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Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament - Grand Bahama, April 24th - 27th - Apr 17, 2014 - 3:47:58 PM

Grand Bahama Island is gearing up to host a fishing competition like none other! On April 24th- 27th, 2014, for the first time, anglers from throughout the United States will pack their gear and kayaks and head over to beautiful Grand Bahama to participate in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament (EKFT).

Extreme Kayak Fishing “Battle in the Bahamas” is a two day game fishing tournament and ultimate battle for the $5,000.00 jackpot cash prize. Unlike traditional fishing tournaments where anglers go out to sea on their boats, this particular tournament calls for kayaks or paddle boards. The last tournament that took place in Pompano Beach on September 27th, 2013 attracted some 82 anglers that traveled from various states...
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Bahamas tourism employees use heritage tour as refresher course - Apr 17, 2014 - 12:12:52 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Ministry of Tourism ensured that staff members remain informed of the heritage and cultural opportunities available in Nassau by taking 50 employees on an extensive heritage tour of New Providence.

The employees began the tour at Rawson Square where they received a refresher tutorial on the history of the city and some colorful, historical personalities. The group then made their way to the communities of Fox Hill and Gambier with a stop at Clifton Heritage Park.

Director of Tours at the Ministry of Tourism Craig Mortimer spoke about how the tour ties in with the ministry’s golden jubilee, celebrating 50 years...
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Packer draws star power to Bahamas for Birthday Bash - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:00:43 PM

Hollywood celebrities flocked to The Bahamas recently as the Ministry of Tourism hosted a birthday party for film producer Will Packer at Sandals Island.

Packer is producer of movies such as Think Like A Man, Takers, Stomp The Yard and Ride Along.

Prime Minister Perry Christie and Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe addressed the gathering of Bahamian dignitaries and friends and family of Will Packer. They welcomed the visitors and urged Packer to consider The Bahamas as a film location or a place for a second home.

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Successful 1st annual Band Festival held in Grand Bahama - Apr 11, 2014 - 9:30:44 AM

Grand Bahama, Bahamas - Downtown Freeport was full of the sounds of the 1st annual Grand Bahama Band Festival on Saturday, April 5th. This musical extravaganza featured
a special guest appearance by the Fort Myers Marching Band out of South Florida, along with local and national bands, high schools and community organizations including but not limited to: Bahamas Brass Band, Legends Marching Band, Pioneers Marching Band, Pathfinders Marching Band, Shiloh Eagles Band, BMES Rake n' Scrape and Pop Bands, and many more. 

The idea for Grand Bahama Band Festival, the birth child of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, surfaced out of a request by the 104 member Fort Myers Marching Band who contacted the Ministry of Tourism, seeking an opportunity to perform at a local festival..
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Georgia-based Sounds of Royalty performs in Bahamas - Apr 9, 2014 - 11:11:21 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The sounds of drums, horns and cymbals filled Arawak Cay recently and entertained visitors and residents, but they also brought two community bands together for a memorable cultural tourism experience.

The Atlanta, Georgia-based Sounds of Royalty band joined the Urban Renewal Band for more than two hours of musical display that excited the patrons of the tourism hotspot. It was one of several stops for Sounds of Royalty on their weekend trip to Nassau.

The band, through the Ministry of Tourism’s Religious Tourism Department, also performed at Golden Gates Assembly as a People to People event and at Aquinas College and T. A. Thompson Junior High...

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Gospel Fest to Celebrate Tourism’s 50 Years - Apr 3, 2014 - 3:50:27 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - World-renowned gospel and religious leaders will bring attention to The Bahamas’ Religious Tourism offerings when the Ministry of Tourism hosts Gospel Fest on Good Friday.

Gospel Fest: A Night of Thanksgiving and Praise will be held on Friday April 18. The free concert is part of the Ministry of Tourism’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations and will be held at Clifford Park...
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Bahamas readies for Sweeet! Fest on April 27th - Mar 28, 2014 - 12:28:44 PM

Festival: A sweet treat for residents, visitors

Bahamians and visitors will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day by savouring a variety of Bahamian pastries and treats at Sweeet! Fest in Pompey Square. The festival, which is a partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and the Downtown Nassau Partnership, will be held April 27. Its objective is to bring together sweet lovers and vendors just in time for Mother’s Day.

