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Bahamas Maritime heavily marketed in Monaco - Oct 9, 2019 - 3:45:32 PM

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At the recent Monaco Yacht Show, Tourism officials and stakeholders continued to drive the message that, in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, The Islands Of The Bahamas is open for business.

During the event, which took place September 25 -28, and featured over 600 exhibitors and 125 superyachts, Senior Director of Cruise and Maritime Development Carla Stuart continued the charge:

“The good thing is and what yachters love about The Bahamas is that there are so many diverse islands....
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Bahamas Tourism and National Association of the Bahamas at Rum Conference with John Watling's Distillery - Oct 3, 2019 - 3:44:15 PM

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The sales team of the Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida recently partnered with John Watling’s, a Bahamian distillery showcasing at the International Rum Conference 2019, to promote the 14 Bahama Islands still open for business.

The International Rum Conference, formerly known as the Congreso del Ron, which moved from Madrid to Coral Gables, Florida, invited the National Association of The Bahamas (NAB), a Florida based Bahamian association, to its two-day event, and encouraged attendees to make donations to NAB for relief efforts toward those affected by the catastrophic Hurricane Dorian...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism visits Montreal to provide Tourism Updates and urge Canadian travel after Hurricane Dorian - Sep 30, 2019 - 9:15:41 PM

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Top executives of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) this week traveled to Montreal, Canada to host events with top travel agents and journalists to deliver the message that The Islands Of The Bahamas are open for business and ready to welcome Canadian travelers following Hurricane Dorian.

In partnership with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations,  Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar and Deputy Director General Ellison 'Tommy' Thompson provided key destination updates and offered travel industry media and partners...
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Bahamas Tourism Florida Sales Team Host Travel Agent Event with American Airlines In wake of Hurricane Dorian - Sep 23, 2019 - 11:30:18 AM

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The Islands Of The Bahamas recently partnered with American Airlines to host a ‘Sip and Paint’ networking opportunity for some of American Airlines’ top travel professionals in the Miami area.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s District Marketing Manager, Tina Lee, in brief remarks before the painting started, said, “We (The Bahamas) have been severely impacted by the hurricane  (Dorian), but it’s important for us to do these industry events, as well as consumer events...
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AIBT Told, Bahamas is Still Open for Business - Sep 14, 2019 - 8:15:01 AM

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Despite the recent passing and devastation of two major islands by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago, the country’s Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson, told industry leaders that the country is still ‘open for business.’

Mr. Johnson made the statement while addressing the Association of International Bank & Trust (AIBT) Companies, September 11, 2019 at Baha Mar Convention Centre.The theme for this year’s Nassau conference is “Evolution: Substance, Transparency & Opportunity...”
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Bahamas Tourism Update on Hurricane Dorian and the Islands of the Bahamas - Sep 2, 2019 - 4:21:49 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) continues to track the progress of Hurricane Dorian.  Hurricane Dorian is expected to remain extremely dangerous through Monday, September 2 as it slowly moves west, tracking over parts of the Northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, September 1.

“This is a dynamic weather system that we continue to monitor closely to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu. “The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles, which means that the effects of Hurricane Dorian will vary greatly...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Hurricane Dorian Update - Aug 30, 2019 - 8:30:27 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) continues to track the progress of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to become a major hurricane today, Friday, August 30, and remain extremely dangerous through the weekend as it moves near the Northwest Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for the islands of the Northwest Bahamas: Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Berry Islands, North Eleuthera, North Andros and New Providence...
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Delta adds winter flying from U.S. hubs to top Caribbean destinations - Aug 26, 2019 - 4:45:36 PM

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Delta will offer more flights to top Caribbean destinations beginning this winter, with additional service between four of its U.S. hubs and San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nassau, Bahamas; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.   

“Responding to increasing demand from our customers, we look forward to adding more options between the U.S. and the leading business and leisure destinations in the Caribbean,” said Luciano Macagno, Managing Director...
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MOTA conducts Special Fly Out to Grand Bahama for FBO’s, Flying Ambassadors and Aviation Media - Aug 26, 2019 - 8:00:53 AM

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The Vertical Department team of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) recently led a group of forty persons comprising private pilots, flying ambassadors, fixed based operators  (FB0) and aviation media professionals to Freeport, Grand Bahama, for a familiarization trip of the destination. 

The group, made up of representatives from Florida Aero Club, Stuart Jet Center, ATA Flight School, Jetscape, Aerospace, Banyan Air Service, Atlantic Aviation and Women in Aviation, departed from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, on August 15 and returned on August 18, 2019.  Media representatives from Aviation International News and 121fiveonline flew commercially...
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Florida’s Hot 105 Radio Live Remote Broadcast from Freeport Highlights Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Fest - Aug 14, 2019 - 10:18:28 AM

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The Islands Of The Bahamas recently partnered with the Wiggins Agency in South Florida to host a live remote broadcast from Freeport, Grand Bahama with S Florida’s Hot 105 FM’S on air personality, James T. Also partnering in the promotion was Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of The Bahamas, who recently increased its air loads to Grand Bahama including jet service from Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The remote promoted summertime fun in Freeport including the Annual Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival.

