Bahamas Tourism Tapping into Billion-Dollar Sector
- Aug 29, 2016 - 7:18:18 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas — The Ministry of Tourism is aiming to tap into a
billion-dollar travel sector that has long been overlooked and will now
begin to place accessibility at the heart of tourism development in The
Director in the Office of the Minister Janet Johnson explained that accessible tourism caters to visitors and residents alike.
seeks to remove all barriers that would hinder and deny disabled
persons and even some of our aging baby-boomer population, with their
growing aches and pains, from enjoying easy access to everyday
Bonding in The Bahamas
- Aug 27, 2016 - 8:53:07 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas — When Marvin Menzies took over as head coach of the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Running Rebels basketball team he knew
the team needed time to bond and soon set his sights on The Bahamas for
“It’s a big benefit,” he said of being in The Bahamas.
“[We have a] brand new coach, new staff and new players and so with all that newness we needed some time together...
The America Cantat 8: Bahamas International Choral Festival
- Aug 25, 2016 - 2:52:06 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – International choirs have joined with Bahamian
national choirs to create a week of music of the Americas radiating from
Nassau city churches, and The College of The Bahamas from Sunday,
August 21 through August 30. It is a unique festival of song, free of
charge. Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe welcomed the choirs
to this Bahamas International Choral Festival at an Opening Ceremony on
Sunday at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
The choir participants are
young people of the Americas, from the north, Canada, through warmer
climes. Concerts take place at mid-day at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian
Kirk, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Zion Baptist Church, and Trinity
Faith Fest – Expected to Attract Hundreds to Grand Bahama
- Aug 18, 2016 - 6:00:57 AM
PLANTATION, Florida - Grand Bahama
Island can expect to see a spike in visitors, October 27-29, 2016 as
hundreds converge at the beautiful Grand Lucayan Resort to attend Faith
Fest, a fun-filled weekend designed for spiritual immersion and physical
The event led by Bishop Henry Fernandez, Sr.
Pastor at the Faith Center in Florida, is a joint partnership with the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) and its Religious Tourism Department.
Tourism, which is also commonly referred to as faith tourism, targets
people who travel individually or in groups to destinations for the
purpose of pilgrimage, missionary or for leisure fellowship. It is
estimated that some 40 million persons in this growing tourism sector,
spends approximately four billion dollars to visit places of worship,
missions and for the discovery of Christian culture.
Bahamas Minister dubs Shaunae Miller an Official Tourism Ambassador
- Aug 17, 2016 - 12:23:25 AM
BMOT Celebrates Gold Medal Victory at Olympics
Bahamas — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) wishes to congratulate
Shaunae Miller on her thrilling gold medal victory at the 2016 Olympics
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Millions of viewers were glued to
their television sets and portable devices as Miller, 22, edged out her
fellow competitors during the women’s 400-meter final to become the
fastest female quarter-miler in the world.
Junkanoo Summer Festival Kicks Off In The West
- Aug 11, 2016 - 7:55:51 AM
WEST GRAND BAHAMA- Just one week after the grand finale of Goombay
Summer Festival in Freeport, the Ministry of Tourism launched its
Junkanoo Summer Festival in West Grand Bahama.
of Eight Mile Rock and West End came to life as the ultimate junkanoo
showdown kicked off at Sunset Village on Friday and on Bayshore Road on
Saturday, giving residents and visitors alike a double dose of culture,
music and excitement.
The kickoff event gave 150 visitors the
opportunity to experience more than junkanoo; they experienced the
hospitality of West Grand Bahama, coupled with fresh Bahamian seafood
dishes, conch cracking and coconut husking demonstrations, along with
the sounds of Rake ‘n’ Scrape.
