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Inaugural Arrival of the MS Marco Polo to Grand Bahama - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:39:38 PM

On Thursday, March 23rd, the MS Marco Polo made its inaugural voyage to Grand Bahama Island, where representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and the Freeport Harbour Company participated in a ceremonial plaque exchange with ship representatives on board the vessel.

With a total of 751 passengers on board, the vessel sails for 36 days and calls on several Caribbean cruise ports...
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Baha Mar soft opening one month away - Mar 24, 2017 - 9:22:05 PM

Baha Mar, which will partially open in exactly one month, is the ‘greatest tourism development in The Bahamas in the last 20 years’,” Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said on Tuesday.

The minister’s comment came as Baha Mar received its temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) from the government. Up to 1,000 rooms will be open for Baha Mar’s April 21 soft launch.

“We will have one of the more modern facilities and the brands are incredible that are coming here and certainly the largest casino floor in the Caribbean,” Wilchcombe said following the handover ceremony at Baha Mar...
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First Northern Bahamas Sports Symposium Press Conference - Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:09 AM

On Tuesday, March 21st,the Ministry of Tourism's Sports Tourism Department held a press conference for the upcoming Northern Bahamas Sports Symposium at the Pelican Bay Hotel.

Scheduled to be held on April 1st, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the Pelican Bay Hotel, the symposium is dedicated to informing sports leaders or those interested in planning sporting events in Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, and Abaco, about the possibility of partnering with the Ministry to make these events successful...
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The Islands Of The Bahamas make a splash at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit - Mar 16, 2017 - 12:36:22 AM

Over a thousand of the most influential African American business women from across the USA gathered at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix for three days of networking and professional empowerment at the recent Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit (BEWOP). Featured speakers and award recipients included Phylicia Rashad, Award Winning Actress; Shirley Caesar, Pastor and Award-wining Gospel Artist and Ursula Burns, Chairman, Xerox Corp.

As part of its mandate to expand The Bahamas’ reach to the African American travel consumer, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism partnered with Black Enterprise and Macys as a corporate sponsor and hosted a luncheon at the Summit...
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Cacique Awards to support Tourism and Hospitality programme at UB - Mar 15, 2017 - 1:12:53 PM

The Business of Tourism will be on full display at the Baha Mar Convention Center come April 8 as the Ministry of Tourism presents the 17th Cacique Awards. Tickets for the glamorous event are now on sale.

The prestigious awards represent the highest honour in Tourism as it celebrates the brightest and best in the country’s number one industry.

Categories for the awards include Transportation, Local Airlines and Tour Operators, Creative Arts, Handicraft, Special Events, Cecil Rose Sports and Leisure...
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Square Dancers Take Over Rawson Square - Mar 3, 2017 - 1:29:04 PM

Eighty-five square dancers circled left and right with their partners as they danced in Rawson Square on Thursday morning during a square dance exhibition.

Square Dancing Cruisers, a square dance group from Texas and Oklahoma displayed their love for their hobby as they pranced and boogied during a demonstration in Rawson Square.

Bobby Willis, square dance caller said the exhibition in Rawson Square was the first time the group has performed anywhere outside of the US.
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Participation in Miami International Boat Show Is Good Business For The Bahamas - Mar 1, 2017 - 10:58:28 PM

The Islands of the Bahamas was one of the only destinations exclusively featured at the recent Miami International Boat Show, held February 16-20, at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin in Miami, Florida.

Now in its 77th year, the five day event which attracted some 100,000 persons, featured 2,000 professional exhibitors showcasing more than 3,000 boat types under tent and on sea, ranging from cruise liners, sports fishing yachts, personal water crafts, customs boats, dinghies, sail, pedal, wooden and power boats, to docking tools, marine accessories, electronics, engines...
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Hotel accommodations at Grand Lucayan sold out for upcoming Faith Fest in March - Feb 28, 2017 - 9:47:27 AM

Organizers for the upcoming Faith Fest to Grand Bahama Island, taking place March 23-25, 2017 reported that rooms at the Grand Lucayan Resort is already completely sold out and they are indeed happy with the high interest level shown in the event. More than 300 visitors from around the world have been booked for the cultural immersion and spiritual rejuvenation event.

With more than a month out, hotel bookings at the Grand Lucayan Resort had to be suspended as no more rooms are available at the Grand Lucayan Resort...
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Bahamas Grateful for Support from Missionary Flights International - Feb 27, 2017 - 3:51:02 PM

Representatives from the Bahamas government agencies in Florida including the Bahamas Consulate General Office and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) recently held a luncheon, Bahamian style, for forty staff and volunteers of Missionary Flights International (MFI) in Fort Pierce, Florida to show their appreciation to that organization, for their assistance to the residents of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Persons feasted on signature Bahamian dishes including peas n rice, steamed fish and chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, toss salad, Bahamian pastries and homemade fruit punch and switcher...
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Grand Bahama Welcomes Gospel Fest Cruise - Feb 24, 2017 - 11:34:18 AM

On Friday, February 17th, 2017 the Ministry of Tourism’s Religious Tourism Department welcomed 143 special guests to the Island of Grand Bahama, travelling on board the Carnival Elation, as a part of the 2017 Unique Sounds Music Group Gospel Fest Cruise.

