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MOTA official statement on the passing of David L. Johnson - Aug 16, 2018 - 2:42:20 PM

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The Ministry of Tourism, its staff and officers, join with the Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Permanent Secretary, Mr. Charles Albury and Director General, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu, in extending sincere condolences to the family of the late David L. Johnson, former Director General of Tourism.

Mr. Johnson’s long career in the Tourism Industry began some 45 years ago, when he, along with six other Bahamians, was identified as a Management Trainee for positions overseas in the Bahamas Tourist Offices...
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British Colonial Hilton to Host Rake, Scrape N’ Scorch Festival - Aug 16, 2018 - 11:47:25 AM

The British Colonial Hilton is looking to become more family friendly by hosting the Rake, Scrape N’ Scorch Festival on August 25.

The event is geared toward providing an authentic Bahamian experience at the grounds of the historic hotel.

Marketing and Leisure Manager Rakel Dean says the event, which will feature 14 local vendors, will show the fun side of the hotel...
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BMOTA reconnects With Travel Industry Association of Florida - Aug 14, 2018 - 3:12:47 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) recently held a joint dinner and mini tradeshow for sixty members of the Travel Industry Association (TIA) of South Florida.  The event, which was held at La Jolla in Coral Gables, marked the BMOTA’s return to TIA, the largest association of travel agents in South Florida.

During the evening, travel agents were educated on the new hotel product offerings in The Bahamas, as well as updated on the new airlift services and tourism programs.  The Bahamas update session was conducted by BMOTA sales and marketing team, led by Betty Bethel-Moss, Director of Sales (BMOTA)...
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Minister of Tourism Makes Terminally Ill Child’s Dream Come True - Aug 13, 2018 - 11:46:09 AM

Seventeen-year-old Grayson Richardson is battling a rare type of brain cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma.  About 1,200 children under 19 are diagnosed with glioma (brain tumor) per year in the United States with a fraction of those being astrocytoma. Since being diagnosed Grayson has been a fighter. He has had a combination of two brain surgeries, forty-four rounds of chemotherapy and heavy doses of steroid used to keep brain swelling down. Since treatment, his body has changed dramatically and he is completely blind on the right side of both of his eyes, and is now unable to read or speak clearly...
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Bahamas receives wide exposure from Shark Week - Aug 9, 2018 - 11:40:53 AM


With the recent success of Shark Week’s 30th season on Discovery Channel, The Islands Of The Bahamas received tremendous exposure globally. In the process, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was awarded more than $250,000 toward its efforts for shark and marine conservation.

Shark Week, television’s longest-running program, aired its 30th season on Discovery Channel, July 22-29, 2018 during prime time.  According to the latest television ratings released by the Nielsen Company, the week-long shows, which featured several A-list celebrities, with some shows filmed in The Bahamas, topped both last year’s Shark Week and Shark Week 2016 across adults, men and women 25-54 and 18-49 years old... 
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Junkanoo Summer Festival Shatters Visitor Records - Aug 8, 2018 - 2:04:49 PM

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Much to the delight of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation officials, Junkanoo Summer Festival 2018 has shattered international visitor attendance records.

According to data compiled from a number of bus shuttles in New Providence that provided guest transportation between hotels/cruise ships and the festival site, more than 1,000 visitors flocked to Arawak Cay from July 7 to August 4 to be a part of the signature festival.

During the festival, patrons were able to experience succulent food, shop for authentic Bahamian craft...
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Bishop Projects Thousands to attend 2019 International Religious Convention in The Bahamas - Aug 6, 2018 - 8:05:02 PM

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Internationally known Bahamian religious leader, Bishop Neil Ellis, recently projected that The Bahamas could expect about 2,500 visitors to the country to attend the Global United Fellowship’s (GUF) 2019 convention scheduled to take place July 9th-12th at the Atlantis Resorts, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas.

Bishop Ellis who as the leader of the International group is its Presiding Bishop, gave his projection in the wake of the organization’s recent, well attended, 2018 Convention in Greensboro, North, Carolina...
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Bahamas Minstry Of Tourism receives Apex Award 2018 - Jul 30, 2018 - 7:33:35 PM

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“The Bahamas is a vacation paradise, that’s well known, but the message I’d like each of you to take away from my short talk this morning is that when it comes to investing, “It’s Better In The Bahamas,” The Honourable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation for The Bahamas, told attendees at a luncheon during the recent 22nd Annual International  African American Hotel Ownership and Investment Summit and Trade Show.

The Minister, who was presented with an Apex award for Distinguished Service at the closing banquet of the summit, provided his remarks at the Summits Annual Scholarship Award’s luncheon...
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Authentic Bahamian craft wows visitors at Junkanoo Summer Festival - Jul 26, 2018 - 10:53:25 AM

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This year, Junkanoo Summer Festival puts on display a wide selection of authentic Bahamian craft and goods:  jewelry, bags, wood carvings, household items and skin care products– all made from indigenous Bahamian materials. The high-quality, uniquely crafted Bahamian merchandise is available at the festival site, at Arawak Cay, every Saturday until August 4.

Many of the vendors at the site have been a part of the festival since its inception many years ago. Betty Turnquest of B.A. Turnquest Enterprises that specializes in straw goods is one of them...
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Essence of The Bahamas Festival set for South Florida - Jul 23, 2018 - 7:14:36 PM

South Floridians will be able to experience The Islands Of The Bahamas up close and personal when the first Annual, “The Essence of The Bahamas Festival”, brings the culture of The Bahamas to Overtown, Miami, this weekend, Saturday July 28th.

