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Bahamas Minister of Tourism Receives APEX Award at National Association of Black Hotel Owners - Jul 22, 2014 - 10:52:14 PM

Miami, Florida - Demonstrating a great love and passion for his country, Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Obie Wilchcombe became the newest APEX (APEX symbolizes the level of excellence) award recipient as the three-day hotel investment came to close last weekend.

In his acceptance speech, the tourism minister said being recognized by industry professionals is an added bonus for a job that he “loves and finds such pleasure in doing.”...
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Caribbean Little League Regional Tournament Swing’s Over to Grand Bahama - Jul 19, 2014 - 8:26:41 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Little Leaguers from throughout the region are warming up for one of the most exciting events to hit the Caribbean baseball circuit, the 2014 Caribbean Little League Regional Baseball Tournament. After a thirteen year hiatus, the tournament returns Grand Bahama with ten days of Grand Slam action. Vice President of the Bahamas Baseball Federation, Mr. Eddie Clarke brought the event to Grand Bahama for a second time to give The Islands of The Bahamas, the much needed exposure that they truly deserve.

With 200 plus Little Leaguers representing eight Caribbean countries including: Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; joined by two Bahamian teams, representing New Providence and Grand Bahama, the teams will be competing for an opportunity to qualify for the Little League World Series...
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Special recognition for Ethel Rice who has visited The Bahamas for 35 years - Jul 18, 2014 - 12:02:35 PM

Of all the places in the world that Ethel Rice could visit every year, she chooses The Bahamas.

The youthful 80-year-old has been coming to The Bahamas for 35 years only missing one, as she was recovering from surgery.

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism presented Mrs. Rice with a basket filled with Bahamian goodies and a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in recognition of 35 years of visits to The Bahamas.

The presentation was made at the Paradise Island Beach Club...
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Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson Golf Challenge set for Grand Bahama in July - Jul 18, 2014 - 7:22:03 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - The countdown is on for the Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson Golf Challenge, slated for July 21st- 22nd, 2014 on Grand Bahama Island.

With the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand BahamaIsland Tourism Board being a part of the tournament’s sponsorship team, this sports tourism event is poised to receive significant attention and support throughout the industry.

Betty Bethel, Directorfor Grand Bahama Island indicated in a press conference on Wednesday, July 9th that sports tourism is a $600 billion dollar business and the ministry acknowledges its importance as the vehicle to drive business to the Islands of The Bahamas. A sponsorship check was presented to Mr. Ambrose Gouthro...

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Bahamas to Promote Wild Life Tourism - Jul 18, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM

In the wake of the repatriation of 11 rock iguanas to The Bahamas, Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett said recently that he is hoping that the incident spawns awareness for wild life tourism.

The iguanas returned home this past week on board a British Airways flight escorted by UK border control officials, doctors and police guard.

The animals went through quite an ordeal after two Russian women tried to smuggle them in socks through Heathrow airport in London on February 3.Officials said the iguana’s final destination was France as they were set to be sold for $35,000 a piece.

The women -Angla-Alina Bita, and Vitora-Oliva Bucsa, from Romania were later jailed for the crime.

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Bahamas Tourism Officials Driving Business in Europe - Jul 17, 2014 - 11:55:06 PM

London, England – Tourism officials from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism have been in London for ten days to drive business to The Bahamas and meet with staff from the Europe offices. The team included Director General Joy Jibrilu, Deputy Director General Tommy Thompson, Director of Airlift Development Tyrone Sawyer and new Director of Europe Anthony Stuart.

Joy Jibrilu hit the ground running in her new role as The Ministry of Tourism’s new Director General. Mrs. Jibrilu along with her senior management team conducted business meetings with tour operators throughout the UK and Germany over a period of ten days. The Director General stated that she and her team mean business and they are serious about driving up numbers from the European market.

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Junkanoo voted best Caribbean festival - Jul 16, 2014 - 7:57:15 PM

The country’s premier celebration Junkanoo has beaten all other celebrations in the Caribbean in USA Today’s top and 10 best listing.

