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Filmmakers, Students to get tips from top Hollywood Producer - Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25:02 PM

The Movie Masters forum returns to Nassau and Grand Bahama this month, giving Bahamian filmmakers access to accomplished Hollywood professionals.

The Bahamas Film & Television Commission launched the Movie Masters lecture series in 2018 to provide opportunities for Bahamians to benefit from the experience of individuals who have already made their mark on the film industry. Prolific film and television producer, Sean Robins, will be the special guest of this year’s instalment of the Movie Masters series. Robins is a partner of Broken Road Productions...
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New Marketing Campaign Featuring Lenny Kravitz Invites Travelers to Fly Away to The Bahamas - Feb 10, 2019 - 2:28:20 PM

A new, multi-channel creative campaign featuring Bahamian-American rock legend Lenny Kravitz reveals the authentic spirit of The Bahamas as a destination of adventure and discovery. Set to the lyrics of Kravitz’s hit song Fly Away, the television commercial and supporting marketing campaign capture his deep personal connection to The Bahamas, as well as the pure adrenaline rush of exploring the archipelago’s 100,000 square miles by boat and plane.

Written in The Bahamas, Fly Away was inspired by the islands’ white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and countless summers the singer spent with his grandparents and mother, the Bahamian-American actress Roxie Roker...
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Lenny Kravitz featured in latest Bahamas tourism campaign - Feb 10, 2019 - 12:41:35 AM

"‘Fly Away’ is inspired by the feeling I get when I’m in The Bahamas." 
-- Lenny Kravitz

NEW YORK, NY -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism launched their latest campaign this past week featuring singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz and his hit song, "Fly Away" which has become the Islands of The Bahamas new slogan.

Kravitz, whose mother is of Bahamian descent, spends about half of his time living in and recording his music on the island of Eleuthera...
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Bahamas Tourism Shows “Mind Blowing” Growth - Feb 6, 2019 - 1:17:34 PM

Tourism’s “mind blowing” growth for the eleven months ending November 30, 2018 accounted for $300 million in additional spending into the Bahamian economy, Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar told House Members, Wednesday (February 6, 2019).

Mr. D’Aguilar said the new growth has also had an added impact on job creation within the Commonwealth, accounting for 10,405 new jobs. Much of this growth he said, was created in the Private Sector and in the number of self-employed persons...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on cruise video and safety - Feb 3, 2019 - 7:00:49 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation shares the following update regarding the YouTube video currently attracting attention and concern in the community. While there is speculation that this video may be a leverage tactic, we have no evidence that this video was influenced by anyone other than its creator.

The Ministry of Tourism maintains active dialogue with the cruise lines as both parties look to navigate a mutually beneficial relationship. In this regard, it is important to both The Bahamas and to the cruise lines that our destination remains desirable...
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The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic Is A Million-Dollar Swing - Jan 29, 2019 - 12:35:49 PM

The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic was a million-dollar swing with golfers, visitors and organizers.

A total of 132 players from around the world competed for the $600,000 purse at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, January 20 - 23. This event was the second of two Web.com Tour events in The Bahamas. The first was The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.

When the dust had settled, Rafael Campos, a native of Puerto Rico, was declared the winner. Campos is the first Puerto Rican to win on the Web.com Tour. This win is his first professional win.
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Bahamas takes home three HSMAI Adrian Awards for outstanding travel marketing - Jan 27, 2019 - 12:07:27 PM

Representatives from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on Tuesday accepted three awards for outstanding travel marketing at the 62nd annual Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis. The Adrian Awards is the largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition.

In the Public Relations category, the Ministry was honored with a Gold Adrian Award for excellence in influencer marketing. The winning campaign, titled “Under the Influence of The Bahamas,” was centered on the insights that more than 40% of millennials...
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The Islands Of The Bahamas Brand Dominates at Top U.S. Shopping Mall - Jan 21, 2019 - 7:35:17 PM

Over the period January 10 - February 7, The Islands Of The Bahamas brand is receiving high visibility in a heavily trafficked area of the Sawgrass Mills Mall, South Florida, in what is being called a major brand takeover or mall domination.

Sawgrass Mills Mall, a mega shopping complex located in the city of Sunrise, Florida, is reportedly the largest single-story shopping outlet in the U.S. and one of the largest shopping malls in the country.  The mall boasts some 2.4 million square feet and attracts an annual traffic of 40 million shoppers...
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Great Exuma Classic Tour ‘A Hole-In-One’ For Exuma - Jan 17, 2019 - 1:02:47 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas hit a hole-in-one with the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic as players and organizers of the event continue to rave about its success.

Over 132 players from around the world teed off at the PGA Web.com Tour event held at Sandals Emerald Bay’s Golf Course from January 10-16.

The event opens the PGA Tour season...
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Ministry of Tourism’s Airlift Team Welcomes AA’s New Senior Regional Manager – Caribbean - Jan 9, 2019 - 11:24:24 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s Airlift Team took the opportunity to welcome American Airlines’ newly appointed Senior Regional Manager – Caribbean, Wellesley Joseph and Caroline Hollingsworth, AA’s Bahamas Country Manager, on his recent visit to Nassau.