Jonquel Jones and Buddy Hield's Summertime Homecoming
- Aug 11, 2016 - 12:03:24 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – A few short weeks after the nation
celebrated 43 years of Independence, a strong feeling of pride took over
the island of Grand Bahama as Jonquel Jones and Chavano “Buddy” Hield
Coming back home for the first time since both
being selected as the 6th pick at the NBA and WNBA 2016 drafts,
respectively, Hield, an Eight Mile Rock boy and Jones, a Holmes Rock
girl had a lot to celebrate...
Goombay Summer Festival 2016
- Aug 10, 2016 - 7:31:23 AM
TAINO BEACH, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND- The 2016 Goombay Summer Festival
season on Grand Bahama Island, July 7th-28th was nothing short of
fantastic for the hundreds of residents and visitors that attended the
event over the course of the four weeks.
From the lively street
performances to the headliners on the big stage, the festival showcased
the best of the best in Bahamian music, dance and arts and crafts.
week visitors from as far as Mexico, Zimbabwe, Canada and the United
States of America showed up at the festival to experience the culture of
American Astronaut Scott Kelly visits The Bahamas to prove it is just as beautiful up close
- Aug 9, 2016 - 12:07:12 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas — Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly touched down on the
beautiful shores of The Bahamas this weekend to experience firsthand
the beauty and culture of the islands he gazed on from space during his
time orbiting Earth.
The famous American astronaut accepted the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s invitation to visit The Bahamas after he
returned to Earth in March following a year-long mission in space.
his daughter, and significant other had dinner with Minister of Tourism
Obie Wilchcombe on Sunday at the historic Graycliff restaurant...
Southwest introduces new non-stop flight to Nassau
- Aug 8, 2016 - 4:51:55 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas - Southwest Airlines has connected The Bahamas to
additional markets throughout the United States with the introduction of
its new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Nassau.
August 7, 2016, Bahamian pilot Sean Smith proudly flew the 143-seat
Boeing 737 into Lynden Pindling International Airport, officially
declaring the route active...
Astronaut Scott Kelly dines with Bahamas tourism officials
- Aug 8, 2016 - 3:46:57 PM
Bahamas – US Astronaut Scott Kelly and his family enjoyed dinner with Minister
of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe at famous Graycliff restaurant on Sunday
evening, August 7, 2016.
Dinner guests at the special occasion included Minister Wilchcombe, centre right, Mr. Kelly, centre
left, and next to the Minister, the Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu, US Embassy
Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary
Harrison Thompson, and (at left in the photo) Deputy Director of Tourism E. “Tommy”
Valley Boys crowned Junkanoo Summer Festival champions
- Aug 5, 2016 - 3:02:58 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas - After an electrifying four-week battle, a winner has emerged from the 2016 Junkanoo Summer Festival (JSF).
The Valley Boys Junkanoo group was officially crowned the winner of this year’s festival, winning three of the major categories.
a smile on his face, John Williams, free dancer of the Valley Boys said
like every competition, the Valley enters to prove a point and their
point has once again been made...
Bahamas Building On Its Partnership With EAA AirVenture
- Aug 4, 2016 - 2:28:11 PM
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
AirVenture Convention, held July 24-31, 2016 at the Wittman Regional
Airport in OshKosh, Wisconsin ended successfully for the organizers of
this event, but even moreso for the Islands of The Bahamas. The Bahamas
was the sole foreign country featured in the International Federal
Partnership (IFP) Pavilion during the eight-day convention.
EAA AirVenture, the largest aviation convention in the world attracted
more than 800,000 aviation enthusiasts and some 11,000 aircrafts ranging
in size from home built to war jets and featured daily air shows with
amazing aerobatic acts from synchronized formations to parachute jumpers
and daring wing-walking stunts...
Rotary Club of Lucaya Learns of Modernized Bahamas Customs Department
- Aug 3, 2016 - 1:39:52 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Sherick "Sharky" Martin, assistant
controller of Bahamas Customs, Northern Bahamas, presented the topic, "A
Modern Bahamas Customs" to the Rotary Club of Lucaya at its weekly
meeting, August 2, at Ruby Swiss Restaurant.
