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The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022. - Jan 12, 2021 - 7:54:57 PM

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The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022.

The Bahamas Charter Yacht Show Committee has announced today, “That after much thought and consideration to the charter yachts and crew participating, charter brokers travelling from abroad, and out of respect for the Government and people of The Bahamas during this COVID environment, the annual Bahamas Charter Yacht Show, scheduled for February of 2021 in Nassau...
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What’s new in The Islands of The Bahamas in 2021 - Jan 12, 2021 - 1:55:58 PM

The Islands of The Bahamas are kicking off the New Year with new hotel opening, continued reopenings and increased airlift from major international markets, giving travelers plenty of reasons to add the destination to their 2021 bucket lists. With the new and improved Bahamas.com, future travelers can explore all that the islands have to offer while planning their next Bahamian getaway.

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The Bahamas Invites Santa to Defrost on Stocking Island ­– After a busy holiday season, The Bahamas has invited Santa to hang up his suit...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on the passing of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart - Jan 5, 2021 - 5:15:38 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation extends sincere condolences on the passing of Gordon “Butch” Stewart.  

Two decades ago, the visionary Jamaican hotelier Butch Stewart brought the Sandals brand to The Bahamas and joined hands with us in building a leading tourism destination.

Today, as we mourn the passing of a global trailblazer in the hospitality industry...
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Canadians face new mandatory PCR test before turning to Canada - Jan 4, 2021 - 4:38:58 PM

As news emerged concerning a new variant of the Covid-19 virus circulating in the United Kingdom, Canada acted swiftly to cancel all flights from the UK to Canada. Additionally, effective January 7th, 2021, the Government of Canada has imposed an additional requirement for all visitors to Canada as well as returning nationals who must have a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada and uploaded to the “ArriveCAN” website or app, to be shown to airline and border officials on arrival.,,
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Santa Arrives in The Bahamas for an Extended Stay on Stocking Island - Dec 30, 2020 - 7:22:46 PM

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This year has been long and taxing for everyone — even the world’s jolliest. As an essential worker, Santa’s annual duties this year came with the added pressure of spreading more cheer than ever before.

As a token of appreciation, The Bahamas invited Santa to hang up his suit and hat after the holidays and spend the next year defrosting on Stocking Island in the picturesque Exuma Cays. By gifting Santa and Mrs. Claus complimentary BEATS visas (Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay)...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on recent amendment to the Emergency Orders - Dec 28, 2020 - 11:50:01 PM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation notes the recent amendment to the Emergency Orders with regard to the use of hotels and their related facilities by the general public.

The purpose of this new Order is to safeguard the use of hotels by all persons and to mitigate any negative impact the Coronavirus may have on this critical component of our tourism sector...
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2020 In Review: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism reflects on a difficult year and looks forward to brighter days to come - Dec 20, 2020 - 11:07:38 PM

As 2020 comes to an end, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is once again reflecting on a remarkably historic and challenging year. After celebrating a record-breaking seven million visitors in 2019, the country was poised for continued growth and tourism-driven prosperity, thanks to planned increases in airlift from several major airlines, not to mention the endorsement of international media outlets, such as The New York Times, Frommer’s and The Globe and Mail, among others, that had touted The Bahamas as a must-visit destination in 2020...
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Tourism Links with Agriculture - Dec 20, 2020 - 12:35:30 PM

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A groundbreaking strategic alliance has been formally entered into as a result of an initiative of the Tourism Development Corporation.  Recently, Ministers D’Aguilar and Pintard joined forces and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a new initiative and seat the Agritourism Committee to engender a viable and visible linkage with local farmers and fishermen with the hospitality industry

Patterned on Agritourism successes achieved in Eastern Caribbean countries like Barbados, St Lucia...
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The Islands of The Bahamas swept The 2020 Travel Award Circuit - Dec 20, 2020 - 11:58:00 AM

Despite an unprecedented year, The Bahamas continues to position itself as a leading Caribbean travel destination and received top accolades from consumer, trade and niche vertical award shows. With its unique geography of 16 major islands and hundreds of cays, the islands appeal to travelers eager to get away and indulge in a secluded vacation. As the island nation looks back at 2020, with a number of awards from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Caribbean Journal under its belt, The Bahamas is determined to have an even brighter 2021...
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The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation launches Revamped Bahamas.com - Dec 16, 2020 - 6:43:23 PM

