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Bahamians in S. Florida celebrate 44th Anniversary of Country's Independence - Jul 18, 2017 - 2:51:26 PM

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  - July 17, 2017 - Bahamians in South Florida, persons of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas recently gathered at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Florida for an Independence Ecumenical Service to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Among the speakers at the event, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, The Bahamas/CARICOM Ambassador-designate, received enthusiastic cheers when he told those in attendance that,  "the greatest asset of The Bahamas is not sun sand or sea, but WE (the people)." 
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Bahamas participates in golf tourism convention - Jul 15, 2017 - 10:35:24 AM

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Golf tour operators from around the globe were eager to find out more about golfing in The Islands of The Bahamas at the 10th IAGTO North American Golf Tourism Convention (NAC) recently. The NAC attracted nearly 200 golf tour operators and was held at the Trump National Doral Miami country club in Miami, Florida. 

IAGTO is the global trade organization for the golf tourism industry, which comprises of 2438 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, tourist boards, approved media and business partners in 95 countries including, at its core, 652 specialist golf tour operators in 62 countries...
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Conchservation comes to Grand Bahama Island - Jul 5, 2017 - 9:28:38 PM

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On Thursday, June 29th, the Ministry of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism and Product Department, in conjunction with the Bahamas National Trust, hosted the first ever Conch Vendors and Suppliers Workshop at the Rand Nature Centre.

The event attracted some 27 vendors from throughout the island, who sat under the teaching of key influencers and stakeholders in the fisheries, environmental health and customer service sectors...
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Sustainable Tourism Facilitates Conch Vendors and Suppliers Workshop - Jun 27, 2017 - 11:33:38 PM

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This week representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, along with The Bahamas National Trust, held a press conference at the Rand Nature Center to announce a special conch vendor’s workshop to be held on Thursday, June 29th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Senior Executive for Sustainable Tourism, Jeffrey Pinder, explained that the workshop is targeted to persons who are harvesting and reselling the conch, along with those who make various products using conchshell.

Acknowledging that 2017 has been declared as the year of Sustainable Tourism Development, Pinder said, “The workshop is in keeping with the sustainable development goals from the United Nations...
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77th Annual Convention of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc. - Jun 27, 2017 - 11:32:26 PM

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With songs of praise and hearts of worship, hundreds of delegates fellowshipped on Grand Bahama Island at the 77th Annual Convention of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows (IAMWMW), June 17th – 22nd, at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

This year marked the annual convention‘s fourth visit to The Bahamas and its first visit to Grand Bahama Island.

President of the Bahamas Chapter and Convention Co-Chairperson, Rev. Dr. Sherry Collie, explained that the convention’s first visit to The Bahamas was in 1990...
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Junkanoo Groups Preparing for Junkanoo Summer Festival - Jun 22, 2017 - 9:30:49 PM

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It’s summer time again and that means Junkanooers throughout the Islands of The Bahamas are getting ready for a sizzling Junkanoo Summer Festival.

The cultural extravaganza will take over Arawak Cay July 1, 15, 22 and 29. The festival, which runs from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, will also feature mouthwatering Bahamian dishes from nearly 30 vendors, authentic Bahamian craft and an exciting kiddie corner.

Each evening focuses on a different aspect of Junkanoo. On July 1, the spotlight will be on choreography, July 15, groups will be judged on costumes and on July 22 the overall competition will be held...
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Bahamas wins new Business Aviation Award - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:34:53 PM

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The Bahamas was presented the 2016 Caribbean Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for Outstanding Country Promotion, the first award of its kind for the region. The Sapphire Pegasus Award is a symbol of gratitude for the superb performance in an industry segment where mediocrity is unacceptable.

The award was introduced to the region during the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten, June 13-15. “Based on expert advice and the long record of outstanding performance, we decided that The Bahamas should be awarded for the excellent promotion of the Caribbean over a longer period of time in the business aviation industry,” said Antonia Lukacinova, founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Awards...
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7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:20:07 PM

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On Saturday, June 17th, 2017, the community of West End came to life as the Ministry of Tourism hosted the 7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival on Bayshore Road, West End.

The Tournament, which commenced at 7:00am, unleashed excitement among anglers within the local and historic fishing community who took to the early morning seas for an eight hour fishing trip, all for the love of culture and snapper!

With West End being the hardest hit community on Grand Bahama last year during the passage of hurricane Matthew, Director for the Ministry of Tourism on Grand Bahama Island, Betty Bethel, said that “I’m very pleased to see how well the community has cleaned up...
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Alpitour flights from Italy return to Grand Bahama - Jun 16, 2017 - 5:59:34 PM

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On Thursday, June 15th,the Alpitour Villaggi Bravo Charter flight returned to Grand Bahama Island to commence its summer program, after a successful charter season in 2016.

With a total of 103 passengers on board, the charter, which is the only direct flight from Milan, Italy to Grand Bahama Island, will allow visitors to experience a week-long vacation stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort, partner property.
Cristina Cazzani from the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Italy said that, "The Bahamas Tourist Office in Italy has a long relationship with travel to Grand Bahama... Since 1992, we have sent lots of Italians in the summer through our charters. Together with the Ministry of Tourism and the BTO, Italy, there has been an improved program for a direct flight from Milan to Freeport..."
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Young Bahamian creative writers urged to enter student essay competition - Jun 14, 2017 - 6:06:23 PM

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Deadline to submit is July 3


NASSAU, Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) are looking for the best young creative writers in the Caribbean and are calling for entries into the 2017 FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay Contest.