The Festival is scheduled to be an all-day event, featuring all things Bahamian.

World class musical entertainers, Fire Dance, Bahamian Gospel, Bahamian fashions featuring models of ALL SIZES, and jewelry by Bahamian Chevette Williamson – incorporating the indigenous products of The Bahamas...
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Sun n Fun Adds Bahamas Aviation Ahead of October 1, Schedule - Jul 22, 2018 - 12:49:20 PM

Sun ‘n Fun International, Florida’s largest conference holder, which began a new tourism marketing partnership with The Bahamas on June 19, 2018, has commenced promoting general aviation and fly outs to The Islands Of The Bahamas ahead of its October 1 marketing launch.  Starting today, Sun ‘n Fun has added The Islands Of The Bahamas general aviation guidelines, benefits and diverse product offerings for private pilots desirous of flying into The Bahamas to its website www.flysnf.org/bahamas.  Also included on the website is the schedule for The Bahamas’ upcoming aviation seminars at the 2018 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh... Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 22-30, 2018...
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Prominent S Florida newspaperman honored at Bahamas Independence Ecumenical Service - Jul 17, 2018 - 8:05:18 PM

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Notable Bahamians within the South Florida diaspora including prominent South Florida newspaperman, Garth Reeves, were honored on Sunday during an Ecumenical Service celebrating the 45th year of Independence for The Bahamas, under the theme, “Celebrate Bahamas, We’ve Come This Far by Faith”

At the service held at the historical St. Agnes Anglican Church in Overtown, Miami, Florida...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Enhances Junkanoo Summer Festival - Jul 3, 2018 - 12:08:42 PM

It’s summertime in The Islands Of The Bahamas and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) officials are busy enhancing the country’s premier summer event, Junkanoo Summer Festival.

This year, the summer event, to be held every Saturday from July 7 to August 4, will explode with Bahamian culture featuring music, crafts, cultural games and competitions...
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Bahamas Gov't Statement on Exuma Tour Boat Incident - Jul 1, 2018 - 3:23:56 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is deeply saddened by yesterday’s tour boat incident in Exuma. We pray for the family of the passenger who succumbed to her injuries, and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends as they mourn her loss. Our prayers are also with all the other passengers who were aboard as they recover.

The Ministry of Tourism immediately sought to lend assistance to those affected and continues to work on the ground to provide emotional support and to help facilitate any needed arrangements...
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Bahamas wins three gold medals at Taste of the Caribbean - Jun 28, 2018 - 11:22:06 AM

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The Bahamas National Culinary Team sizzled at this year’s Taste of the Caribbean held in Miami, Florida June 22-26, walking away with three gold medals including Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year and Team of the Year.

The Taste of the Caribbean is the premier culinary showdown between Caribbean to determine which country has the best Caribbean cuisine...
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Bahamian Prime Minister tells South Florida audience of plans to develop country's future leaders - Jun 23, 2018 - 6:47:21 PM

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The Right Honourable, Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, at the recent official ribbon cutting of his country's foreign mission in South Florida, shared that his administration has a 10 year plan to identify Bahamians both home and abroad who could be developed as the future leaders of the country.

The Prime Minister was providing remarks at the ribbon cutting and official opening of the new location of The Bahamas Consulate General Office, Miami, Florida, which recently moved from its former long term location in the Ingraham building, to its new address at 100 N. Biscayne...
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Magazine to heavily promote The Islands Of The Bahamas - Jun 20, 2018 - 11:05:12 AM
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Nearly 50 journalists and guests of US-based award winning AFAR magazine were immersed in Bahamian culture recently during an extraordinary familiarization trip to The Islands Of The Bahamas.

This particular familiarization trip is a marketing gold mine for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) as each of the publication’s founders, editors and content writers will write about their experiences in the destination, in articles, blogs and pieces which will reach over 2 million of the magazine’s subscribers...
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National Culinary Team wows guests at gala - Jun 18, 2018 - 10:37:31 AM
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Andros crab bisque, Long Island duck rillettes; citrus dusted Long Island hog snapper atop roasted fennel, artichokes, kalamata olives, saffron- coconut foam and island style coconut cakes with tropical fruit stew, mango rum cream and roast corn shebet were just some of the scrumptious dishes on the Taste of the Caribbean’s gala menu held at Baha Mar recently.

The 14-member National Culinary Team developed by the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), gave tourism officials, stakeholders and sponsors food for thought as they head to Miami, Florida to take on the region in the Taste of the Caribbean competition from June 22-26.
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Q1 Tourism results are in: arrivals and room revenue are up in the Bahamas - Jun 14, 2018 - 11:54:49 AM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is pleased to report that first quarter international visitor results point to an increase in arrivals, signaling that business turnaround  from Q4 of 2017 has continued to flow into 2018. The Ministry is anticipating a strong summer season for tourism across the destination. 

Overall, The Bahamas experienced significant increases in foreign air and sea arrivals, which is up 2.8%. Foreign air arrivals alone reached a substantial 18% increase compared to Q1 of 2017...
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BMOTA Takes On Aggressive Global Marketing Plan - Jun 13, 2018 - 3:32:05 PM

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As The Islands Of The Bahamas experience significant growth in airlift arrivals, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu says the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) continues to be aggressive in luring visitors from new markets.

While speaking at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup held at Atlantis Paradise Island on June 13, Ms. Jibrilu noted that The Bahamas has seen a growth of 18 percent in the first quarter...
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