Down Syndrome Students are Beach Soccer Stars for the Day
- Feb 22, 2017 - 11:14:02 AM
group of students from the Down Syndrome Center got a once-in-a lifetime
opportunity to play beach soccer with some of the top players from The Bahamas,
Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States on Tuesday.
total of 17 children and adults afflicted with the genetic disorder attended
the Bahamas Beach Soccer Foundation Clinic at the new state of the art stadium
at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility and received one-on-one training from
the soccer stars who are in town for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Champions...
Fleming Island High School Tourism Students Visit Grand Bahama Island
- Feb 20, 2017 - 3:41:21 PM
On Friday, February 17th, a group of 36 teachers and students from
Fleming Island High School (Jacksonville, Florida) disembarked the
Carnival Elation to attend a short presentation and take a city tour of
Grand Bahama Island.
The informative presentation, organized by members of the Ministry of
Tourism, kicked off with a short Junkanoo demonstration suited for
As tourism in The Bahamas was the group’s main reason for visiting the
island, the students briefly learned about the history of the islands,
how to travel, where to stay, and last but not least, about all of the
fun filled activities that Grand Bahama Island has to offer...
Bahamas represented at New York Times & Boston Globe Travel Shows
- Feb 20, 2017 - 1:59:39 PM
Low Winter temperatures, a
snowstorm and blizzard, was not enough to stop the Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism Managers, as well as its Hoteliers and representatives from
their Promotion Boards' attendance, at the recent New York Times and
Boston Globe Travel Shows. Their collective participation provided an
impressive representation for The Islands Of The Bahamas.
the weekend of the recent New York Times Travel Show, temperatures
dipped into the 30's. The Boston Globe Travel Show took place the week
that city experienced first a snow storm, a blizzard and then
temperatures that dipped to wind chill factors as low as 13 degrees
below zero. In both instances, teams representing The Bahamas welcomed
Travel agents, media and consumers to their booth to provide them with
information on the Sunny Bahamas as an alternative to the north east
coast winter weather...
More than 120 enter MOT’s song competition
- Feb 20, 2017 - 11:37:20 AM
The Ministry of Tourism’s (MOT) ‘Da Bahamian Ting’ Song Competition
attracted scores of talented singers, songwriters and musicians from
throughout The Islands of The Bahamas.
On February 17, members of MOT’s Culture and Heritage Department counted 124 submissions.
The deadline for submissions was 5:00 p.m...
17th Cacique Awards Finalists Announced
- Feb 17, 2017 - 2:05:28 PM
There are 110 nominees for the 18 categories for the 17th Cacique Awards
and according to the Blue Ribbon Panel selection committee; this
represents more nominees than ever before.
The purpose of the
Cacique Awards is to recognize the roles played by those individuals and
organizations whose performance or products have consistently made a
positive impact on the quality and the growth of tourism in The Bahamas.
Two new categories have been added this year - the Blue Ribbon Panel Award and the Wilfred “Willie” Love Knowles Tourism awards...
Tourism Minister pays tribute to Nathanial Clement "Piccolo Pete" Saunders
- Feb 17, 2017 - 7:43:33 AM
He was Mr. Bimini and the full and colourful life of this cultural ambassador, entertainer,
mariner, fisherman, fishing guide to world celebrities and entrepreneur Nathanial Clement
“Piccolo Pete” Saunders came to a peaceful end after close to a century of promoting and
marketing that slice of Bahamian paradise called Bimini.
With the passing of this legend, an era has come to an end but his life’s work will live on
Born on the 7th November, 1914, Uncle Natty as he was affectionately called was the community’s oldest, most
respected and entertaining personality ...
Tru Tru Bahamian Festival Sees True Growth
- Feb 16, 2017 - 5:09:16 PM
John Watlings Distillery came alive with authentic Bahamian culture on
February 11 when hundreds of locals and visitors came to Delancy Street
for the ‘Tru Tru Bahamian Festival.’
As expected, ‘Tru Tru’ delivered on a variety of Bahamian food, arts and craft and entertainment.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sponsored the event, which was a production of the Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA)...
Graycliff owner named Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement winner
- Feb 16, 2017 - 2:57:48 PM
Members of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the 17th Cacique Awards have
announced that this year’s Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient is Enrico Garzaroli of Graycliff of Nassau.
Mr. Garzaroli is no stranger to The Bahamas’ tourism industry.
When he migrated to The Bahamas from Italy in 1972, he bought a mansion once owned by the notorious pirate Captain Graysmith...
USA Bahamas Tourist Office Sales Team Visits Grand Bahama
- Feb 14, 2017 - 4:48:48 PM
The Grand Bahama Tourist Office, in partnership with the Grand Bahama
Island Tourism Board, recently hosted the USA Bahamas Tourist Office
(BTO) Senior Sales Team to a three-day familiarization trip of Grand
As a part of the team’s core focus coming on the
heels of the CHTA Marketplace, Ministry of Tourism Area Managers from
Plantation, FLA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC and New
York, NY participated in extensive site inspections of hotel properties
and attractions including, Bell Channel Inn, Island Seas Resort, Ocean
Reef Resort, Castaways Resort & Suites, Flamingo Bay Hotel, Taino
Beach Resort, Grand Lucayan’s Lighthouse Pointe, Pelican Bay Hotel, Old
Bahama Bay Resort, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and The Bahamian Brewery...
Air Canada Vacations has a Keen Eye on the Bahamas
- Feb 9, 2017 - 2:30:05 PM
Air Canada Vacations (ACV) recently met with members of
the Bahamas Tourist Board to enhance their current product offerings and
explore the expansion of access to the island.