The contest is a prerequisite to The Bahamas participating in the FCCA regional contest. It is open to all students on the primary, junior and secondary education level and it has two divisions of competition: junior and senior...
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Bahamas Wins Junior Chef of The Year At Taste of the Caribbean - Jun 10, 2017 - 3:48:22 AM

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The youngest member of the 2017 National Culinary Team Kenria Taylor stunned the region recently when she won Junior Chef of the Year at the Taste of the Caribbean 2017 held in Miami, Florida from June 2-6.

The Bahamas National Culinary Team overall scored two gold and several silver medals at the regional culinary showdown...
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Grand Bahama to host 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows convention - Jun 7, 2017 - 10:10:21 AM

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On Thursday, June 1st, the Ministry of Tourism's Religious Tourism Department, along with representatives from the International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Inc., held a press conference to inform the public of the 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows annual convention set to be held on Grand Bahama Island.

The convention, which will take place June 17th- 23rd at the Grand Lucayan Hotel, will be dedicated to fostering an environment of teaching, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment...

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American Airlines Begins New Nonstop Service from North Carolina to Exuma - Jun 6, 2017 - 3:28:47 PM

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American Airlines has added yet another new flight to The Islands of The Bahamas with nonstop service from Charlotte, North Carolina to Georgetown, Exuma.

The inaugural flight, which took place on Saturday, June 3, touched down at Georgetown’s airport shortly after 10:20 a.m. The new route will expose The Bahamas to new visitors allowing for greater market penetration. The new service will operate weekly on Saturdays. The airplane, a Bombardier CRJ-700, has a capacity of 63 seats, nine in first class and 54 in the main cabin...
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Bahamas Represented at Clia’s Cruise360 Conference and Trade Show - Jun 5, 2017 - 5:44:58 PM

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The Islands of The Bahamas was well represented at the Cruise Lines International Association's Cruise360 2017 Conference and Trade Show, which recently took place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, Florida.

At Cruise360, The Bahamas was able to connect with top-notch travel agents, cruise line executives and industry representatives during the week of networking events, educational workshops and trade show exhibition. Florida-based Director for Cruise & Maritime Development, Glenda Johnson, seized the opportunity during The Bahamas workshop to update agents on the new tourism products at the destination; saying “it’s crucial to educate agents so that they can better sell to their clients”...
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The Bahamas’ Ultimate Ocean Road Trip - Jun 4, 2017 - 8:43:35 PM

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Once again, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is offering boating enthusiasts the adventure of a lifetime. A convoy of boats, under the leadership of seasoned mariners, will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 8, 2017 to kick off the highly anticipated Bahamas Boating Flings.

These Boating Flings will begin in June and occur each weekend concurrently throughout the month of July and climax on July 27-30, 2017. Boaters will journey across the Gulf Stream and passage through translucent blue waters to behold the beauty that is The Islands of The Bahamas.
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Florida- Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) 2017 Children's Environmental Poster Competition - Jun 2, 2017 - 1:03:16 AM

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On Tuesday, May 30th, the Ministry of Tourism facilitated the judging process for the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation 2017 Children's Environmental Poster Competition.

Under the theme "Our World Is Precious...Save Our Land and Seas", all primary/secondary school students in FCCA's partner destinations were invited to participate in this year's environmental poster competition.

The competition, which seeks to promote environmental awareness among students and inform them of the importance of environmental protection, was judged by Bahamian artist and educator Steffon Grant along with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism...
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Lights Up The Skies - May 25, 2017 - 12:33:05 PM

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On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, hundreds of attendees flocked to Taino Beach to witness what promised to be the most awe-inspiring aeronautical showcase at the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show.

After a successful Young Eagle’s career fair the day before, the Grand Bahama Air Show, coupled with the inaugural Kite Festival, offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to participate in a full evening of exciting events.

Among those in attendance was aviation enthusiast, Dave Shallbetter, of Sun ‘n Fun Radio...
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Airshow Underway! - May 19, 2017 - 6:54:58 PM

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AIRPLANES, AIR BOSSES AND AEROBATICS ARE READY FOR THE SKIES


After months of planning, marketing and promoting the unique aerobatics and cultural showcase scheduled to take place this coming weekend, the Ministry of Tourism has cleared the runway and is ready to take off with the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th – 20th, 2017, at Taino Beach, Freeport Grand Bahama Island.

During a press conference held at the event’s host hotel, Pelican Bay, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, Nuvolari Chootosingh, Manager for Sports Tourism...
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Bahamas to Take on Caribbean in Taste of the Caribbean - May 19, 2017 - 5:19:06 PM

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A cadre of culinary chefs from around The Bahamas have once again come together to challenge the Caribbean in a four-day showdown at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami, Florida from June 2-6.

The event, which is now in its 24th year, unites top chefs in the region to learn and demonstrate their skills in an all-out cultural showdown.

The Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA) searches for the best chefs from different organizations to compete in the region’s top premier culinary competition.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism proudly sponsors the event among others...
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Inaugural Bahamas Power Boat Races Held in Bimini - May 15, 2017 - 2:00:32 PM

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The spotlight was on Bimini April 28 – 29 for the first annual Offshore Powerboat Competition. It was a beautiful weekend that saw 16 fast powerboats gracefully glide across the deep blue Bimini seas.

The thrilling event which brought thousands of participants, families and fans to Bimini was a partnership between Resorts World Bimini, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) and The Bahamas Ocean Sports Authority (BOSA). In conjunction with the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA). The competition is also scheduled to appear on NBC Sports Network TV on the East Coast, the Midwest and on the West Coast...

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