas of four television show productions that streamed into the country at the earliest opportunity, said Clarence Rolle, General Manager of the Film Commission, a division of the Ministry of Tourism...
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Junkanoo Summer Digital Competition extends submissions deadline - Aug 7, 2020 - 11:15:56 AM

The Junkanoo Summer Digital Competition Committee has extended the submissions deadline to August 9, 2020, with voting to begin on August 10, 2020. The extension deadline gives Junkanooers and Junkanoo enthusiasts the opportunity to submit their entries for a chance to win $1,000 in each of the following categories...
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Grand Bahama featured on Mike Tyson Special for Shark Week 2020 - Aug 5, 2020 - 10:15:13 PM

Grand Bahama’s vast marine life and natural beauty will be on full display when Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, one of television’s most anticipated summer events, kicks off on Sunday, August 9. This year, Shark Week will feature over 20 hours of programming, but the main event happens on Sunday night, when legendary boxer Mike Tyson takes on one of the ocean’s apex predators in our Grand Bahamian waters during the Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef special.

“That’s right, the heavyweight champ is kicking off the most wonderful week of the year by throwing his hat in the underwater ring,” Discovery Channel...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on Negative COVID-19 test requirement for resident hotel stays - Jul 30, 2020 - 2:22:25 PM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation wishes to advise that following consultation with the Ministry of Health, the Competent Authority has affirmed that a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test will not be required by Bahamian and resident guests of hotels.The health and well-being of the population remains of upmost importance. Therefore, the Ministry of Health has recommended...
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Junkanoo Summer Festival 2020 - Jul 29, 2020 - 5:00:34 PM

The 2020 Junkanoo Summer Festival moves to cyberspace, taking the form of a dynamic digital competition and workshop that offers locals the chance to compete, and everyone, including our visitors, the opportunity to learn about one of the most authentic expressions of Bahamian culture.

Junkanoo Artisans lead the conversation as they promote the legacy of the “Greatest Show on Earth” in a 4-day online workshop starting July 27 and ending July 31...
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Bahamas Targets Private Pilots at 2020 EAA Air Venture Virtual Show - Jul 22, 2020 - 11:05:59 AM

The week of July 21-25 is declared the “Spirit of Aviation Week” and like all major events taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 51st Annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture Show has pivoted to a virtual platform. The Bahamas, represented by its key government agencies including the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force (aviation arm), Bahamas Civil Aviation and Bahamas Customs Department, along with its Flying Ambassadors, is  making its presence felt at the world’s largest aviation show...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism launches strategic media relations campaign to ensure accurate reporting of executive orders - Jul 22, 2020 - 10:36:19 AM

Following Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis’ announcement of The Bahamas’ new executive orders, taking effect on Wednesday, July 22, the news of  changes for U.S. travellers visiting The Bahamas has been widespread and focused on the restriction of commercial flights and commercial vessels. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is working diligently to ensure international media are accurately reporting that U.S. travellers are welcome to visit The Bahamas if they are arriving by private flights and charters, as well as pleasure craft and yachts..
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on border closure to The United States due to COVID-19 - Jul 20, 2020 - 2:30:22 PM

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, as well as an uptick in cases in The Bahamas, Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, has made the difficult decision to close borders to international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers from the United States. The order is effective as of Wednesday, July 22 at midnight. In addition, Bahamasair will cease outgoing flights to the United States, effective immediately...
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Cruise and Maritime Department Holds Tours Webinar - Jul 12, 2020 - 2:00:20 PM

The Cruise and Maritime Department at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is hosting a tours webinar to connect scores of anxious tour operators with tourism and cruise officials.

Under the theme, “Exploring Opportunities Beyond COVID-19,” the webinar will be held via Microsoft Teams on July 14, 21, 23 and 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism launches “the Islands Of The Bahamas” Mobile App to help vacation planning - Jul 2, 2020 - 11:36:17 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s new, free mobile app provides an easy to use resource and tool for consumers planning a visit to The Islands Of The Bahamas. Key features of the app include: downloadable island guides, flight charter request processing and recommendations based on the user’s geo-location within The Bahamas. It also highlights current deals, Bahamas.com blog posts, an interactive map and suggests top activities for adventure, relaxation and romance...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation prepares for Phase 2 reopening July 1 - Jun 21, 2020 - 10:58:20 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is preparing for Phase 2 of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan, which will begin on Wednesday, July 1 and allow for the resumption of international travel to The Bahamas.

Policies and Procedures for all travellers visiting The Bahamas beginning July 1 are as follows. Plans continue to evolve in response to COVID-19 trends, and so additional guidance will be communicated as details are available...
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Islands Of The Bahamas Dominate Virtual Palm Beach Boat Show - Jun 13, 2020 - 4:57:34 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas dominated the landing page of the virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show on Saturday, June 13, 2020, dubbed “Bahamas Day”.

The show, organized by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, is taking place virtually, for the first time in its 35-year history due to the Covid-19 pandemic and runs June 2 – 30, 2020...
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BMOTA hosts Virtual Sales Programs around the world to attract tourism - Jun 10, 2020 - 9:20:32 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has been hosting a series of virtual sales missions in the U.S. and Canada during the entire time of quarantine in an effort to continue promoting The Islands Of The Bahamas and keeping the destination top-of-mind for not only the travel trade but other business partners and suppliers.

Without the ability to host face-to-face interactions to which the sales teams were accustomed, the Ministry of Tourism quickly pivoted to launching and participating in online events such as webinars, virtual travel shows...
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Domestic Travel resumes within The Islands Of The Bahamas - Jun 9, 2020 - 11:47:21 AM

In accordance with the government’s phased reopening plan, inter - island domestic travel has resumed across The Islands Of The Bahamas. Travel by commercial flight, as well as mailboat, passenger ferry, domestic pleasure craft and yachts are permitted across all islands.

All persons intending to travel domestically within The Bahamas are required to complete a Travel Health Card application prior to departure. Travellers can visit travel.gov.bs to complete the form online...
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Minister of Tourism remarks at Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan Press Conference - Jun 2, 2020 - 5:53:21 PM

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today.

This morning we will share with you the details of how The Bahamas will reinstate tourism to the country, and effectively reopen our economy following unprecedented measures taken to safeguard our nation in the face of the COVID-­‐19 pandemic. 
Since March 24, airports and seaports throughout The Bahamas have been closed to all incoming visitors...
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