The competition began four weeks, when readers of the news site were asked to vote on the top 10 best celebrations.

Junkanoo beat out celebrations like Trinidad’s Carnival, Cancun’s Riveria Wine and Food festival; St. Thomas’ Carnival and even Cropover in Barbados to claim the top spot...
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Disney treats Indian family to Bahamas vacation - Jul 16, 2014 - 10:15:18 AM

A Disney Channel India contest landed a family of five a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a free trip on Disney Cruise Lines and the opportunity to explore all the touristic sites New Providence has to offer.

Seven-year-old Karmanye Kholsa entered the contest back in May.

When the family arrived on July 14, they were given the royal treatment. The family was also filmed for a Disney commercial that will be seen all around the world.Manav Khosla, Karmanye’s father, said he was thrilled about the win and being in The Bahamas.

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Grand Bahama Goombay Summer‏ Opens - Jul 15, 2014 - 12:55:41 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Ministry of Tourism officials participate in the official opening of Goombay Summer in Grand Bahama at Freeport's Taino Beach on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism, meets and chats with visiting tourists at the Goombay festivities on Taino Beach July 10, 2014.

Joy Jibrilu, the new Director General Ministry of Tourism and Betty Bethel, manager of Freeport along with her term at the ministry, enjoy the official opening of Goombay Summer...

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The sounds of Junkanoo brings Bay Street alive - Jul 13, 2014 - 7:30:53 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - It was all about the sounds of Junkanoo bringing Bay Street alive during the second week of the Summer Junkanoo Festival in July this past weekend.

On Friday, July 11, B Category Junkanoo Groups and on Saturday, July 12, A Category Junkanoo Groups had tourists and residents dancing on Bay Street and debating which group sounded better as this weekend’s competition focused on the music of Junkanoo. So it was time for the backlines of the groups that participated to shine...
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41 Bahamian Cultural Legends Honoured - Jul 11, 2014 - 10:14:26 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Forty-one cultural giants were surrounded by government officials, friends and family recently as they were honoured during an art exhibition at Pompey Square.The event was part of the 41st independence anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas.

The cultural legends included names synonymous with features of Bahamian culture like art, music, writers, theatre and of course Junkanoo.

The legends that made the list were Alphonzo ‘Blind Blake’ Higgs, Amos Ferguson, Antonious Roberts, BahaMen, Becky Chipman, Beginning of the End, Brent Malone, Bernard “Buttercup” Ferguson, Charles Carter, Cleophas Adderley, Count Bernadino, E. Clement Bethel, Eddie Minnis, Ezra Hepburn, Freddie Munnings Sr., George...
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Month-long Celebrations of Bahamas 41st Independence Anniversary in Florida Announced - Jul 9, 2014 - 10:48:25 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE. FL - The Bahamas Consulate Office, Florida, The National Association Of The Bahamas (NAB), and key influencers within The Bahamian Community of South Florida, have teamed up to organize month long activities to celebrate the country’s 41st Anniversary of Independence.

Once again, the month of activities will be highlighted by NAB’s major fundraiser, the Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala. This year’s Ball will take place at the Hilton Omni, Downtown Miami, July 19th, and feature the music of The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band.

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Vacation Express boosts tourist numbers in Grand Bahama - Jul 7, 2014 - 5:13:26 PM

Ministry of Tourism officials are reporting that the partnership between Vacation Express, Grand Bahama Promotion Board and the Bahamasair is yielding positive results.

The partnership, which commenced on May 1 and will last until October 31 2014, is expected to bring thousands of tourists from Birmingham, Alabama; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Memphis, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio and increase the average night stay in the nation’s second city...

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First weekend of the Junkanoo Summer Festival dubbed a “great success” - Jul 7, 2014 - 3:22:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Director of Events at the Ministry of Tourism Charity Armbrister has dubbed the first weekend of the Summer Junkanoo Festival, a “great success” as hundreds turned out to support the festival.

