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Frontier Airlines Introduces Flights to Nassau, Bahamas - Aug 19, 2014 - 8:13:11 PM

Frontier Airlines has announced that it will be introducing flights to Nassau, Bahamas from Trenton-Mercer starting in November – an initiative that tourism officials are lauding.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced the move this week in a press statement noting that it is the first time a commercial airline from Trenton-Mercer Airport would be introducing an international flight.

 Frontier is offering introductory rates starting at $79 for one-way flights for reservations made between today and August 23rd...
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Bahamas PR/Sales Mission promotes new Direct and Non Stop Service to Grand Bahama from Raleigh/Durham and Pittsburgh - Aug 19, 2014 - 1:54:26 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism along with representatives from the Grand Bahama Island Tourism sector recently teamed up to conduct an aggressive Public Relations and Sales mission throughout the cities of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with key influencers in the private and public sectors, travel agents and media houses to promote new direct and non-stop air service to Grand Bahama Island.

The direct services from the RDU and PIT airports will take place throughout the month of October. Bahamasair is using a 737-400 150 passenger Jet, for the two hour international flights. The Packages including air, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation are being provided by Vacation Express, using six properties on Grand Bahama including two all-inclusive resorts.
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Bahamas Holds Successful Conference For Meeting Planners - Aug 19, 2014 - 1:06:34 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Thirty-five top meeting planners from the United States and Canada recently got the a first-hand look at The Bahamas through a familiarization conference hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board.

According to officials, the aim of the conclave was to attract group business- a growing market within the country’s number one industry.

Senior Manager of Groups Bradley Bosfield in the Ministry of Tourism said the ministry was pleased to participate in this FAM trip...
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Bahamas Chef to Participate iIn Food Network Event - Aug 15, 2014 - 12:04:18 AM

Chicago will get a taste of The Bahamas come next month as Bahamian Chef Simeon Hall Jr. will treat participants of a special Food Network concert at Ravina to Bahamian culinary delights.

The concert, which will be held on September 20, will attract thousands of food lovers to Chicago.

It’s the first time that The Bahamas will participate in the well-renowned event.

Chef Hall has an extensive resume from working as an Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager, Executive Sous Chef and as a Culinary Expert at locations such as Walt Disney Cruises, Marriott Hotels, Island Catering Inc, Grenada W.I., Taino Beach Resorts Ltd to Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and The Ritz Carlton’s Abaco Club to name a few...

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Bahamian Chef Tim Tibbitts and Tourism represent in NYC at Ocean Style’s Taste of Caribbean - Aug 14, 2014 - 8:57:45 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama -  On August 6, Chef Tim Tibbitts of Flying Fish and the Ministry of Tourism took to New York City to represent the Bahamas in a Midtown loft as part of an elegant affair called RESERVEDnyc. - Chefs of the Caribbean.  Hosted by Ocean Style magazine, this was an intimate affair, a culinary experience tailored for an audience with an appreciation for fine living and exquisite food.  The guests had the opportunity to feast on a wide array of different dishes and interact directly with the Chefs.  This chic event featured acclaimed chefs from New York city, St Lucia and the Bahamas.  There was a silent auction in benefit of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation and The American Friends of Jamaica Inc.

Before the event, the organizer OCEAN Style Editor-in-Chief, Douglas Gordon was quoted saying: “We are excited about the chefs that are participating.  Each chef will prepare and serve 2-3 exquisite dishes and guests will have the opportunity to interact directly with them. Our goal is to create an enjoyable, dynamic and engaging experience for the guests and chefs”.
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Festival Place Transforms to Authentic Village in Nassau - Aug 14, 2014 - 6:15:20 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The change of scenery has been good for vendors at Festival Place as more tourists seem to be interested in doing impulse buying, according to Director of Maritime Tourism Janet Johnson.

The vendors were previously moved to Prince George Wharf to accommodate construction at the popular tourist attraction.