Martin discussed the
role of the Bahamas Customs Department and explained: "Our department
has promoted over the years a harmonized and simplified customs
procedures aimed at facilitating trade that will enhance economic
prosperity and social development.
Run for Pompey Expected to Showcase Exuma, and Pay Tribute to Cultural Hero
- Aug 3, 2016 - 9:50:23 AM
A record number of participants is expected to hit the roads for Run for
Pompey, the event set for October in Exuma celebrating Bahamian
history, culture and sport, according to organizers and Tourism
officials who revealed details today at a press conference at BAF
Headquarters, Independence Drive, Nassau.
“The Ministry of
Tourism is very pleased to lend its support to the 2nd Annual Run for
Pompey,” said Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson, Deputy Director General,
Ministry of Tourism. “Pompey is one of our first national heroes, so
it’s appropriate that this Run will be held on National Heroes Day. Run
for Pompey has all the elements of a Tourism winner, opportunities to
bring visitors and locals together for a weekend of activities that
brings focus to Exuma’s unique history and stunning beauty...
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Touts Success
- Jul 31, 2016 - 11:28:57 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas — Director General in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Joy Jibrilu revealed yesterday that the ministry’s aggressive campaign
to attract visitors to The Bahamas and strengthen the country’s market
share are paying dividends.
During a press conference in the
British Colonial Hilton, Jibrilu, flanked by Permanent Secretary
Harrison Thompson and Deputy Director General Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson,
noted that the country is seeing increase interest from tourists around
Jibrilu revealed that visitor arrivals are trending upward...
Bahamas Makes History and is Sanctioned “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors” at 2016 EAA AirVenture
- Jul 30, 2016 - 6:52:32 AM
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental
success and set historic records on the international front, this time
being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National
Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The announcement was made
on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
and accepted by representatives of the Bahamas Department of Civil
Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
which has a membership of 3,300 weather professionals, started the
‘Weather Ready Nation Ambassador” initiative three years ago to educate
its citizens on the importance of preparedness and protection in weather
MOT Reveals Baha Mar Delay Did Not Change Bahamas Annual Visitor Statistics
- Jul 29, 2016 - 4:05:42 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Despite delay in Baha Mar’s opening, annual
visitor statistics continue to increase steadily with the current boost
of international and domestic tourism initiatives and increasing cruise
and air travel stopovers throughout the 700 islands of The Bahamas,
Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu announced at a briefing by the
Ministry in the Governor’s Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, July
Mrs. Jibrilu expressed a desire to encourage more
Bahamians to vacation at home within the Family Islands to support
domestic tourism and keep Bahamian money home. She said that according
to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Bahamas tourism has
contributed a total of BSD $4,129.3 million or 46.9 percent of GDP in
2015 and expects a rise of 2.6 percent in 2016...
Relationship of Bahamas and US Government Agencies Featured And Heightened at 2016 EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin
- Jul 28, 2016 - 4:32:23 PM
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin –“The partnership between The Bahamas Government
agencies and that of the United States Federal Government including the
US Customs and Border Protection agencies continues to strengthen,
heighten in success and reap mutually rewarding dividends for the two
nations,” says Greg Rolle, Pilot and Sr. Director of Sales, Marketing
and Sports, at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
made the comments while leading a team of Bahamas Government officials
including representatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
Department of Civil Aviation, Customs and Royal Bahamas Police Force at
the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference...
Team Bahamas Ready for CAGC next week
- Jul 22, 2016 - 2:56:23 PM
With just days before Bahamian golfers tee off against their Caribbean
counterparts, President of the Bahamas Golf Federation Glen Archer said
the local team is "brimming with confidence" and predicted that The
Bahamas will dominate the upcoming regional competition.
Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships is set to kick off on Monday at
One and Only Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.
from Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and
Tobago, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are participating.