Grand Bahama was the first stop for the contingent which consisted of seven diverse music groups...
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Sustainable Biodegradable Program Launched on Grand Bahama - Feb 23, 2017 - 5:38:37 PM

On Friday, February 17th, 2017 the Ministry of Tourism’s Product Development Department, under its Sustainable Tourism focus, launched a year-long Sustainable Biodegradable program dubbed “Reduce Styro and use Bio” during a press conference at the Ministry’s office.

Present for the event were members of the Sustainable Tourism Committee, which consisted of representatives from Keep Grand Bahama Clean, Bahamas National Trust and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Rangers, along with local retailers and wholesalers from the food service industry...
Down Syndrome Students are Beach Soccer Stars for the Day - Feb 22, 2017 - 11:14:02 AM

A group of students from the Down Syndrome Center got a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to play beach soccer with some of the top players from The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States on Tuesday.

A total of 17 children and adults afflicted with the genetic disorder attended the Bahamas Beach Soccer Foundation Clinic at the new state of the art stadium at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility and received one-on-one training from the soccer stars who are in town for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Champions...

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Bahamas represented at New York Times & Boston Globe Travel Shows - Feb 20, 2017 - 11:59:39 PM

Low Winter temperatures, a snowstorm and blizzard, was not enough to stop the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Managers, as well as its Hoteliers and representatives from their Promotion Boards' attendance, at the recent New York Times and Boston Globe Travel Shows.  Their collective participation provided an impressive representation for The Islands Of The Bahamas.

During the weekend of the recent New York Times Travel Show, temperatures dipped into the 30's.  The Boston Globe Travel Show took place the week that city experienced first a snow storm, a blizzard and then temperatures that dipped to wind chill factors as low as 13 degrees below zero.  In both instances, teams representing The Bahamas welcomed Travel agents, media and consumers to their booth to provide them with information on the Sunny Bahamas as an alternative to the north east coast winter weather...
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More than 120 enter MOT’s song competition - Feb 20, 2017 - 11:37:20 AM

The Ministry of Tourism’s (MOT) ‘Da Bahamian Ting’ Song Competition attracted scores of talented singers, songwriters and musicians from throughout The Islands of The Bahamas.

On February 17, members of MOT’s Culture and Heritage Department counted 124 submissions.

The deadline for submissions was 5:00 p.m...
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17th Cacique Awards Finalists Announced - Feb 17, 2017 - 2:05:28 PM

There are 110 nominees for the 18 categories for the 17th Cacique Awards and according to the Blue Ribbon Panel selection committee; this represents more nominees than ever before.

The purpose of the Cacique Awards is to recognize the roles played by those individuals and organizations whose performance or products have consistently made a positive impact on the quality and the growth of tourism in The Bahamas.

Two new categories have been added this year - the Blue Ribbon Panel Award and the Wilfred “Willie” Love Knowles Tourism awards...
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Tourism Minister pays tribute to Nathanial Clement "Piccolo Pete" Saunders - Feb 17, 2017 - 7:43:33 AM

He was Mr. Bimini and the full and colourful life of this cultural ambassador, entertainer, mariner, fisherman, fishing guide to world celebrities and entrepreneur Nathanial Clement “Piccolo Pete” Saunders came to a peaceful end after close to a century of promoting and marketing that slice of Bahamian paradise called Bimini.

With the passing of this legend, an era has come to an end but his life’s work will live on in perpetuity.

Born on the 7th November, 1914, Uncle Natty as he was affectionately called was the community’s oldest, most respected and entertaining personality ...

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Tru Tru Bahamian Festival Sees True Growth - Feb 16, 2017 - 5:09:16 PM

John Watlings Distillery came alive with authentic Bahamian culture on February 11 when hundreds of locals and visitors came to Delancy Street for the ‘Tru Tru Bahamian Festival.’

As expected, ‘Tru Tru’ delivered on a variety of Bahamian food, arts and craft and entertainment.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sponsored the event, which was a production of the Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA)...
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Graycliff owner named Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement winner - Feb 16, 2017 - 2:57:48 PM

Members of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the 17th Cacique Awards have announced that this year’s Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Enrico Garzaroli of Graycliff of Nassau.

Mr. Garzaroli is no stranger to The Bahamas’ tourism industry.

When he migrated to The Bahamas from Italy in 1972, he bought a mansion once owned by the notorious pirate Captain Graysmith...
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USA Bahamas Tourist Office Sales Team Visits Grand Bahama - Feb 14, 2017 - 4:48:48 PM

The Grand Bahama Tourist Office, in partnership with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, recently hosted the USA Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) Senior Sales Team to a three-day familiarization trip of Grand Bahama Island.

As a part of the team’s core focus coming on the heels of the CHTA Marketplace, Ministry of Tourism Area Managers from Plantation, FLA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC and New York, NY participated in extensive site inspections of hotel properties and attractions including, Bell Channel Inn, Island Seas Resort, Ocean Reef Resort, Castaways Resort & Suites, Flamingo Bay Hotel, Taino Beach Resort, Grand Lucayan’s Lighthouse Pointe, Pelican Bay Hotel, Old Bahama Bay Resort, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and The Bahamian Brewery...
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Air Canada Vacations has a Keen Eye on the Bahamas - Feb 9, 2017 - 2:30:05 PM

Air Canada Vacations (ACV) recently met with members of the Bahamas Tourist Board to enhance their current product offerings and explore the expansion of access to the island.

“We have unrivaled operations to the Bahamas,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets, Air Canada Vacations. “Not only do we offer year-round service to the islands’ capital city, we’re also the only Canadian tour operator to offer year-round service to beautiful Great Exuma...
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