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Magazine to heavily promote The Islands Of The Bahamas - Jun 20, 2018 - 11:05:12 AM
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Nearly 50 journalists and guests of US-based award winning AFAR magazine were immersed in Bahamian culture recently during an extraordinary familiarization trip to The Islands Of The Bahamas.

This particular familiarization trip is a marketing gold mine for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) as each of the publication’s founders, editors and content writers will write about their experiences in the destination, in articles, blogs and pieces which will reach over 2 million of the magazine’s subscribers...
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National Culinary Team wows guests at gala - Jun 18, 2018 - 10:37:31 AM
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Andros crab bisque, Long Island duck rillettes; citrus dusted Long Island hog snapper atop roasted fennel, artichokes, kalamata olives, saffron- coconut foam and island style coconut cakes with tropical fruit stew, mango rum cream and roast corn shebet were just some of the scrumptious dishes on the Taste of the Caribbean’s gala menu held at Baha Mar recently.

The 14-member National Culinary Team developed by the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), gave tourism officials, stakeholders and sponsors food for thought as they head to Miami, Florida to take on the region in the Taste of the Caribbean competition from June 22-26.
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Q1 Tourism results are in: arrivals and room revenue are up in the Bahamas - Jun 14, 2018 - 11:54:49 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is pleased to report that first quarter international visitor results point to an increase in arrivals, signaling that business turnaround  from Q4 of 2017 has continued to flow into 2018. The Ministry is anticipating a strong summer season for tourism across the destination. 

Overall, The Bahamas experienced significant increases in foreign air and sea arrivals, which is up 2.8%. Foreign air arrivals alone reached a substantial 18% increase compared to Q1 of 2017...
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BMOTA Takes On Aggressive Global Marketing Plan - Jun 13, 2018 - 3:32:05 PM

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As The Islands Of The Bahamas experience significant growth in airlift arrivals, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu says the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) continues to be aggressive in luring visitors from new markets.

While speaking at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup held at Atlantis Paradise Island on June 13, Ms. Jibrilu noted that The Bahamas has seen a growth of 18 percent in the first quarter...
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Caribbean Aviation Meetup opens in The Bahamas - Jun 12, 2018 - 3:16:40 PM
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Tourism and Aviation officials from 28 countries and territories are in The Islands Of The Bahamas this week for the third annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup.

Dubbed the region’s largest aviation conference, the conclave, which is being hosted by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA), is scheduled from June 12-14.

The key objective of the meetup is to find new ways to increase airlift into the region...
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Bahamas wins Award at CTO New York - Jun 11, 2018 - 10:12:33 AM
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) was recognized by The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in the Virutal Visitor Award category for “Best Feature in an Online Publicaion” at the annual Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards on the evening of June 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. The award was bestowed to the BMOTA and Alexander Britell, editor in chief of the Caribbean Journal, for the article in the digital publication titled, “Following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Bimini.” The Bahamas was recognized for editorial coverage with nominations in three other categories...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Honoured with CTO’s Allied Award - Jun 8, 2018 - 2:32:30 PM
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Last night during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Dinner and Fashion Show, part of the annual Caribbean Week New York events, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu received the distinguished Allied Award for her exceptional work towards the sustainable development of Caribbean tourism.

Director General Jibrilu was present at the ceremony at the Wyndham New Yorker in Midtown to accept the award bestowed upon her by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and its Allied Members...
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Bahamas Flag Day Parade coming to South Florida - Jun 7, 2018 - 6:58:31 PM

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The First ever Bahamas Flag Day Parade in South Florida, will highlight a myriad of activities being planned by the local Bahamian community to celebrate the country's 45th Anniversary of Independence, July 10th.

The Flag Day Parade is set to take place June 7th with a caravan of cars that will parade through the streets from the BB&T Center, Sunrise, to Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, in Sunrise, Florida, where a Bahamas Independence Picnic and Fun Day will take place beginning 11:00 a.m...
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Bahamas to represent at Caribbean Week in NYC - Jun 4, 2018 - 2:52:50 PM

Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, will lead his country’s delegation including Director General Joy Jibrilu and other representatives to the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week event in New York City this week.

