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Bahamian Music Legend “Piccolo Pete” is Cacique Lifetime Achievement Winner - Nov 21, 2014 - 4:24:16 PM

Members of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the 16th Cacique Awards have announced that this year’s Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Nathaniel “Piccolo Pete” Saunders of Bimini.

The announcement was made during a recent press conference.

The 100-year-old Biminite has been entertaining locals and visitors for over 80 years. He has performed for the likes of Ernest Hemmingway, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon and even Al Capone among others.

Mr. Saunders is the uncle of other famous residents of Bimini...
Bahamas Casting Call: Be an Ambassador for your Country - Nov 21, 2014 - 12:35:03 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Want to travel, have fun, and be an Ambassador for your country? Do you love modeling and acting? Do you have what it takes?

Find out at: Melia Nassau
Date: Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Time: 11am-4pm

No Experience Required. Just bring your passion for The Bahamas!
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Bahamas Gov't Announces New Gaming Legislation Commencement - Nov 21, 2014 - 11:44:47 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Statement by The Honourable Obediah H. Wilchcombe, M.P., Minister of Tourism, on Commencement of New Gaming Legislation
made on November 19, 2014:

Today it gives me great pleasure as the Minister responsible for gaming, to announce the imminent coming into operation of the Gaming Act, 2014, the Gaming Regulations, 2014, the Gaming House Operator Regulations, 2014, the Financial Transactions Reporting (Amendment) Act, 2014, the Financial Transactions Reporting (Gaming) Regulations, 2014 and the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act, 2014...
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Bahamas Tourism Celebrates Environmental Poster Competition Winner - Nov 21, 2014 - 9:59:56 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism has congratulated Prisca Charles, an 11th grade student of C. V. Bethel Senior High School for winning the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association 2014 Children’s Environmental Poster Competition, beating out thousands of other students in the region.

A special ceremony and luncheon was held Wednesday, November 19, 2014 on board the Norwegian Cruise Liner, Norwegian Gem, a member of the FCCA. There, the 16-year-old winner was presented with a plaque and funds for her outstanding accomplishment.

The 15-member cruise lines association holds its annual FCCA Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition to promote and encourage..
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Bahamas Tourism Announces Finalists of 16th annual Cacique Awards - Nov 21, 2014 - 4:29:31 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - After weeks of submissions from the general public, the Blue Ribbon Panel has revealed its selections for finalists for the 16th Cacique Awards.

The nomination process began in early October and since then members of the public have nominated hundreds of tourism’s finest.

Nominations were submitted for the following categories – Transportation, Local Airlines and Tour Operators, Human Resources Development, Sports and Leisure, Special Events, Creative Arts, Handicraft, Sustainable...
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LA film conference brings networking opportunities for Bahamas - Nov 20, 2014 - 6:01:55 PM

Bahamas Film & Television Commissioner Craig Woods met with filmmakers and producers during the recent American Film Market (AFM) Conference in Los Angeles, California.

The conference covered film financing, production, distribution, and several other topics. Film financing was of particular interest to the Bahamas Film & Television Commission.

“More and more we find ourselves in the position of having to give helpful advice to independent filmmakers in The Bahamas and elsewhere,” Mr. Woods said. “Being able to point them toward sources of funding is useful to them, but it also helps us because when they get their funding...
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Ministry of Tourism supports upcoming 2014 Strong Faith Leadership Conference - Nov 20, 2014 - 2:23:36 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – The Ministry of Tourism has extended their support to the Freeport Seventh Day Adventist Church in holding their 2014 Strong Faith Leadership Conference, November 21st - 23rd at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

The conference will feature Devon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, Seventh Day Adventist International Inspirational Leader, motivational speaker and preacher, along with his wife, Meagan Good, Hollywood Actress. Together, the team will share their individual testimonies as well as their courting journey that lead towards their model marriage.

Left to right announcing the affair on Tuesday at the Ministry of Tourism’s Freeport office are: Brooke Sherman, Senior Executive Communication...
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Devon Franklin and Meagan Good coming to Grand Bahama to host 2014 Strong Faith Conference - Nov 17, 2014 - 1:35:43 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas -  From glory to glory, Grand Bahama Island continues to be the hub for Religious Tourism initiatives and conferences. Attracting hundreds of attendees and global viewership, faith based travel remains an area of intent focus for the island. With the affinity that has been developed for the island by the religious market, Grand Bahama remains the choice destination for International religious events such as Dr. Myles Munroe’s Global Leadership Forum, Angela Pipersburgh’s International Women’s Summit and TBN’s Praise the Lord.

The Ministry of Tourism’s Religious Tourism unit in its mandate to boost the economy during the shoulder season, September- November, has set out to maximize religious events on Grand Bahama by reaching out to churches and religious groups in a spirit of partnership...
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BREEF’S Underwater Sculpture Garden Draws Hundreds Of Tourists - Nov 13, 2014 - 2:21:58 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Many people would be surprised to find that New Providence’s latest tourism attraction is not on land.

Instead, it’s the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF) Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden-the largest underwater sculpture garden in the world located in southwestern New Providence just behind the Clifton Heritage Park.

Made from sustainable PH-neutral materials, the statues will gradually transform into an artificial reef, attracting coral and other marine life.

And according to Executive Director of BREEF ...
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Bert Williams Exhibition May Come to The Bahamas - Nov 12, 2014 - 11:10:43 PM

New York, NY- An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA) in New York City on the late Bahamian actor Bert Williams, which has gotten rave reviews, may be duplicated in Nassau soon.

The exhibition at MOMA titled “100 Years In Post Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History” began on October 24,2014 and will continue until March 2015.

Williams is the first Bahamian actor ever to be captured on film...