But after a recent uproar from vendors, they were relocated to the courtyard at Festival Place.
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Int’l Film Maker Features Nassau In Educational DVD - Aug 12, 2014 - 11:40:28 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - When the new school year begins, thousands of students will be able to get a snap shot view of the Caribbean through an educational DVD, which features Nassau as one of the best places to visit in the Caribbean.

The DVD – Cities of the Caribbean – was filmed by French filmmaker Patrick Baucelin in conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

He said it was Nassau’s old British charmed that lured in him to the downtown area.“Nassau is different because of its architecture and colours,” Mr. Baucelin said. “You can tell that it has stayed true to its British roots. The people of the city also make it unique. The way they dress, the way...
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Bahamas Tourism Staff Gets Nova University Certification - Aug 11, 2014 - 2:51:42 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Staff from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism offices around the world underwent three weeks of intense training to complete a Sales and Marketing Certificate Programme designed especially for the ministry in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University.

The programme was created to achieve Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe’s vision for the staff of the ministry to be prepared to build a foundation so that they would achieve the objectives and the goals of the ministry.

Minister Wilchcombe addressed the participants of the programme during a closing exercise where they received certificates at SuperClubs Breezes, Friday, August 8, 2014...
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Bahamas Tourism to launch ‘Bahamas Best Beaches’ photo competition - Jul 31, 2014 - 2:15:40 PM

Winner to receive 5 day/4 night stay at Pelican Bay Hotel

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is launching an exciting ‘Bahamas Best Beaches’ photo competition using social media and both residents and US visitors will be able to participate. The lucky winner will receive a five day/four night stay at the Pelican Bay Hotel courtesy of the Grand Bahama Island Promotion Board.

Andre Miller, General Manager, Global Communications said, “The Ministry of Tourism is taking a step forward in the adoption of social media by using it to engage residents and past and potential visitors to showcase the beauty and variety of the beaches of The Bahamas...
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Abaco (Bahamas) Calendar of Events for 2014 - May 1, 2014 - 6:29:26 PM

The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to present the 2014 Calendar of Events for the Abacos courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Office, Abaco.

Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make this 120-mile–long chain of islands a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find championship golf courses on Treasure Cay, charming colonial towns on Green Turtle and Elbow Cays, and countless hotels, restaurants and bars throughout The Abacos.

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Design Caribbean 2013 comes to The Bahamas - Feb 22, 2013 - 3:04:01 PM

Bridgetown, Barbados – On January 11, 2013 the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas signed an agreement to hold Design Caribbean 2013 from June 20-23, 2013 at the Grand Lucayan Resort, Freeport Grand Bahama.

The Hon. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama in his remarks at the signing event expressed his delight to host Design Caribbean as it “will expose local artisans and manufacturers to overseas buyers in retail, hospitality, design, music, film and fashion; thus providing them with opportunities to exhibit their talents, market and sell their products and services...

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'Like' Bahamas Film Commission: GB facebook page for opportunities - Jul 27, 2011 - 11:01:54 PM

Are you are interested in the exciting opportunities available in the film industry; feature films, TV commercials, realty shows, fashion shoots, documentaries, music videos and the like and want to take advantage of them? Then you need to ' like' the Bahamas Film Commission: Grand Bahama facebook page.  This is the page that we will be using to post news of upcoming opportunities in the film industry on Grand Bahama Island. 

The opportunities in this industry have been and will always be based on a first come 'first served' basis and The Bahamas Film Commission's Facebook page is the newest and most convenient vehicle that makes it all possible for those who...
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16 Couples Selected to Wed on 16 Islands in The Bahamas at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015 - Aug 11, 2014 - 7:50:50 PM

PLANTATION, Florida - After four months of promotions and submissions from more than three thousand couples from throughout the United States of America, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) announced today that 16 lucky couples have been selected to have their dream wedding, on sixteen of its 700-islands chain, all of which will occur at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015.