The CTO’s major annual summit will take place June 2-8 at Wyndham New Yorker hotel in Midtown. Tourism officials, industry professionals...
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This Week’s Bahamas Travel Show Features Executives of Bahamasair and Balearia - May 31, 2018 - 6:39:49 PM
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Representatives from the Bahamas national flag carrier, Bahamasair and Balearia, are the featured guests on this week’s “Bahamas Travel Show”, which airs this Saturday, June 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. on Alpha Media’s WFTL 850-AM station in West Palm Beach.   The 30 minutes talk show, which airs every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. is one of the newest marketing tools at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) and is designed to increase hotel bookings to the destination and simultaneously, promote the newest developments, events, culture and people of The Bahamas.  The show is created, produced and hosted by executives of the BMOTA Earnestine Moxyz and Donna Mackey and broadcasts to an affluent audience in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties...
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West Travel Agents Experience The Bahamas via Bahamasair - May 25, 2018 - 5:36:33 PM
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The Bahamas Tourist Office, Houston, Texas, recently teamed up with Bahamasair to provide agents from the West and South West areas, with an experiential visit to The Islands Of The Bahamas via Bahamasair's  new HOUSTON/NASSAU direct service out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The some 25 travel agents on the trip included agents from top tour operator companies in the West and Southwest such as Funjet Vacations, Virtuoso, AA Vacations, Apple Leisure Group, Pleasant Holidays, Travel Impressions, Inteletravel, VAX and Classic Vacations.
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Rosewood opens at Baha Mar - May 24, 2018 - 3:00:47 PM
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Baha Mar is complete now that Rosewood, a luxury offering in Western New Providence, has officially opened its doors on May 22.

Dubbed ‘the crown jewel’ of the multi-billion dollar resort complex on Cable Beach, Rosewood joins prestigious hotel brands Grand Hyatt and SLS.

Rosewood, which boasts 185 rooms and suites along with a collection of five four-bedroom beachfront villas, features exclusive services and its own private pools...


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Alpitour World Introduces New Flight to Grand Bahama Island - May 21, 2018 - 9:46:11 AM

As the market for direct airlift from European countries has expanded throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island has steadily become the destination of choice when it comes to attracting the Italian visitor.

With miles of white-sand beach and a tranquil environment, Grand Bahama Island and its local stakeholders have been well positioned to benefit from the summer charter service...
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Bahamas Featured at Our Kids World - May 20, 2018 - 6:21:15 PM
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Children of all ages along with their parents and families came from near and far to participate in the 16th Annual Our Kids World Family Fun Fest held April 28 and 29, at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Islands Of The Bahamas, including Bahamasair and Sandyport Beach Resort, were prominently featured at the two-day show, which attracted more than 20,000 families. 

The premier South Florida event, which is held twice per year, in April and August, was organized by Alpha Media Network, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s (BMOTA) newest partner and featured some of the popular characters from Disney Films including Moana, Princess Ariel...
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Bahamas to Launch New Radio Show With Alpha Media in West Palm Beach - May 20, 2018 - 12:50:32 PM
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) recently partnered with Alpha Media, a multimedia broadcast company in Palm Beach, Florida to create, produce and broadcast a customized digital radio show to its large, affluent audience.  The 30-minute radio talk show, Bahamas Travel, is set to launch on WFTL 850 AM commencing on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. through July 14, 2018...
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5th Annual Freetown Fire Hearth Food & Heritage Festival - May 18, 2018 - 9:45:04 AM
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As one of the most historic settlements on Grand Bahama Island, the residents and descendants of Freetown look forward to celebrating the story of their freedom with the Freetown Fire Hearth Food & Heritage Festival.

Currently in its fifth year of existence, the Ole Freetown Heritage Festival Committee, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (MOTA), held a brief press conference to officially announce the return of the annual event...
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Couple Celebrates 41st Anniversary on Grand Bahama Island - May 14, 2018 - 10:04:38 AM
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The Islands Of The Bahamas have always been a prime destination for romance and one of the best vacation spots when it comes to celebrating anniversary milestones.

For many, the sun, sand, and sea are what attracts persons to our shores but for those who wish to have a more personal experience, the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation's People-to-People Program is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the islands while celebrating romantic occasions off the beaten path...
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Ziad Hidmi, Owner of Admiral Cruises committed to The Bahamas - May 8, 2018 - 3:21:31 PM

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Ziad Hidmi, owner of Admiral Cruises has been selling cruise packages to The Bahamas for more than thirty years, and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. In fact, the New Jerusalem native is one of the top producers of cruise business to Grand Bahama and Bimini Islands.

A master interior designer and decorator, Ziad said he first visited Grand Bahama Island, via Sea Escape, after moving to Miami more than thirty years ago...
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Island Roots Heritage Festival closes out another successful year - May 8, 2018 - 3:20:29 PM

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Attendees of the 13th Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival (IRHF) quickly learned that even the rain won’t stop the show in Green Turtle Cay. Hundreds of tourists and locals filled the settlement from May 4-5 to celebrate the shared Loyalist heritage between the residents of Key West, Florida and New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.

Attendees were treated to a full day of activities including a vibrant speaker series on various topics including the history of Green Turtle Cay (GTC), the impact of hurricanes on the Abacos and The Bahamas DNA Project...
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Climate Change High on Agenda for COFCOR - May 7, 2018 - 7:31:17 PM

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Climate change is high on the agenda of issues that will be discussed at the 21st Session of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) that officially opened at the British Colonial Hilton on May 7.

Representatives from nineteen countries are in The Bahamas this week for the meeting, which is being attended by CARICOM Foreign Affairs Ministers and their Senior Officials, the Secretary General of CARICOM Irwin Larocque...
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