The group met to discuss key issues affecting the enduring partnership between AA and The Bahamas, not the least of which is the enhancement of the customer experience...
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Web.com Tour Expected to Impact Islands by over $1,000,000 - Jan 9, 2019 - 9:56:39 AM

5.1 million viewers will know that golf is better in The Bahamas January 13-16 and January 21-24, 2019 during the Web.com Tour in Exuma and Abaco, respectively. Golfers will tee off at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort and the Abaco Club on Winding Bay.

The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic and The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic will open the tour season, and after successful tournaments last year, Virginia Kelly, Director of Product at the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA), is looking forward to the 2019 events...
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Booking site for The Bahamas sees 45 percent increase - Jan 8, 2019 - 12:20:35 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to be a hot spot for millions of tourists, as booking site Kayak has named the destination one of its top five destinations to visit in 2019.

In fact, Kayak is reporting that bookings for The Islands Of The Bahamas have increased by 45 percent over the last year...
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American Airlines Brings New Flights To The Islands Of The Bahamas - Dec 27, 2018 - 4:40:57 PM

The holidays in North Eleuthera and Marsh Harbour, Abaco got a lot busier after American Airlines brought in two new flights from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The flights began on December 22 and will continue to those locations every Saturday.

Passengers will fly to North Eleuthera Airport on a 75-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet, while service to Marsh Harbour Airport will operate on an Embraer E175 that carries 78 passengers...
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AA Adds New Seasonal Winter Flights to Nassau, Bahamas from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport - Dec 20, 2018 - 8:35:26 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas is undoubtedly one of the top warm weather destinations in the world and this year, American Airlines is teaming up with the country to make the destination more accessible for the winter season for Chicagoans. AA’s new seasonal non-stop Saturday service into Nassau, Bahamas out of Chicago O’Hare starts December 22nd.

The new service will feature a flight that departs Chicago at 8:30 am, arriving Nassau, Bahamas in time for lunch on the beach at 12:45 pm.  The service will be operated by 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft...
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The Islands Of The Bahamas Snags Two Top Best Caribbean Awards - Dec 19, 2018 - 4:10:20 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to dominate tourism in the Caribbean. So says Caribbean Journal which bestowed on the destination two key awards in its Caribbean Travel Awards 2018: Best Caribbean Destination and Best Caribbean Tourism Minister. Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering Caribbean travel and tourism.

Editor and Publisher of Caribbean Journal Alexander Britell said, “The region’s tourism offering has never been more diverse or more energetic. It’s a message to the world that the Caribbean isn’t just back — it’s better than ever.”

But it is better in The Bahamas, and according to officials, the destination had the most impressive growth in the region...
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Abaco Christmas Festival Has Record Turnout - Dec 19, 2018 - 2:28:53 PM

The Abaco Christmas Festival saw a record number of attendees this year, according to Wynsome Ferguson, Manager of the Abaco Tourist Office.

“Several thousand people would have visited the festival grounds throughout the day and evening on Saturday, keeping close to 40 vendors very busy and happy,” Ferguson said...
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Islands Of The Bahamas Partners With Brightline - Dec 18, 2018 - 12:26:16 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to ramp up its marketing efforts, particularly in the Florida area where the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) has entered into a new partnership with Brightline.

Brightline is a high speed rail system that connects some of the major cities in Florida, namely West Palm Beach, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

Soon, the company will expand its tracks to Tampa and Orlando, according to officials...
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Hope Town Music Festival Raises over $170,000 for Local Charities - Dec 18, 2018 - 9:25:04 AM

Friends of the Environment, Every Child Counts and the Hope Town Volunteer Fire Department will collectively receive over $170,000 to split evenly, thanks to the proceeds raised from the Combustion Hope Town Music Festival, held this past weekend in Hope Town. This figure exceeds last year’s intake which was $150,000.

Chris Farren, Founder and President of Combustion Music, said the festival is so special because of the island, itself...
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The Bahamas ‘People-to-People Experience’ A Hit with Florida Travel Agents - Dec 13, 2018 - 12:58:08 PM

Authentic Bahamian cultural activities, including the Changing of the Guard at Government House and the country’s

‘People-to-People Experience,’ were a big hit for a recent group of Florida travel agents who visited Nassau for a Familiarization trip.

The group included travel agents from the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando areas, all of whom had been exposed to The Bahamas product through a Seminar or presentation during the year...
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Bahamian Chefs Head To UN Holiday Chef Takeover - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:59:31 AM

The cuisine of The Islands Of The Bahamas will be put on full display from December 12 through 14 as three chefs from the Bahamas National Culinary Team will participate in the United Nations’ Holiday Chef Takeover in New York City.

Chefs Asteir Dean, Kevin Pratt and Celeste Smith will display holiday Bahamian favorites to hundreds of international guests.

Chef Dean, who is leading the trio, said he was excited to be have been selected...
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