The unique, social media promotion aptly named “16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day,” commenced on February 14, 2014 and ended on June 31st, 2014. The promotion was opened to residents of the United States of America only and showcased The Islands Of The Bahamas as the premier destination in the region for romance – weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and romantic escapes. In addition to this, the promotion also highlighted...

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Final night of Goombay Summer Festival in Grand Bahama: August 7th - Aug 6, 2014 - 3:39:51 PM

TAINO BEACH, Grand Bahama Island -  The celebration continues on August 7th from 6:00pm - 12midnight at Taino Beach.

Originally launched in 1974, Goombay Summer was a celebration that became a huge draw for visitors. Over the years, Goombay Summer was sometimes called Junkanoo in June and Junkanoo Summer Festival, but more recently, it has returned to its original name. It is a celebration of authentic Bahamian music, dance, cuisine and craft...

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Grand Bahama Goombay Summer Festival cancelled tonight due to weather - Aug 4, 2014 - 11:04:54 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Due to inclement weather, Goombay Summer Festival scheduled to take place tonight August 4th, 2014 has been cancelled and will resume for the grand finale on Thursday August 7th, 2014 at Taino Beach (weather permitting).
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Ministry of Tourism to create more Junkanoo events - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:46:14 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Full-scale Junkanoo costumes, choreographed dancing and music sections fascinated thousands of spectators who flocked to downtown Nassau for the Junkanoo Summer Festival held during the weekends in July 2014.

The various groups participating in the country’s main cultural expression conjured up images of the annual Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo parades – following which of course winners are announced.

On Saturday the 26, an awards ceremony was held during which the Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe presented awards to the Junkanoo, corporate and marching band participants...

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Miami Goombay Festival Celebrates Bahamas - Jul 30, 2014 - 3:54:30 PM

MIAMI Florida - Miami is hosted the 38th annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival on July 26th in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, a community with prominent Bahamian roots.

The festival featured Bahamian entertainers and a Junkanoo rushout parade showcasing intricate costumes and rhythmic music featuring cowbells, goat-skin drums and brass instruments. Performances were given by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, Qilla Fang, and Goldenchild.  The Celebrity Artist, Jamaal Rolle also exhibited his lifelike artwork...

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Bahamas tourism working with the BNT to strengthen bird-based tourism - Jul 28, 2014 - 4:36:56 PM

Nassau, New Providence - The Ministry of Tourism is working in conjunction with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to strengthen bird-based tourism as a Conservation and Sustainable Development Tool by conducting a week-long workshop to train ‘world-class’ Bird/Nature Tour Guides at two pilot sites: Central Andros and Inagua.

Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu during the opening of the workshop at the British Colonial Hilton, Monday, July 28, 2014, said The Bahamas has the perfect sites for bird watching to take advantage of the $82 billion industry, which is growing at approximately eight per cent a year with an expenditure of $17 billion...

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Bahamas Tourism Team Pays Courtesy Call’s on Tennessee Mayors - Jul 26, 2014 - 11:16:19 AM

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND- The Vacation Express/ Bahamasair Summer Flight program fueled by the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board continues to soar to greater heights. The initial eight city non-stop service program has now picked up two additional cities with flights originating in Memphis and Nashville Tennessee commencing August 11th and September 5th, respectively.

The introduction of this programme increases the average length of stay for the destination with its rolling four (4 nights with departures on the 5th day) flight schedule. Visitor spend on tour excursions, dining experiences and shopping among others aids the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of achieving the widest possible distribution of the benefits of Tourism throughout the island...
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Bahamasair Partners with the Ministry of Tourism - Jul 24, 2014 - 3:35:19 PM

Bahamasair, the nation’s national flag carrier has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) as it works to attract passengers for its West Palm Beach to Nassau service.

According to Woody Wilson, Senior Sales Manager, Bahamasair, the national flag carrier brought in Jay Zeager, the morning show host of 95.9 FM Seaview Radio in West Palm Beach, on Thursday, July 17, for a four day stay to promote the service.

Mr. Wilson said, “We asked him to come over and broadcast live from here, and we have paired him with Star 106 here in Nassau...
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