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Global Southern Gospel Music Cruise Anchors on Grand Bahama - Jan 30, 2015 - 4:59:46 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - On Monday, February 2nd at 12noon, 120 gospel musicians from Canada, Atlanta, North and South Carolina will disembark the Carnival Fascination on Grand Bahama Island, and join with local Bahamian gospel artists for a mid-day gospel concert at Count Basie Square in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. The Southern Gospel Music Cruise, led by Rev. Arnie Shipp, has been visiting The Bahamas for the past five years, with this year being the first for the participants to disembark for a time of worship.

During a press conference held on Friday, January 30, 2015, Debbie Huyler, Manager for Religious Tourism at the Grand Bahama Tourist office spoke to the excitement that is in the air as the Grand Bahama Tourism team prepares to receive the group on Tuesday...
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Bahamas Tourism holds Cacique Awards in Golden Celebration - Jan 30, 2015 - 4:30:33 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The best in service, arts and entertainment was showcased during the 16th Cacique Awards ceremony held at the Meliá Nassau Resort on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

The script read like a who’s who in Tourism as noted local and international stakeholders were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the country’s premier industry.

In his written message, the Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcome said, “On this occasion of the 16th Cacique Awards, we celebrate our commitment to excellence and recognize those who have...
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Trumpet Awards honours Bahamian entrepreneur Franklyn R Wilson - Jan 29, 2015 - 4:12:06 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The 23rd Annual Trumpet Awards, created to herald the accomplishments of African Americans who have made significant contributions to the world had a distinctly Bahamian flavor this year. Bahamian entrepreneur, Franklyn R. Wilson, Chairman Sunshine Holdings, Ltd. was honored and two brilliantly Junkanoo Carnival dancers, representing The Bahamas Masqueraders Group were on the red carpet to welcome guests at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta when the ceremony took place on January 24th.

Wilson joined an A-List of American celebrities who were saluted including Lou Brock – Baseball Legend; Arnold W. Donald – President and CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC; Jamie Foxx...

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Rum lover’s utopia: Festival RumBahamas - Jan 29, 2015 - 12:35:15 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - From February 27 to March 1, 2015 seasoned rum connoisseurs, cultured consumers, social sippers or those that are simply rum lovers will have the opportunity to treat themselves at Festival RumBahamas, a premier international rum extravaganza at historical Fort Charlotte in Nassau.

“Rum is often associated with a storied life at sea from the time of buccaneering and later, during America’s prohibition and is of vital importance to the history of the Islands of The Bahamas” said Ms. Charity Armbrister, Director of Events, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism...
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Cast of NBC’s Today Show agrees that it’s better in The Bahamas - Jan 28, 2015 - 4:28:04 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Millions of US viewers are probably wishing they were in The Bahamas this week, thanks to a plug from cast members of the popular NBC morning sho w The Today Show.

On Wednesday, January 28th, Today Show hosts Willie Geist and Savannah Guthrie agreed that The Bahamas is the place to be during a winter storm.

“Boy Tom The Bahamas sound pretty good right about now,” said Geist as his co-hosts nodded in agreement...

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Bahamas 16 Islands Wedding Abaco Light Up Couple’s Life - Jan 28, 2015 - 2:02:04 PM

ABACO, BAHAMAS – At 16:00 hours EST on January 16th, 16 couples were married on 16 Islands in The Islands Of The Bahamas.

The famous candy stripe lighthouse on Hope Town, Abaco in The Bahamas, provided the perfect backdrop for the wedding of Wanjira Banfield, to Pierre Alex Demosthene. Drizzling rain that started to intensify at exactly 1600 hours did not stop the wedding. Minister Silbert Mills began the ceremony on time and as the rain drizzled, umbrellas were brought out to cover the heads of the bridal party and the Minister.

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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Awards Long Service Employees - Jan 26, 2015 - 5:17:18 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe congratulated employees for their dedication and hard work in ensuring The Bahamas regains its tourism edge in the region.

