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Owyn Ferguson is the New Bahamas Junior Minister of Tourism - Apr 24, 2015 - 6:24:31 AM

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After beating out 14 youth tourism ambassadors from around The Bahamas, Owyn Ferguson of St. Anne’s School has been named the new junior minister of tourism.

Ferguson like other senior students participated in the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition held at Superclub Breezes recently.

Finishing second was Latess Bartlett of Mary Star the Sea Catholic School in Grand Bahama and third place went to Michel Anderson of Acklins Central High School, Acklins...

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Tourism People-to-People Volunteer Drive set for Apr 28 in Grand Bahama - Apr 24, 2015 - 3:21:18 AM

TAINO BEACH, Grand Bahama Island  - The Ministry of Tourism’s People-to-People Department is taking hospitality to another level.

In an effort to grow its hospitality reach and improve visitors’ experience, the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island is holding a volunteer drive and reception on Tuesday, April 28th at Junkanoo Beach Club, Taino Beach from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
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Bahamas Government thanks the Bahamian people on Grand Bahama Carnival - Apr 19, 2015 - 8:22:35 PM


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The following is a statement by the Bahamas Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe:

I join the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and colleague ministers in expressing our profound thanks to the Bahamian people for their leap of faith and unshakable belief in themselves and their ability to execute a world class show and perform on a world stage before a global audience.

Bahamians and residents of Grand Bahama and elsewhere came out in great numbers over the weekend in support of the country’s inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. The government is especially please...
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Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Set for Grand Bahama - Apr 17, 2015 - 9:49:46 AM

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PORT LUCAYA, Grand Bahama Island –  The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament series will be heading to The Bahamas for its second annual Battle in The Bahamas.  This two-day kayak fishing tournament, scheduled to take place April 23rd-26th, 2015 will lure in anglers and their families from all over the world.   Grand Bahama Island will play host to this group of skilled and courageous fishermen as they battle each other and Mother Nature for a chance to win over $30,000.00 USD in cash and prizes with a 1st place prize of $10,000.00 USD.  

The tournament will help raise money for Grand Bahama Children’s Home and will offer free entertainment, food, drinks and lots of fun ...
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Ministry of Tourism Opens the International Door for Bahamian Artists Through Co-Branding - Apr 16, 2015 - 3:46:16 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Top-notch local performances at international standards, promoting cultural exchange, is the goal of the Ministry of Tourism to boost the Bahamian economy. Dwight Armbrister, director of Religious Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, said that co-branding in Religious Tourism music concerts, as was done for the recent Easter Gospel Fest – with local and international artists sharing the stage -- leads to benefits for local artists, visiting artists, and the Bahamian economy.

Mr. Armbrister explained that the Religious Tourism department focuses on groups coming into the country for faith-based initiatives – whether conferences, retreats or music fests -- and provides facilities for them to have a great experience...
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New Junior Minister of Tourism To Be Named This Week - Apr 14, 2015 - 3:39:44 PM

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By the end of this week, a new junior minister of tourism will be named and will take on the mammoth task of bridging the gap between the government and the youth in the country’s number one industry.

Fifteen finalists from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, Exuma, Long Island, Bimini, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Berry Islands, Inagua, Mayaguana, San Salvador, Acklins and Crooked Island are scheduled to compete for the prestigious position.

The competition will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. at Superclub Breezes Resort, Cable Beach.

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National Coastal Awareness Launches iREPORT Competition 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 - 2:44:22 PM

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The National Coastal Awareness Committee in Collaboration with the Bahamas Reef Educational Environmental Foundation (BREEF) Eco-Schools programme is challenging young people from around The Bahamas to identify and recommend solutions to challenges in their coastal environment through an iREPORT competition.

It’s all a part of Coastal Awareness Month, which creates a series of public awareness and educational activities under the theme, “If not now, when?...If not us, who?”

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Hundreds Turned Out for Fun, Love, Peace and Coconut at Pelican Point Coconut Festival - Apr 10, 2015 - 3:12:52 PM

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PELICAN POINT, Grand Bahama – On Easter Monday the East came to life with hundreds of visitors and locals alike sampling everything Coconut at the 17th Annual Coconut Festival at Pelican Point. The settlement of Pelican Point was the place to experience what some of our visitors called, “a great Coconut experience.”

It was a day filled with Fun and Games like ‘Pass the Coconut,’ ‘Coconut Tart Eating Contest’ ‘Coconut Straw Plaiting,’ and ‘Coconut Barking.’...
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Bahamas Holds On to Top Spot For Best Caribbean Private Jet Destination - Apr 9, 2015 - 11:02:15 AM

The Bahamas continues to dominate its competitors in the Caribbean as the number one private jet destination in the Caribbean.

A new report from XOJET, a leading private aviation services company, states that ultra-luxe travelers prefer The Bahamas more than any other destination.

Second to The Bahamas is St. Maarten followed by the Turks and Caicos Islands...
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The Bahamas Is the Official Home of the Swimming Pigs - Apr 2, 2015 - 6:08:22 PM


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THE EXUMAS, Bahamas - The Bahamas is the 'Official Home of the Swimming Pigs'. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures and affectionately called "Pig Beach". The swimming pigs join the vast selection of aquatic activities already popular with visitors to The Bahamas, from snorkelling with tropical fish and sea turtles to shark and eel sightings to scuba diving.