The event is taking place every Friday and Saturday during the month of July between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.

Every Friday night B Junkanoo groups perform and Saturday it is the A groups turn...
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Bahamas musicians, filmmakers team up for Baha Men video - Jul 6, 2014 - 12:08:19 PM

Baha Men’s newly released music video features the talents of a Bahamian director and an all-Bahamian video crew.

Director Lavado Stubbs’ was the creative lead on the music video for Night & Day, which was released on youtube on July 1. The hit song is part of the official 2014 FIFA World Cup CD.

Craig Woods, Bahamas Film Commissioner, said the video is another creative work that demonstrates what Bahamians have to offer in film production...
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Bahamian Jr. Chef Competes In Taste of the Caribbean - Jul 4, 2014 - 12:34:09 PM

Miami, Florida - I t’s certainly not his first time competing at the prestigious culinary competition Taste of the Caribbean, but Junior Chef Dwayne Sinclair has not lost the butterflies that brought him back for a third year.

Sinclair is no stranger to the culinary scene – especially in The Bahamas.

The 20-year-old Lincoln Culinary graduate has won young chef of The Bahamas for two consecutive years.
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American Pilots to Celebrate USA Independence Bahamian Style - Jul 4, 2014 - 12:00:28 PM

PLANTATION, Florida -  Veteran American pilot, Captain, Mark Steinberg, Chairman of The Bahamas Ambassador Fly In Program, will lead some fifty four persons on twenty-four airplanes on a one and one half hour journey into Treasure Cay, Abaco in The Bahamas from Ft. Myers, Florida, July 2-6, 2014. The event is a special Fly In program in celebration of the USA Independence holiday and is being sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT).

Themed Bahamas Beach Barbeque, the Fly In is a collaboration of two nations celebrating Independence with their families through love, culture and beauty. (The Bahamas will celebrate its 41stIndependence on July 10, 2014).

This year’s Fly In event has attracted fifteen new first time pilots to The Bahamas, who will fly at an altitude of 3,500 to 5,500 feet. Upon crossing the Gulf stream...
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TV series searches for lost loves to rekindle old flames - Jul 4, 2014 - 8:12:36 AM

A new television series hopes to rekindle old flames around the world, including in The Bahamas.

“The series will follow people as they seek to get back in touch with former flames and crushes to seize a second chance at love,” said Jen Cipperly, who is casting for the project. “We’re looking for guys and gals who still think about a certain someone but have lost touch and would like to track them down and reconnect.”

Bahamas film commissioner Craig Woods said the development company has invited Bahamians who want to re-connect with lost loves to enlist the help of their team.“If there is someone in the United States that Bahamians wish to be reunited with, the show presents that opportunity,” Mr. Woods said.

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Southwest Launches Bahamas Flight - Jul 3, 2014 - 5:34:17 PM

Baltimore, Maryland: Southwest Airlines launched its international flight to Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday, July 1 with a Caribbean themed celebration.

Passengers on Southwest’s first flight to Nassau were treated to a taste of The Bahamas from the moment they checked in at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) to the time the inaugural flight took off.

The ticket counters were decorated with mini Bahamian flags, beach pails, and beach balls. The sounds of the Caribbean filled the departure gates terminal as a steel drum musician played popular Caribbean ballads.
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Bahamas seeks to host Taste of the Caribbean - Jul 3, 2014 - 12:00:37 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said that he is determined to attract the prestigious culinary regional competition ‘Taste of the Caribbean’ to The Bahamas.  The competition, which is in its 21st year, brought thousands of food lovers to Miami, Florida over the weekend.

The Bahamas National Culinary Team is competing in the event over the next several days.

The national culinary team consists of chefs Sheldon Tracey Sweeting, Charon McKenzie, Jamal Small, Richmond Fowler, Dwayne Sinclair, bartender Marv Cunningham and kitchen artist Indra Solihin.

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