The broadcast back to S. Florida radio listeners, took place Saturday from the Pavilion of Freeport’s Grand Lucayan Resort Lighthouse Point.  The lineup of on-air guests included a cross section of Grand Bahama Island tourism stakeholders...
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Veteran Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Executive receives Coveted Apex Award in Hospitality and Tourism - Aug 12, 2019 - 12:02:41 PM

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Linville Johnson, a Sr. Executive of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) has joined a privileged list. The group includes Tourism Ministers, Governors, CEO’s and Presidents of major national organizations and associations who are all among past recipients of the coveted Apex Award, presented annually by Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine.

Johnson, currently responsible for BMOTA’s Multi-Cultural Market development, was one of the recipients of the Award at the recent Annual gala culminating the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD)...
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Junkanoo Summer Festival resumes this Saturday ends on August 17 - Aug 8, 2019 - 9:46:29 AM

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The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is proud to resume Junkanoo Summer Festival this Saturday at Arawak Cay.

The event that culminates all aspects of Bahamian culture is the ministry’s most anticipated signature event of the season and is a delight for both locals and visitors.

Patrons of the event enjoy mouthwatering Bahamian dishes from 21 vendors, marvel at authentic Bahamian arts and craft...
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Good News From The Bahamas - Jul 31, 2019 - 4:00:36 PM

With exciting new openings and events, the month of June set The Islands Of The Bahamas up for an exciting summer. From the announcement of NBC’s The Voice coming to Baha Mar for a new summer concert series to the opening of the world’s first land-based coral farm, these new activities are sure to draw in tourists. Andros’ Small Hope Bay Lodge, Harbour Island’s Valentines Resort & Marina and the Nassau Airport Development Company...
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MOTA Partners With Cvent To Grow Group Bookings - Jul 29, 2019 - 1:15:33 PM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) has hit a homerun through a partnership with Cvent – a leading meeting, events, and hospitality management technology company.

In just a year of the partnership, The Islands Of The Bahamas has seen group bookings for meetings increase by nine percent...
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Bahamas Fully Represented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Show - Jul 26, 2019 - 10:30:01 AM

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The aviation team of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) is out in full force at the 2019 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh Show, taking place July 21-28, 2019 in Wisconsin. The team led by Captain Greg Rolle, Senior Director, Sports and Vertical Markets, MOTA and Frederick Donathan, Aviation Consultant, MOTA is comprised of representatives from MOTA, Royal Bahamas Police Force (aviation arm) and Bahamas Customs Department.

Now in its 50th year, the EAA AirVenture Show is the largest aviation show in the world, and each year attracts in excess of 500,000 pilots...
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Bahamas Goombay Summer In Freeport a hit with Florida & Georgia Travel Agents - Jul 24, 2019 - 3:20:26 PM

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Authentic Bahamian cultural activities, including the Goombay Summer Festival, were a big hit for a recent group of Florida and Georgia travel agents who visited Freeport, Grand Bahama for a familiarization trip.

The group included about 40 travel agents from the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Atlanta areas, all of whom had been exposed to The Bahamas product through seminars or presentations during the year... 
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Goombay Summer Festival 2019 Brings The Sizzle To Summer - Jul 16, 2019 - 4:30:54 PM

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Residents and visitors to Harbour Island got an opportunity to celebrate all things  Bahamian at the Ministry of Tourism’s annual Goombay Summer Festival on Friday July 5th-7th 2019.

Working in collaboration with industry partners in Long Island to extend the itinerary of festivities beginning with the  American Independence celebrations, Ministry of Tourism representatives capitalized on a major opportunity to showcase Bahamian music, food and culture all uniquely packaged to show what Harbour Island has to offer...
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Bahamas and Canada Ink Air Service Agreement - Jul 16, 2019 - 10:02:04 AM

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The Bahamas and Canada inked an historic bilateral Air Transport agreement recently to encourage more Canadian aviation companies to flock to the destination.

According to Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, the agreement also allows Bahamian aviation companies to take advantage of economic opportunities in Canada.

“This agreement solidifies our relationship with Canada as it relates to aviation. And so, this agreement sets out the steps by which aviation companies...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and Air Canada Host Fam Trip for Top Chinese Travel Agents - Jul 4, 2019 - 12:00:55 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation partnered with Air Canada, Atlantis Paradise Island, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and Grand Isle Resort to host senior level managers from twelve leading Chinese travel agencies to a familiarization visit to The Islands Of The Bahamas.

The objective of the fam trip was for these agents to gain a comprehensive overview and understanding of the destination, and to connect with local industry suppliers so that they could create customized travel itineraries for their clients visiting from China...
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Closing Conclave for Latest Cohort of Local Government Junior Councilors - Jul 3, 2019 - 7:46:32 PM

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The Ministry of Transport and Local Government held a 2018/2019 Junior Council Programme Closing Ceremony at SuperClubs Breezes, July 2, 2019.  The Junior Councilors of the programme represented 15 local government districts and 19 schools throughout The Bahamas. Over the past year, the students participated in a variety of community activities on their respective islands including beach clean-up -- adoption and restoration of beaches that house marine ecosystems -- donating food and care packages to underprivileged persons...
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