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Cruise and Maritime Department Holds Tours Webinar - Jul 12, 2020 - 2:00:20 PM

The Cruise and Maritime Department at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is hosting a tours webinar to connect scores of anxious tour operators with tourism and cruise officials.

Under the theme, “Exploring Opportunities Beyond COVID-19,” the webinar will be held via Microsoft Teams on July 14, 21, 23 and 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism launches “the Islands Of The Bahamas” Mobile App to help vacation planning - Jul 2, 2020 - 11:36:17 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s new, free mobile app provides an easy to use resource and tool for consumers planning a visit to The Islands Of The Bahamas. Key features of the app include: downloadable island guides, flight charter request processing and recommendations based on the user’s geo-location within The Bahamas. It also highlights current deals, Bahamas.com blog posts, an interactive map and suggests top activities for adventure, relaxation and romance...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation prepares for Phase 2 reopening July 1 - Jun 21, 2020 - 10:58:20 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is preparing for Phase 2 of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan, which will begin on Wednesday, July 1 and allow for the resumption of international travel to The Bahamas.

Policies and Procedures for all travellers visiting The Bahamas beginning July 1 are as follows. Plans continue to evolve in response to COVID-19 trends, and so additional guidance will be communicated as details are available...
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Islands Of The Bahamas Dominate Virtual Palm Beach Boat Show - Jun 13, 2020 - 4:57:34 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas dominated the landing page of the virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show on Saturday, June 13, 2020, dubbed “Bahamas Day”.

The show, organized by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, is taking place virtually, for the first time in its 35-year history due to the Covid-19 pandemic and runs June 2 – 30, 2020...
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BMOTA hosts Virtual Sales Programs around the world to attract tourism - Jun 10, 2020 - 9:20:32 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has been hosting a series of virtual sales missions in the U.S. and Canada during the entire time of quarantine in an effort to continue promoting The Islands Of The Bahamas and keeping the destination top-of-mind for not only the travel trade but other business partners and suppliers.

Without the ability to host face-to-face interactions to which the sales teams were accustomed, the Ministry of Tourism quickly pivoted to launching and participating in online events such as webinars, virtual travel shows...
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Domestic Travel resumes within The Islands Of The Bahamas - Jun 9, 2020 - 11:47:21 AM

In accordance with the government’s phased reopening plan, inter - island domestic travel has resumed across The Islands Of The Bahamas. Travel by commercial flight, as well as mailboat, passenger ferry, domestic pleasure craft and yachts are permitted across all islands.

All persons intending to travel domestically within The Bahamas are required to complete a Travel Health Card application prior to departure. Travellers can visit travel.gov.bs to complete the form online...
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Minister of Tourism remarks at Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan Press Conference - Jun 2, 2020 - 5:53:21 PM

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Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today.

This morning we will share with you the details of how The Bahamas will reinstate tourism to the country, and effectively reopen our economy following unprecedented measures taken to safeguard our nation in the face of the COVID-­‐19 pandemic. 
Since March 24, airports and seaports throughout The Bahamas have been closed to all incoming visitors...
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Bahamas preparing to resume international tourism on July 1 with new health & safety protocols in place - Jun 2, 2020 - 5:27:25 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, along with the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Committee, a group comprised of public and private sector partners, announced today a collaborative plan for re-opening the country’s borders and tourism sector, as well as the resumption of international commercial travel starting July 1...
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Director General of Tourism remarks at Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan Press Conference - Jun 2, 2020 - 5:00:19 PM

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Members of the Press, I would like to thank you, in particular, for keeping this appointment as we meet this morning to officially introduce to our country, the Bahamas Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan, which will guide our nation as we reopen our tourism economy within a few short weeks.