Khashan Poitier is one of the organisers for the event."As foodies, we created this event because of our love for sweets. More importantly though, the Sweeet Fest shows a commitment to entrepreneurship and culinary tourism, which is an untapped market in The Bahamas.
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Bahamas receives Open Letter endorsement as tourism leader - Feb 28, 2014 - 3:28:32 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Commonwealth of the Bahamas received an Open Letter of endorsement and support from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as a leader in tourism, particularly in the region.

The letter was presented to Prime Minister Perry Christie by UNTWO Secretary General Taleb Rifai in a ceremony at Government House, during the Small Island Developing States conference held February 19 to 20, 2014.

In accepting the Letter, the Prime Minister called on the region to continue to share its resources with each other in order to create the feeling of one destination and one Caribbean...

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Bahamas Association Florida celebrates Black History Month‏ - Feb 28, 2014 - 1:03:54 PM

The National Association of The Bahamas recently celebrated Black History Month by presenting the Documentary "Womanish Ways" at the Florida Memorial University, Miami FL.  The documentary is the story of the Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas and was written by Bahamian author, Marion Bethel.  Members of the Bahamian community in S. Florida turned out for the presentation of the documentary, which was introduced by Mrs. Ruby Ann Cooper Darling, the first Bahamian woman to register to vote in an election in The Bahamas.  Above at the showing NAB Board members and The Bahamas Consul General to Florida pose with Mrs, Cooper L to R -  Langston Longley, NAB; Bahamas CG, Ricardo Treco; Jeannie Gibson, NAB; Earl Miller, NAB; Rosamon Gomez, NAB President; Mrs. Rubyann Cooper Darling; Commissioner Thomas Dorsett, Vice Mayor of  the City of West Park, Florida; Hilda James, NAB and Anthony Bain, NAB...
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MasterCard partners with Ministry of Tourism to become the official card of The Bahamas - Feb 28, 2014 - 5:44:05 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – MasterCard announced today that, as part of the company’s commitment to enhance the experience of cardholders visiting the country in support of the local tourism industry, the company has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism to become the official card of The Bahamas. The announcement was made during an exclusive cocktail event for participating merchants, tourism industry influencers and media at John Watling’s Distillery at Buena Vista Estate, in Nassau, Bahamas.

The initiative is part of MasterCard’s plan to expand its Priceless Bahamas destinations program and amplify its reach among international tourists. “By becoming the official card, MasterCard will be more involved in the tourism industry and initiatives lead by the Ministry of Tourism throughout 2014,” highlighted Lorena Holguin, VP of Marketing for MasterCard in the Caribbean...
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Bahamas Minister Says Tourism Can Reduce Poverty - Feb 20, 2014 - 7:26:33 PM

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe called for “a paradigm economic shift “ as countries in the region examined the link between tourism and poverty, at the Small Island Developing States Conference.  “We can use tourism to reduce poverty, easier to trade, to drive food prices down and to travel,” Mr. Wilchcombe said. He was part of a panel discussion on ‘Maximising the local benefits of tourism”, at the small Island Developing States conference at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on Cable Beach, held February 19 to 20, 2014.

The conference was held under the theme: “Tourism is a Key Sector For Development in Island States”...
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Fly Sky to the Bahamas Rum Festival in Exuma - Feb 20, 2014 - 2:27:40 PM

GREAT EXUMA, The Bahamas - Grand Isle Resort & Spa is courting Bahamian business in 2014, offering both an enticing discount on villas and competitive airfare through its strategic alliance with SkyBahamas.  

Relaxation at its most impressive, the resort is pleased to bring Bahamians over to Exuma for a luxurious getaway while escaping the grind of Nassau.

Now through December 19, 2014, Bahamians and permanent residents can take advantage of a 35% discount on any villa if they stay three nights or more. The promotion also includes a $125 resort credit, and an optional special roundtrip airfare of $150 per person with SkyBahamas. 

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Grand Bahama Island Launches Safety Campaign - Feb 20, 2014 - 11:54:15 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- As the Ministry of Tourism celebrates 50 years of promoting travel to the Bahamas, we are more aware than ever before of the increasing need to protect and sustain our tourism industry. In an effort to inform the local community, especially parents about the dangers of leaving minors in public facilities at night, the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Port Lucaya Marketplace, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ministry of Education, Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Grand Bahama Christian is launching a strategic safety campaign to address this issue.

A press conference was held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at the Gerald Bartlett Complex to officially launch the campaign. Betty Bethel, General Manager at the Ministry of Tourism, emphasized
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Bahamas tourism officials pitch in Atlanta - Feb 19, 2014 - 11:51:10 AM

The Ministry of Tourism showcased the variety of niche travel experiences on16 major islands at the recent Vacation Express travel trade show in Atlanta, Georgia.

