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What’s new in The Islands of The Bahamas in April - Apr 6, 2021 - 3:19:02 PM

The Bahamas is heating up this spring with the recent announcement of the return of cruising  to the destination in the coming months and Expedia Group’s North American sites showing a 170% increase in searches about the destination in February. With a number of additional reopenings, The Bahamas is ready to continue to bring visitors the unparalleled vacation experience it is known for...
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Lighthouse Pointe Receives World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travels Stamp - Apr 2, 2021 - 9:15:28 AM

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The Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan Resort, which reopened on March 25, became Grand Bahama Island’s first hotel to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, issued by the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC).

The Tourism Development Corporation is responsible for approving the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels Stamp. The Stamp recognizes destinations that are safe and have implemented the health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with the WTTC’s Global Safe Travels Protocols...
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Director General shares optimistic on the state of tourism - Mar 29, 2021 - 1:26:44 PM

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In a recent meeting of The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s Board of Directors & Membership Meeting, Director General Joy Jibrilu shared hopeful news that the tourism industry is well on the way to recovery.
 
Noting that 2020 was a challenging year, not only for the country but also globally, Jibrilu expressed her excitement on the current position that the industry holds. “Our insights show us that there is huge interest in Caribbean travel, and specifically travel to The Bahamas.”
 
Data has shown that this interest has peaked since the opening of the borders. Reflecting this trend is the latest report from the Expedia Group’s North American sites...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism reflects on an unprecedented year and an optimistic future - Mar 24, 2021 - 3:30:50 PM

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After enduring one of the most challenging years in history, which devastated The Bahamas’ vital tourism industry and resulted in an unprecedented financial deficit, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation remains unwavering in its commitment to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help the country move forward to brighter, more prosperous days.

While this past year has shaken the tourism economy to its very core, a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan and streamlined travel protocols...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on the return of Royal Caribbean - Mar 22, 2021 - 4:41:52 PM


The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is thrilled to welcome back longtime partner Royal Caribbean International, as the cruise line announced today that Nassau will be the homeport for Adventure of the Seas, beginning this June. The Bahamas Government and Ministry of Tourism have worked closely with Royal Caribbean throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is with great pleasure that The Bahamas embraces its critical role in the return of cruising.

Adventure of the Seas will be homeporting in Nassau and visiting additional islands in The Bahamas including Grand Bahama Island and Perfect Day at CocoCay...
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Crystal’s New Luxury Bahamas Escapes open to record bookings - Mar 22, 2021 - 12:03:25 PM

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Luxury cruise travel is back!  Recording its biggest single day of bookings in company history, Crystal reports an extraordinary response in the first 24 hours of reservations opening for its new Luxury Bahamas Escapes aboard Crystal Serenity debuting July 3rd. Nearly 4,000 enthusiastic travelers reserved staterooms or suites on at least one of the seven-night voyages that cruise from Nassau or Bimini roundtrip booking more than 25 percent of the 16 voyages combined availability. Almost 200 guests reserved back-to-back voyages with some planning to spend 42 days on board the company’s flagship...
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Expedia launches three Campaigns helping to drive recovery to The Bahamas - Mar 19, 2021 - 6:58:40 PM

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With Spring underway, Expedia is seeing an uptick in people searching for upcoming getaways to escape the winter blues. Destinations within the Caribbean have been popular among American travelers planning warm weather getaways, with Expedia.com searches for Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas, growing week-over-week...
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Minister of Tourism & Aviation tours Margaritaville Beach Resort and One Particular Harbour at The Pointe - Mar 19, 2021 - 3:50:53 PM

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Minister of Tourism & Aviation, Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and his executive team toured the newly built oceanfront 150-room Margaritaville Beach Resort and One Particular Habour at The Pointe. The 6-acre development will also feature a 45-slip marina, the LandShark water park, a spa, miniature golf course, movie theater and bowling alley for both tourists and residents to enjoy.

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Airbnb and The CTO launch campaign to promote tourism to The Bahamas and other Caribbean destinations - Mar 18, 2021 - 3:26:24 PM

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After almost a year of intermittent travel restrictions, Airbnb, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and The Bahamas are collaborating to amplify the country's recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 by promoting responsible travel to the destination across Airbnb's vast global community.

As part of this alliance, Airbnb and the CTO are launching a campaign leveraging Airbnb's robust media platforms to market The Bahamas and other CTO member countries to millions of engaged Airbnb users...
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BMOTA Statement on Report of security breach of Travel Health Visa Website - Mar 11, 2021 - 7:05:35 PM

It has been brought to the attention of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation that there is currently in circulation on social media, a report of a security breach of sensitive data on the website that hosts the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application process.