“We have unrivaled operations to the Bahamas,” said Nino
Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets, Air Canada Vacations. “Not only do
we offer year-round service to the islands’ capital city, we’re also the only
Canadian tour operator to offer year-round service to beautiful Great Exuma...
Bahamas Tourism on Norwegian Cruise Lines dropping Freeport sailing
- Feb 9, 2017 - 11:43:35 AM
Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) has announced that the Norwegian Sky will
begin calls to Havana, Cuba in 2017, dropping Freeport, Grand Bahama
from its scheduled four-day voyage to The Bahamas.
While the Sky
is indeed dropping Freeport from its itinerary for the period May to
the end of 2017, the ship will still call on Nassau and Great Stirrup
Cay during its three- day itinerary and Great Stirrup Cay on its
NCL received approval for a one day per week
sailing into Cuba, and that date coincides with their Freeport stop,
which resulted in them dropping Freeport, Grand Bahama from its 4-day
Bahamas Religious Tourism Boasts of a Spirited Start to 2017
- Feb 8, 2017 - 4:15:05 PM
The conclusion of the 77th Session of the Bahamas Conference of the AME
11th Episcopal District (comprising Florida and The Bahamas) yielded a
fruitful experience for the international and local parishioners who
gathered on Grand Bahama Island for a time of prayer, praise,
proclamation and prophetic engagement, February 1st- 4th, 2017.
four-day event was a spirited start to the 2017 Religious Tourism
series of events, according to Debbie Huyler, Manager for Religious
Huyler shared that the response of the guests to the
Ministry of Tourism’s welcome reception on the opening night of the
conference inspired visiting Bishop Michael Mitchell to inquire about
bringing his conference from Arkansas to Grand Bahama.
Bahamian small businesses to gain exposure at Tru Tru Festival
- Feb 8, 2017 - 12:38:37 AM
The Tru Tru Bahamian festival will not only give patrons a chance to
have a “tru tru” Bahamian experience, but will also give small Bahamian
businesses a chance to gain exposure with locals and visitors.
The festival, which will be held at the John Watlings Distillery, is the
brainchild of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) in
partnership with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and other corporate
77th Session of The Bahamas Conference coming to Grand Bahama Island
- Feb 7, 2017 - 2:04:09 PM
On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 a press conference was held to announce
the 77th Session of The Bahamas Conference of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church, on Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, February 1st – 4th,
The conference, which has been held several times in New
Providence, is a first for the Island of Grand Bahama, which is home to
Cummings Young Temple, host church and just one of the many AME churches
throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas...
It's Better in The Bahamas for CHTA Caribbean Travel Marketplace
- Feb 6, 2017 - 10:18:39 AM
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has praised The
Bahamas after yet another successful hosting of the Caribbean Travel
Marketplace held at Atlantis Hotel and Resort from January 29 - February
The Bahamas has had the fantastic opportunity of hosting CHTA four times in the last six years.
President of CHTA, Karolin Troubetzkoy said doing business with The
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the various Bahamas promotion boards has
proven to be a success time and again...
Stingray Feeding Added to Bahamas Sustainable Tourism Product
- Feb 2, 2017 - 8:44:05 PM
If you’re thinking about experiencing an
aquatic adventure like none other, then West End Ecology Tours’
Stingray Feeding Experience is the perfect activity for you!
tour is a new addition to the sustainable tourism product offering that
is unique to Grand Bahama. It is operated by proprietors Keith and Linda
Cooper who are residents of West End...
The Bahamas Forms Historic Wedding Council
- Feb 2, 2017 - 12:02:21 PM
Tourism executives for the Islands of The Bahamas
came together recently at the Renaissance Hotel in Plantation, Florida
to form the Bahamas Wedding Council. The group believed to be the first
of its kind for the Caribbean is made up of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
(BMOT) officials, hotel suppliers and wedding experts, to gather
intelligence and further grow the lucrative wedding and romance market.
Deputy Director General for the BMOT, Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, said he
was “pleased with the high level of interest shown and honest and
valuable dialogue shared by the group...
H. Forbes Charter Services Blesses Five New Buses
- Jan 28, 2017 - 2:12:19 PM
On Wednesday, January 25th, the owners of H. Forbes Charter Services,
staff members, members of the Ministry of Tourism and representatives of
the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board gathered at St. John’s Jubilee
Cathedral to bless the arrival of five new buses.
was officiated by Bishop Godfrey Williams and purposed to give thanks to
God and send prayers for guidance and protection before the buses are
put into service...
Fort Fincastle to be restored and marketed as a heritage park
- Jan 27, 2017 - 9:28:59 AM
Fort Fincastle, the Water Tower, and the Queen’s
Staircase are all pillars of Bahamian history and will have a massive
upgrade over the next few months to breathe life into the country’s most
visited tourist attraction.
The plans for the new and improved
fort include a restoration of the water tower, cleanup of the
surrounding areas, acquisition and lease of neighboring properties, a
commercialized restaurant, proposals to terrace the area, as well as
improved parking and exhibition opportunities...
‘Da Bahamian Ting’ Song Competition Deadline Extended to Feb. 17
- Jan 26, 2017 - 1:11:18 PM
Scores of talented Bahamians have been busy composing new and exciting
songs for the Ministry of Tourism’s Da Bahamian Ting Song Competition.
Carey, coordinator in the Heritage and Culture Department of the
Ministry of Tourism, said the department has been flooded with
submissions from enthusiastic Bahamians.
“We are really surprised by the response. It’s been amazing. We have had
interest and submissions from a lot of professional and amateur
musicians, songwriters, bands and school choirs. It’s not just people in
Nassau either, we’ve had folks call from the Exumas, Eleuthera and
Grand Bahama too,” Carey said...