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Grand Bahama Tourism Service Quality Training Symposium & Expo - Nov 12, 2014 - 9:13:06 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama  - The Ministry of Tourism’s Training and Education Department in partnership with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association is pleased to announce the launch of the first Tourism Service Quality Training Symposium and Exposition for Grand Bahama Island.

In a spirited effort to forge the way forward for the development of tourism training programs on the island, the symposium will explore the trends that are shaping the present and future of training and education within the tourism sector. The event is designed to drive destination desire through readying industry stakeholders to take ownership in communicating a message and attitude of service excellence to the employees within their organizations...

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Wilchcombe says Munroe died Fighting for His Country - Nov 12, 2014 - 4:39:38 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Tourism Minister the Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe on Monday described Dr. Myles Munroe as a man who died fighting for his country.

Mr. Wilchcombe’s comments came during the opening session of the Global Leadership Forum currently underway at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Grand Bahama Island.

The event is sponsored annually by Myles Munroe International and the International Third World Leaders Association. Dr. Munroe, who also heads Bahamas Faith Ministries International, died in a plane crash on Grand Bahama Sunday evening, along with his wife and seven others...

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Bahamas in talks with several European airlines - Nov 7, 2014 - 2:51:27 PM

LONDON, England - Tourism officials are anticipating an increase in airlift to The Bahamas from Europe, thanks to many promising discussions with travel partners at World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is currently working on reintroducing direct charter flights from Italy to Grand Bahama, and bringing back direct flights from Germany. Visitors from both those countries are up six percent.

Director of Europe, Anthony Stuart says senior tourism officials had progressive meetings with tour operators and airlines from the...
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Tourism officials visit USF to prepare for Popeyes Bahamas Bowl college football event - Nov 7, 2014 - 12:41:15 PM
Representatives from the National Stadium Authority (NSA), Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and Conference USA recently visited the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando in preparation for the upcoming Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on December 24 at noon at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

The goal of the trip was to experience the pre-game production for a college football game.

UCF is the second largest university in the US, and a team from the school will be working with Conference USA to produce Popeyes Bahamas Bowl...
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Gone Fishin’ Becomes BBQ Ambassadors For The Bahamas - Nov 6, 2014 - 8:34:11 PM

It started over a decade ago with a dream in a backyard, but years later the Arawak Cay restaurant Gone Fishin’ has successfully catapulted itself to the 88th BBQ restaurant in the world and the solidified BBQ ambassador of The Bahamas.

Gone Fishin’ was the official winner of the Smokin Hot BBQ competition held at Green Parrot earlier this year – beating out scores of BBQ teams in The Bahamas.

Just last month, the Gone Fishin’ team went to Lynchburg, Tennessee to compete in the Jack Daniels BBQ Invitational, where the cooks...
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London article on Bahamas Swimming Pigs wins CTO Journalism Award - Nov 6, 2014 - 2:18:17 AM

LONDON, England: A magazine article about swimming pigs, dancing dolphins, world-class golf courses and the hospitable people of The Bahamas caught the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and was awarded Best Consumer Feature at World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

UK Travel Journalist Peter Ellegard wrote about The Bahamas’ Animal Magic in his four-page article in the UK high-end golf, travel and lifestyle magazine Great Golf, where he documented his experiences in Nassau, Freeport, Abaco and The Exumas.

“As journalists we play a role as ambassadors. We are out to find out about the countries we visit, and then write about them for our readers....
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Bahamas to host 19th Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference - Nov 5, 2014 - 4:26:15 PM

19th Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference to be held in The Bahamas, November 6-9, at Sandals Royal Resort in Nassau

With Wall Street continuing its burst of investment energy, the U.S. economy recording a relatively strong third quarter performance; and businesses ratcheting up spending on manufacturing to boost production and trade, Carl Masters, Chief Executive Officer of Goodworks International says this month’s Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in The Bahamas will be such an attractive place for executives and entrepreneurs to be.

“Conventional economic wisdom holds that when the U.S. economy is on a fast track to buoyancy, the economies of America’s Caribbean neighbors can expect good times,” said Masters, the co-convener of the 2014...
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Pompey Museum Reopens in Nassau - Oct 31, 2014 - 1:32:33 PM

It’s been closed for nearly three years but on Saturday, November 1, the Pompey Museum will reopen with an exhibition called “Wade in the Water.”

Pompey Museum was first established in 1992 at Venue House- the oldest building in the heart of Nassau.

From then, it was seen as a national treasure as it housed many historical pieces from the time of slavery and emancipation in The Bahamas.

In the 20th century, it also housed the telephone and electricity departments.

In the early morning hours of December 2, 2011, a raging fire destroyed the historical mecca for the second time in its history...

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Bahamian Actor Bert Williams Recognized As “Pioneer” In American Film - Oct 31, 2014 - 2:33:07 AM

New York, NY- The first Bahamian actor ever to be captured on film is being recognized as a pioneer during a five-month long exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

Bert Williams is a name that is etched in the sands of time.

The late Nassau-native is one of few black men in the late 1800s and early 1900s who maintained a successful film and music career.

With partner George Walker, Williams pioneered the advancement of black performances in integrated musical comedies...

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Sunwing Launches Calgary to Grand Bahama Direct Flights - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:43:39 AM

TORONTO, ON--(October 30, 2014) - Residents of Calgary can look forward to an easier way to reach the Bahamas this coming winter with the introduction of a weekly service to Freeport, Grand Bahama that launches November 1, 2014. Departing initially on Saturdays then switching to become a weekly service on Fridays from December 19, 2014, passengers can start off their vacation in style by taking advantage of Sunwing Airlines' award-winning Champagne Service that includes a welcome glass of champagne, complimentary food and wine along with in-flight entertainment offered at no charge. All packages also include a generous 20kg free baggage allowance.
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