This tourism readiness and recovery plan, which we unveil today, is the outcome of a mammoth collaboration involving a broad network of stakeholders from every sector of our tourism industry...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on Covid-19 - Mar. 31 - Mar 31, 2020 - 6:28:19 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is following guidance from the Bahamas Ministry of Health and other government agencies pertaining to the country’s Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19. Please visit the Bahamas Ministry of Health’s website for the latest information on COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas. Current and future patients are to be isolated in quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO)...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on COVID-19 - Mar. 29th - Mar 29, 2020 - 11:30:41 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is following guidance from the Bahamas Ministry of Health and other government agencies pertaining to the country’s Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19. Please visit the Bahamas Ministry of Health’s website for the latest information on COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas. Current and future patients are to be isolated in quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation statement on COVID-19 - Mar. 24th - Mar 24, 2020 - 3:47:34 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is following guidance from the Bahamas Ministry of Health and other government agencies pertaining to the country’s Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19.  At this time, there are four confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nassau, The Bahamas. Patients are isolated in quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on passing of Sol Kerzner - Mar 21, 2020 - 10:21:40 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is deeply saddened by the passing of Sol Kerzner. He brought an original perspective to developing his hospitality brands, and the launch of The Atlantis brought new attention and a revitalization to The Bahamas, which contributed greatly to the phenomenal growth we have seen as our tourism industry has matured...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on COVID-19 - Mar. 20 - Mar 20, 2020 - 4:46:50 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is following guidance from the Bahamas Ministry of Health and other government agencies pertaining to the country’s Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19.  At this time, there are four confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nassau, The Bahamas. Patients are isolated in quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
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BMOTA holds Coronavirus Seminar for vendors At Freeport Harbour - Mar 20, 2020 - 11:14:43 AM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) partnered with the Public Hospitals Authority this week to present a health seminar on novel coronavirus to taxi drivers and local vendors. The session, held at the Freeport Harbour on March 16, was coordinated to share accurate information regarding the virus and provide general safety precautions to take amid growing concerns.

“It is important to remember that coronavirus is not necessarily a death sentence,” Dr. Frank Bartlett, head of the Grand Bahama Coronavirus Task Force, said.
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on COVID-19 - Mar 17, 2020 - 8:15:38 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Health is working closely with  all pertinent government agencies throughout the destination to execute the Bahamas National Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19.  At this time, there is one confirmed case of coronavirus in Nassau, The Bahamas. The patient is in isolated quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
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Organizers promote upcoming 3rd Annual Bjorn Munroe Tennis Tournament - Mar 10, 2020 - 12:00:43 PM

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The Bjorn Munroe Tennis Tournament will return to Grand Bahama this summer for a third consecutive year, and organizers are expecting to triple the number of participating athletes. During a press conference on March 8, event organizers announced plans for the tournament and declared this year’s competition would be their best yet.

Slated for June 4-7 at the YMCA, the Bjorn Munroe Tennis Tournament is an all-ages meet with singles, doubles, and open divisions...
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The Bahamas at 'Go Diving' Show in Coventry, UK - Mar 10, 2020 - 10:37:44 AM

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Iain Rodgers, Sr. Marketing Manager, BTO UK, represented The Bahamas at the ‘Go Diving 2020’ trade and consumer event in Coventry, UK.  Also representing the magnificent dive facilities of the islands was Muriel Rolle-Gaitor of Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas.

Go Diving, the second annual show, was spread across three days, the Friday for trade-only and the weekend for consumers, attracting nearly 7,000 visitors, a 25% increase over the inaugural show in 2019...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Welcomes United Airlines Inaugural Flight to Nassau in Grand Style - Mar 10, 2020 - 10:35:36 AM

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“We are very excited for travelers to experience the islands’ adventurous activities that cannot be found in the mountains of Colorado; the beautiful sun, sand and sea of The Bahamas are now just a short airplane ride away,” said Director General Joy Jibrilu, as she welcomed the 100 plus passengers arriving Nassau on the inaugural United Airlines flight  from Denver.

During a special welcome reception at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), passengers on United's inaugural flight from Denver were greeted by the rhythmic sounds of Junkanoo. For the first time ever...
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Plans underway for 22nd annual Coconut Festival in Pelican Point - Mar 9, 2020 - 3:00:22 PM

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The Coconut Festival Committee and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) have announced that, despite challenges posed by Hurricane Dorian, the 22nd Annual Coconut Festival will move ahead as planned next month in the Pelican Point Community.

“I am here to report that the residents of Pelican Point are resilient, resolved and determined. Hurricane Dorian may have slowed us down, but it will not stop us,” Cathy Laing, Coconut Festival committee chairman, said during a press conference at the festival grounds on March 6...
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