We categorically state that there has been no such breach or compromise of our systems or databases...
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What’s new in The Islands of The Bahamas in March - Mar 8, 2021 - 5:23:31 PM

The Bahamas is setting its sights on a busy spring filled with romance, reopenings, awards and hot deals perfect for an extended-stay in The Bahamas. With new hotel reopenings in Nassau and Grand Bahama this month and plenty of savings, there is no better time to start planning a Bahamian getaway.

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Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Hosts Virtual Romance Expos – On March 10, the MOTA...
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Tourism Minister attends Bahamas Charter Yacht Show In West Palm Beach - Mar 1, 2021 - 11:24:50 AM

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Dionisio D’Aguilar, Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA), attended the opening of a special Bahamas Charter Yacht Show, on February 25, at the Rybovich Superyacht Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The two-day charter broker-only show was organized by the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) in partnership with the BMOTA and the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)...
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Blue Lagoon receives WTTC Safe Travels Stamp - Feb 18, 2021 - 2:29:50 PM

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Blue Lagoon is the first tourist attraction in The Bahamas to receive the Safe Travels Stamp indicating the attraction’s readiness for the return of visitors and residents to this tourism experience.  The stamp issued by the Bahamas’ Safe Travels Stamp Ambassador, the Tourism Development Corporation, recognizes Blue Lagoon for its enhanced health and safety protocols put in place by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The Islands of The Bahamas as a destination has also been designated as a Safe Travels Destination...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and Royal Bahamas Police Force strengthen partnership - Feb 18, 2021 - 11:34:53 AM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) seeks to strengthen its partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF). This objective was at the top of the agenda of a recent meeting between Dr. Kenneth Romer, Executive Director, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and Commissioner Paul Rolle of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, as they engaged in a critical stakeholder meeting at the Police Headquarters.

During the meeting, Dr. Romer updated Commissioner Rolle on the national and global tourism outlook...
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Ministry of Tourism on Outstanding Industrial Agreement Payments to Airport Authority Employees - Feb 16, 2021 - 8:06:37 PM

The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, which has ministerial responsibility for the Airport Authority, is aware of concerns being raised by Airport Authority employees through their Union, the Bahamas Public Services Union, about certain sums of money to be paid as a part of the Industrial Agreement.  The Government of The Bahamas has agreed to pay all outstanding monies owed to the Airport Authority employees over a 6month period commencing the March 2021 pay-period. 

The Ministry has remained fully committed to honouring all agreed terms of the Industrial Agreement, and this has been communicated.
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BMOTA announces " From The Bahamas With Love" Virtual Romance Expo - Feb 10, 2021 - 11:30:09 AM

The Bahamas, one of the world’s leading destinations for weddings and honeymoons, is gearing up to host two virtual events - From The Bahamas With Love - to showcase the vast offerings for romantic escapes throughout the destination. The expo will bring together industry leaders, partners, hotels, venues and services for a truly unique and educational experience for trade and consumer participants...
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Establishment of the Exuma Community Multi-purpose Co-operative Society Limited. - Jan 27, 2021 - 10:05:09 AM

The Island of Exuma is now poised to meet the challenges and opportunities of a resurgence in Tourism, with the establishment of the Exuma Community Multi-purpose Co-operative Society Limited.

With the assistance of Ms. Cheryl Bowe-Moss, Director of Society at the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources and Mrs. Joy Nichols, Senior Co-operative Officer, the Exuma Co-operative has brought together over thirty persons involved in Farming, Fishing , Arts and Craft and even bee-keeping...
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The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022. - Jan 12, 2021 - 7:54:57 PM

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The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022.

The Bahamas Charter Yacht Show Committee has announced today, “That after much thought and consideration to the charter yachts and crew participating, charter brokers travelling from abroad, and out of respect for the Government and people of The Bahamas during this COVID environment, the annual Bahamas Charter Yacht Show, scheduled for February of 2021 in Nassau...
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What’s new in The Islands of The Bahamas in 2021 - Jan 12, 2021 - 1:55:58 PM

The Islands of The Bahamas are kicking off the New Year with new hotel opening, continued reopenings and increased airlift from major international markets, giving travelers plenty of reasons to add the destination to their 2021 bucket lists. With the new and improved Bahamas.com, future travelers can explore all that the islands have to offer while planning their next Bahamian getaway.

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The Bahamas Invites Santa to Defrost on Stocking Island ­– After a busy holiday season, The Bahamas has invited Santa to hang up his suit...
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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on the passing of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart - Jan 5, 2021 - 5:15:38 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation extends sincere condolences on the passing of Gordon “Butch” Stewart.  

Two decades ago, the visionary Jamaican hotelier Butch Stewart brought the Sandals brand to The Bahamas and joined hands with us in building a leading tourism destination.

Today, as we mourn the passing of a global trailblazer in the hospitality industry...
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