“You have provided a service and you have done so for decades; causing us to be the envy of the world,” Mr. Wilchcombe said as he delivered remarks at the Ministry of Tourism Long Service Awards Ceremony held Friday, January 23, 2015 at Government House. The awardees, more than 70 of them, were presented plaques by Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas...
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Texas couple marry in 'paradise' in Bahamas 16 Weddings - 16 Islands promotion - Jan 23, 2015 - 3:41:59 PM

Paradise Island / Nassau - Ezequiel and Katherine Medina from Austin, Texas married at 4pm in Paradise Island on January 16th along with 15 other couples on 15 other islands at the same time.

The weddings were a part of the ‘16 Weddings 16 Islands on the 16th hour’ Promotion of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

The wedding took place in Versailles Garden in Paradise Island and dinner was held at the historic Graycilff...

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PM Says the Bahamian People are the Asset Tourism Depends Upon - Jan 23, 2015 - 2:28:25 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie regarded Bahamians as the asset the Tourism Industry depends upon in order to sustain the tourism product.

He was addressing a Tourism Symposium held for frontline tourism professionals at SuperClubs Breezes Resort on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

The Ministry of Tourism is celebrating its Golden Jubilee – the symposium being amongst activities taking place for Tourism Awareness week, which ends with the Cacique Awards honouring the finest in the industry on Saturday, January 24, 2015...
Inaugural Grand Bahama Half Marathon and 5K Announced for March 28 in Freeport, Bahamas - Jan 23, 2015 - 2:19:10 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – A new international half marathon and 5K on March 28 on Grand Bahama Island – one of the most pristine islands of The Bahamas and located less than 60 miles off the coast of Florida.

Race organizers are planning to take full advantage of the stunningly beautiful Caribbean setting to create a world-class road race with a festive, warm and laid-back island party vibe. The races will start, end and be celebrated at the Grand Lucayan Beach Resort in Freeport.

“Both courses are designed to be fast and flat, taking athletes along Grand Bahama Island’s magnificent oceanfront and the varied scenic landmarks along the way,” said Scott Kerr, a long-time race organizer...

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Grand Bahama Tourism Trailblazers Honoured With Luncheon - Jan 23, 2015 - 12:56:07 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The Ministry of Tourism paid homage to retirees for a lifetime of service during a luncheon at Le Med Restaurant in Port Lucaya Marketplace on Thursday.

Those honoured, under the theme "People Who Served," were retired hoteliers, taxi drivers, Ministry of Tourism staff and straw vendors.

Director of Tourism, Betty Bethel said "The Ministry of Tourism thought it was fitting to culminate its Tourism Week, and 50 years of celebrating tourism, by honouring the trailblazers in our industry and those trailblazers are you..."
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Bahamas Tourism's 16th annual Cacique Awards promises to be a “grand afair” - Jan 22, 2015 - 5:59:49 PM

The 16th Cacique Awards to be held at the Melia Nassau Resort this Saturday promises to be a “grand affair,” according to co-chairman of the awards Charity Armbrister.

The awards, which will close out the Ministry of Tourism’s 50th anniversary celebrations and tourism week, will celebrate the brightest and the best in the country’s hospitality industry.

Ms. Armbrister, who is also the director of events at the Ministry of Tourism, promises that this Cacique Awards will be like none other.

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Pristine Waters of Exuma – Backdrop For Texas Couple’s Dream Wedding In The Bahamas - Jan 22, 2015 - 5:17:42 PM

EXUMA, Bahamas - The pristine, aquamarine waters of Exuma in The Bahamas served as the ideal backdrop for the dream wedding of Texan couple, Lauren Gough and Stephen Swangstu.

They were one of sixteen American couples that won a complimentary dream wedding on 16 islands in The Bahamas, in The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s (BMOT)“16 Islands 16 Weddings One Priceless Day” social media contest. All weddings took place on January 16, 2015 at 16:00 hours...
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16 Weddings Promotion Winners Tie the Knot in The Berry Islands - Jan 22, 2015 - 1:07:20 PM

GREAT HARBOUR CAY-The Berry Islands – A small and intimate wedding was exactly what Kristyna and Ryan hoped for and they certainly got that.