Grand Bahama Island’s tourism resurgence was a prominent component of the Ministry’s presentations to travel agents attending the show as the island will have non-stop service from Birmingham, Cincinnati, Memphis, Richmond, Baltimore, Columbus, Raleigh, Durham and New York/Newark.

Attendance at the trade show exceeded expectations by approximately 100 agents. More than 200 travel agents took part in the show...
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Carver Garden Club honours former executives: Strives Towards the Future - Feb 19, 2014 - 11:28:59 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The ladies of the Carver Garden Club met recently just as they have done regularly for the past fifty-eight years since the Club’s inception. Club Members used the occasion to tap into a blossoming spirit of appreciation for how far they have come: they honoured former Carver Garden Club executives who have served the Club so well.

The new executive team headed by president, Jacquelyn Sawyer, felt that it was the fitting thing to do. “We stand proudly on the shoulders of these women,” offered Sawyer. “We just needed to let them know how much we value their contributions...”
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Bahamas Tourism Minister launches new initiative in NYC - Feb 17, 2014 - 2:24:26 PM

NEW YORK - More than 100,000 people experienced a destination wedding in The Bahamas last year, and the country wants to attract even more in years to come, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe told seasoned travel writers and business partners today as the Ministry of Tourism launched its latest niche market promotion.

The 16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day invitation was extended to engaged couples throughout the United States in a launch event held at trendy Per Se Restaurant, which is ranked among the world best’s restaurants by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. The invitation will allow the couples to learn about the 16 major islands of The Bahamas online then use the selected website to enter to win a destination wedding on one of those 16 islands.

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Grand Bahama to expect 6 charter flights for Valentine's Fly-In - Feb 14, 2014 - 2:04:33 PM

This Valentines weekend the Grand Bahama International Airport’s FBO will welcome approximately 6 private charter flights with some 26 passengers from the Bahamas Flying Ambassadors program (pilots with extensive experience in flying the Islands of The Bahamas) from Florida for a weekend of island soaring and exploring. Fly-in’s are nothing new for the island of Grand Bahama, in fact, the Ministry of Tourism in its aggressive campaign to appeal to the multi-billion dollar general aviation and private aircraft market is pleased to welcome these and other private charters to participate, travel, explore and share what the island of Grand Bahama has to offer.
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Grand Bahama Island Safety Campaign - Feb 12, 2014 - 7:36:04 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- As the Ministry of Tourism celebrates 50 years of promoting travel to the Bahamas, we are more aware than ever before of the increasing need to protect and sustain our tourism industry. In an effort to inform the local community, especially parents about the dangers of leaving minors in public facilities at night, the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Port Lucaya Marketplace, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ministry of Education, Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Grand Bahama Christian is launching a strategic safety campaign to address this issue.

A press conference was held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at the Gerald Bartlett Complex to officially launch the campaign. Betty Bethel, General Manager at the Ministry of Tourism, emphasized the timeliness of this campaign being launched now as this month has been declared Sustainable Tourism month. This campaign serves as a preventative initiative to ensure the sustainability of the tourism product. Russell Miller, Chairman...
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BTC 2014 Phone Book – Celebrating Tourism’s Golden Jubilee - Feb 10, 2014 - 2:51:36 PM

The new phone books are here and The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has dedicated both White and Yellow pages’ directory front covers on all editions, to Tourism’s Golden Jubilee. The front cover concept was conceived by Anthony Stuart, Ministry of Tourism General Manager and designed by Ministry of Tourism graphics department, making this the first year BTC has not designed or overseen the front cover artwork.

Both Directories feature a cover story on the Ministry of Tourism’s Golden Jubilee. More than just phone listings the directories are a veritable treasure trove of useful, interesting information and beautiful photography.

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Universities immersed in Bahamian culture - Jan 30, 2014 - 12:52:49 AM

Students from two United States universities got a special study abroad experience recently with an immersion in Bahamian culture through the People to People program.

More than 20 students from Drake University and St. John’s University took part in an ambassador hosting at the home of People to People volunteer Keith Saunders. Mr. Saunders, a veteran of the program, treated the students to a Bahamian meal, and the group also had the opportunity to meet Bahamian college students.Thomas Westbrook, professor at Drake University, led his students to Nassau for a three-week leadership course, Leadership at Sea. In the course, students lean about seamanship, languages and culture. After a taste of Junkanoo at the Educulture...

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