As The Islands of The Bahamas continues to welcome back international visitors ahead of the holiday season, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation has relaunched Bahamas.com with new features and functionalities allowing consumers to easily plan their next vacation. The new, user-friendly interface includes tools to promote key passion points for travellers, such as romance, meetings and events and adventure...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Culture and straw craft products are on display at Broward Mall - Dec 1, 2020 - 6:05:18 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) has teamed up with the organizers of the Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (SPACE) Caribbean Museum, to showcase the history, authentic Junkanoo culture and straw industry of The Bahamas. Island SPACE is mounting an 18-month long exhibit at the Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation, Florida, to put on display diverse aspects of Caribbean culture. The first six months of the exhibit will be dedicated to The Bahamas destination, solely.  An official opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Mall sometime in January 2021...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation appoints 14 Diving & Boating Ambassadors - Nov 24, 2020 - 11:23:18 AM

Mr. Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, Deputy Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) announced today, the historic appointments of fourteen new Diving and Boating Ambassadors for the Islands of The Bahamas.  The hand selected professionals are influential experts in scuba diving, boating, travel, underwater photography, media relations and marketing, and they all share a deep affinity for The Bahamas...
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What's New In The Islands of The Bahamas This Winter - Nov 24, 2020 - 10:33:39 AM

Nassau, Bahamas,  – It’s Better in The Bahamas this winter as the country welcomes international visitors to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. From hotel reopenings with exciting deals to the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board’s $500 air credit, The Bahamas is the perfect destination for travelers seeking an escape from the cold this holiday season...
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The Bahamas meets with Black Planners at 37th Annual National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals Virtual Conference - Nov 22, 2020 - 10:04:17 AM

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The Islands of The Bahamas was the only international destination represented and presenting at the recent National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) Virtual Conference under the theme Focused and Empowered.

Executive Director of Product Quality and Support at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, Dr. Kenneth Romer, was a speaker on a town hall panel and took the opportunity to educate the 400 meeting planners and audience on the impact that COVID-19 has had on tourism in The Bahamas and the key recovery efforts that are being implemented. He also shared new development updates.
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The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation hosts its first ever Virtual Thanksgiving Service - Nov 13, 2020 - 11:05:46 AM

During its recently held annual service of thanksgiving, under the theme, “What Are You Grateful for?” Senior Executives and Staff of the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation gathered virtually in a spirit of thanksgiving to offer thanks to Almighty God for His many blessings. 

 Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Travis Robinson charged his Ministry colleagues to maintain an attitude of gratitude in the face of challenging times brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic...
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National Report By Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar - Oct 31, 2020 - 6:55:00 PM

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Please see enclosed the National Report Tourism Re-Opening Update -- by Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar, October 31, 2020:

Good Morning.

I want to start my remarks this morning with a definitive statement.  

Effective tomorrow, Sunday, November 1, 2020, The Bahamas will be removing the mandatory 14-day quarantine, as promised.  Foreign visitors will be welcomed to our country, to stay at our hotels, to go to our beaches...

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The Islands of The Bahamas announces updated travel and entry protocols - Oct 31, 2020 - 6:09:14 PM

The Islands of The Bahamas today announced streamlined entry protocols that will enable visitors to better and more seamlessly enjoy The Bahamas vacation experience.

Effective 1 November 2020, The Bahamas will require all travelers to:

  1.     Obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR test five (5) days prior to arrival...
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Nothing Beats The Bahamas: The tropical destination launches New Extended-Stay Program - Oct 29, 2020 - 7:05:52 PM

The days of daydreaming of paradise from your makeshift home office or classroom are over. The Islands of The Bahamas announced its new Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) program, a one-year residency permit designed to allow professionals and students to pack their laptop and their swimwear as they march to the island rhythm of their own drum, remotely, from The Bahamas...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Living With COVID Coalition partner to secure 3 Million COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests - Oct 25, 2020 - 4:20:12 PM

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As The Islands of The Bahamas moves towards safely and effectively discontinuing its current “Vacation in Place” protocol, and begins to implement new testing requirements for all visitors, returning citizens and residents on 1st November, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has announced a solution for securing a steady supply of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. 

Through a public-private partnership with the Living With COVID Coalition (LWCC),
 a not-for-profit coalition within the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), The Bahamas will have access to as many as 3 million World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health-approved rapid antigen tests...
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BahamaHost Goes Digital - Oct 13, 2020 - 5:26:57 PM

In the wake of Covid-19, the Ministry of Tourism has transitioned the BahamaHost Program to a digital platform. The program, in its new digital format, allows the Ministry to continue to engage attendees in talent development, skills training, attitudinal training, and customer relations workshops. For more than 40 years, the BahamaHost program has been the tourism industry’s premier training program...
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