The family of pigs, dubbed 'adorable' by tourists, locals and media alike, have become incredibly popular. They live freely on the sandy beaches, and after basking in the sun for hours, they swim in the surf...
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Bahamas lead 22nd Annual World Travel Awards Nomination - Mar 31, 2015 - 12:39:26 AM


Nominated In 9 Different Categories, Cementing Position As Caribbean Destination of Choice

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Islands Of The Bahamas are very excited to be nominated in 9 different categories in the 22nd World Travel Awards in the following categories: ‘Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination,’ ‘Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination,’ ‘Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port,’ ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination,’ ‘Caribbean’s Leading Dive Destination,’ ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination,’ ‘Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board,’ and ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination...’

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Junior Minister Winner Pinned as Ambassador of ‘the Grand Life’ - Mar 25, 2015 - 2:22:18 AM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Sixteen year old LaTess Bartlett, winner of the Junior Minister of Tourism competition for Grand Bahama, was officially pinned as an Ambassador of ‘the Grand Life’ on Grand Bahama by Betty Bethel, Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy on Tuesday.

The 11th grade student emerged the winner over four other participants of the competition held on Thursday at Grand Lucayan Resort.

According to Ms. Bethel, LaTess is an "excellent candidate" for the Junior Minister competition to be held in Nassau, and whether she returns to Grand Bahama as the overall winner or not...
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Nassau / PI destination assessment results to be revealed today - Mar 25, 2015 - 1:27:34 AM

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Tourism stakeholders constructing action plan to improve sustainability

Nassau, Bahamas – March 25, 2015: Today The Bahamas will learn the current sustainability status and competitive position of its most popular tourist destination Nassau/Paradise Island, serving as the first step in the journey toward sustainable destination management.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) will be announcing the results of the Rapid Sustainable Destination Diagnostic for Nassau and Paradise Island as part of its participation in the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA).

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Bahamas team completes 3-week sales mission promoting Grand Bahama Island - Mar 19, 2015 - 9:05:57 PM


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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Islands of The Bahamas has successfully completed a Sales and PR Mission across the U.S. informing all of the ease, affordability and convenience of traveling to Grand Bahama.

A team comprised of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism staff, both U.S. and Grand Bahama based, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and partners from across the spectrum of tour operators, airlines and ground transportation representatives recently visited major cities beginning in the Northeast and ending in Nashville, TN.

Partners taking part in the road show in various cities included representatives of Vacation Express, MLT Vacations and Mark Travel - tour operators, Forbes Charter Service (ground transportation), Underwater Explorer’s Society UNEXSO (Dolphin Programs) and the Grand Lucayan Resort, Grand Bahama...

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Photo Spread From Exuma Heritage Festival‏ - Mar 19, 2015 - 7:08:19 PM

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Exuma, Bahamas - Enclosed are photos that show scenes from the Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival held in George Town Exuma from March 12-14. Each night there were music and dance performances at Regatta Park.

Photos enclosed...

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New non-stop service to Grand Bahama, easy, affordable and convenient - Mar 18, 2015 - 1:41:51 PM

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Islands Of The Bahamas has successfully completed a Sales and PR Mission across the U.S. informing all of the ease, affordability and convenience of travelling to the Island of Grand Bahama to experience an unlimited array of activities; shopping and casino gambling or relaxing on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

A team including staff of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, both U.S. and Grand Bahama based; Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and partners from across the spectrum of Tour Operators, Airlines, ground transportation and activities, recently visited major cities across the U.S. beginning in the North East and ending in Nashville, TN.
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Culture Brought to the Forefront at Bahamas Music and Heritage Festival - Mar 17, 2015 - 11:10:48 PM

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Exuma, Bahamas - Hundreds of tourists and Bahamians flocked to Regatta Park in George Town, Exuma on March 12-14 for the cultural explosion of the annual Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival.

The festival, which is a signature event of the Ministry of Tourism, celebrated its 11th year.

Under the theme, “Celebrating the islands…we’re going island hopping” the event was a culmination of food, fun and some friendly competition...
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Wilchcombe optimistic over record tourism numbers - Mar 17, 2015 - 5:24:48 PM

Building on the momentum of 6.2 million visitors to our shores in 2013, the Ministry of Tourism recently reported double digit growth in stopover arrivals, a measurable spike hotel room occupancy levels and rates for January 2015. At 74,000 visitors, this represented a 13% increase over the same period in 2014, a 7% hike in hotel occupancy levels and an average room rate increase of 11%.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Wilchcombe believes this performance means that the country is on the right track as far as tourism is concerned and is the result of his ministry’s comprehensive and multi-tiered marketing strategy covering the full tourism gambit from...
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Bahamas Tourism's "People to People" Building Toward 40th Anniversary - Mar 17, 2015 - 9:50:27 AM

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Almost four decades after the start of the People to People program, volunteers are keeping it vibrant and calling on more Bahamians to join, ensuring a continued rejuvenation.

Stephen and Terry Bellot recently hosted more than 20 students from Drake University and University of Maryland at their Nassau home. The seemingly unusual event was one of several hostings that have become a regular activity for the Bellots...
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Bahamas Film Commissioner lends support - Mar 16, 2015 - 11:40:44 AM

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B ahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods showed support for Bahamian filmmaker Chris Pinder on the set of a new project in Nassau. Pinder, the head of Blue Hole Pictures, is a successful industrial filmmaker who has been nominated for several Emmy awards.

Blue Hole Pictures, which is based in Atlanta, recently completed a sweep through Freeport and Nassau, producing quality projects for Bahamian clients. For the productions, the group used the high-performance Arri Amira digital camera.

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