The New Jersey couple tied the knot on this island known for its sugar-white sandy beaches during The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s “16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day” promotion.

And at exactly 16:00 hours (4pm) the couple exchanged wedding vows on a boat, which anchored in the middle of the deep blue ocean surrounding The Berry Islands and its many cays...
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16 Weddings, 16 Islands' Deana Whitlow and Henry Coleman Enjoy Dream Wedding in Harbour Island - Jan 22, 2015 - 12:14:42 PM

Duncan Town, Harbour Island - Deana Whitlow and Henry Coleman is a couple who believes getting married in The Bahamas was a “kiss from God” and it showed throughout their romantic journey to January 16, 2015.

That’s the day 16 couples got married on 16 Islands at 16:00 (4:00 p.m.).

It is one of Ministry of Tourism’s biggest promotions that was launched on February 14, 2014...
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(VIDEO) Tourism Awareness Week overview by GB Tourism Dir. Betty Bethel - Jan 20, 2015 - 11:17:14 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - This is an exciting month for the Ministry of Tourism, as we culminate a year of celebrating 50 years of the establishment of tourism promotion, which commenced January 2014.

This final leg of 50 years of tourism is married to tourism week, where there will be a variety of initiatives taking place through out the islands.

Grand Bahama Island kicked off its tourism awareness initiatives on Friday, January 16th with the rest of the country with the 16 island wedding promotion. Our couple from Ohio wed at sanctuary bay to the backdrop of dolphins.

We begin this week of awareness by educating, celebrating and serving the industry and community at large and most importantly, our team will worship together and give thanks with our industry partners and Cacique finalists, on Sunday, February 1st...

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New Scheduled Charter Flights Receive DOT Approval for Bahamas, Keys and New York - Jan 17, 2015 - 8:57:21 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Owners of iJet Charters and Wildcat Touring today announced the launch of scheduled charter flights from Fort Lauderdale to three Bahamas destinations, Key West and a flight from New York to Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco.

“With the approval of the Department of Transportation (DOT) today we will begin bookings for the start of scheduled service on April 2nd,” said Jim Swieter, founder of iJet Charters in Fort Lauderdale, which is providing marketing and reservations for Director of Carrier Meregrass, Inc., DBA Wildcat Touring...
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Missing dive vessel off Grand Bahama found safe - Jan 16, 2015 - 5:00:54 PM

The Ministry of Tourism is pleased to report that the dive vessel that was reported missing yesterday, has been located, and that the eleven persons on board are safe.

The boat was captained by its owner Anton Laing, of Island Life Tours, and the party included visitors from France, Germany, Italy and Canada, as well as two Wyndham employees.

It is our understanding that the excursion left Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach resort at 6am, and later arrived safely at West End.
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16 Weddings Promotion Winners Tie the Knot in Grand Bahama - Jan 16, 2015 - 4:30:06 PM

“16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day” contest winners,  Shametria Almond and Victor Courtney where wed today in Grand Bahama, at the same time another 15 couples were being married around the other Islands of The Bahamas; specifically Acklins, Crooked Island, Abaco, Andros, The Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Inagua, Long Island, Nassau, Paradise Island and San Salvador all at 4pm.

The Grand Bahama wedding ceremony took place at the UNEXSO Dolphin Encounter facility (located in Smith's Point).
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Celebrates “Tourism Week” - Jan 15, 2015 - 8:12:38 PM

In an effort to further educate the public about the importance of the country’s number one industry, Ministry of Tourism officials are celebrating “Tourism Week” from January 16- January 24, 2015.

During that week, tourism officials are expected to flood the media with advertisements, interviews and messages all geared towards engaging the public on the topic of tourism.

The week will close out the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the tourism industry...

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