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Bahamas Makes History and is Sanctioned “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors” at 2016 EAA AirVenture - Jul 30, 2016 - 6:52:32 AM

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental success and set historic records on the international front, this time being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The announcement was made on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and accepted by representatives of the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

NOAA which has a membership of 3,300 weather professionals, started the ‘Weather Ready Nation Ambassador” initiative three years ago to educate its citizens on the importance of preparedness and protection in weather conditions..
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MOT Reveals Baha Mar Delay Did Not Change Bahamas Annual Visitor Statistics - Jul 29, 2016 - 4:05:42 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Despite delay in Baha Mar’s opening, annual visitor statistics continue to increase steadily with the current boost of international and domestic tourism initiatives and increasing cruise and air travel stopovers throughout the 700 islands of The Bahamas, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu announced at a briefing by the Ministry in the Governor’s Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, July 27, 2016.

Mrs. Jibrilu expressed a desire to encourage more Bahamians to vacation at home within the Family Islands to support domestic tourism and keep Bahamian money home. She said that according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Bahamas tourism has contributed a total of BSD $4,129.3 million or 46.9 percent of GDP in 2015 and expects a rise of 2.6 percent in 2016...
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Relationship of Bahamas and US Government Agencies Featured And Heightened at 2016 EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin - Jul 28, 2016 - 4:32:23 PM

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin –“The partnership between The Bahamas Government agencies and that of the United States Federal Government including the US Customs and Border Protection agencies continues to strengthen, heighten in success and reap mutually rewarding dividends for the two nations,” says Greg Rolle, Pilot and Sr. Director of Sales, Marketing and Sports, at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Captain Rolle made the comments while leading a team of Bahamas Government officials including representatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Department of Civil Aviation, Customs and Royal Bahamas Police Force at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference...
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Team Bahamas Ready for CAGC next week - Jul 22, 2016 - 2:56:23 PM

With just days before Bahamian golfers tee off against their Caribbean counterparts, President of the Bahamas Golf Federation Glen Archer said the local team is "brimming with confidence" and predicted that The Bahamas will dominate the upcoming regional competition.

The 60th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships is set to kick off on Monday at One and Only Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

Golfers from Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are participating.
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Couple Seeks to Break Underwater Kissing Record - Jul 22, 2016 - 10:28:58 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas - Love is always in The Bahamas and one adventurous couple is hoping to put their love and commitment on display to break the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest underwater kiss on July 24, 2016.

Earlier this year, Gordon and Mymy McKenzie of Scotland and Switzerland respectively, took part in a world record attempt to break the longest dive at Stuart Cove and left with an idea that could not only shatter the world record but also raise money for the Southern Islands impacted by Hurricane Joaquin. Currently, the current record for the longest underwater kiss stands at 3 minutes and 24 seconds and is held by two Italian free divers...
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Honorary Consul and Bahamas Tourism Lend Support to Scholarship Event - Jul 21, 2016 - 9:23:16 AM

CHICAGO, Illinois -- Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, working closely with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, supported the work of a key stakeholder in his jurisdiction by donating a gift certificate stay to the iconic Atlantis property at the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship and Golf Outing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

Since 2002, the ILBCF has given deserving students scholarships to assist them in advancing their academic and career goals. This year the ILBCF presented 62 students $1000 each, providing more scholarships in 2016 than any previous year, bringing its disbursement total to over $420,000 in awards since...
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Junkanoo Summer Festival heats up! Groups compete for best choreography prize - Jul 20, 2016 - 1:09:59 PM

A thrilling battle between the choreograph dancers from the major Junkanoo groups and a face-off between the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Force bands drew hundreds of spectators to Arawak Cay over the weekend for the second week of Junkanoo Summer Festival.

Depicting the theme, “It’s Better in The Bahamas,” the choreographed dancers enthralled the crowd with their moves and stunts.

With the glistening waters of Junkanoo Beach as a backdrop, visitors and locals were treated to the sights and sounds of The Bahamas...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Meets With National Development Plan Officials - Jul 19, 2016 - 1:41:57 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — The National Development Plan Secretariat recently met with senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism to strategize and discuss ideas that will be put into the plan.

“We were so excited to be invited to speak to the Ministry of Tourism and its senior officials to talk about the national development plan,” Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle , director of economic development and planning said...

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Delta Officials Visit Bahamas Ministry of Tourism officials - Jul 8, 2016 - 6:03:36 AM

Delta Airlines officials paid a courtesy call on Bahamas Ministry of Tourism officials recently at Graycliff Restaurant. On that occasion, Delta Air Lines and the Ministry were able to discuss strategic joint partnership initiatives in a more relaxed setting. Not least of these is the burgeoning success of the newly launched scheduled nonstop flights by Delta to Marsh Harbour, Abaco and North Eleuthera from its Atlanta hub.  These flights join the successful Atlanta to George Town, Exuma nonstop scheduled flight which was launched a few years ago.  Because of this,Exuma, Abaco, Harbour Island and Eleuthera enjoy tremendously improved market access...
2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas gets promoted in Virginia - Jul 6, 2016 - 4:51:18 PM

Team Pugg claimed the U.S. Open at the 2016 North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC) in Virginia Beach, Va., recently, with a dramatic sudden death penalty win over Florida Beach Soccer (FBS) FC, but The Bahamas needed no assist when it came time to claim its own victory at this year’s contest.

From videos streaming breathtaking images of crystal clear turquoise waters throughout the event’s 25-block venue to drawings for Dolphin Encounters, Pirates of Nassau and Atlantis vacation packages...
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Junkanoo Summer Festival opens with much fanfare - Jul 5, 2016 - 10:53:40 AM

A kaleidoscope of colours and sound took over Arawak Cay this past Saturday during the official opening of the Ministry of Tourism’s much-anticipated Junkanoo Summer Festival (JSF).

Hundreds of residents and tourists gathered to watch the music competition between A and B Junkanoo Groups, which are all executing the theme “It’s Better In The Bahamas” over the next few weeks...
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Junkanoo Summer Festival and Goombay Return - Jul 1, 2016 - 9:40:02 AM

Residents and visitors of the Islands of The Bahamas are excited for the return of the hottest competition and festivals of the summer.

While celebrating the 40th anniversary of the slogan “It’s better in The Bahamas”, the Ministry of Tourism presents Junkanoo Summer Festival.

This thrilling event, which is a miniature festival of the Bahamian winter festival Junkanoo, will be held four Saturdays in July at Arawak Cay...
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Bahamas partners with regional health agency to launch Tourism and Health Safety Program - Jun 30, 2016 - 6:51:20 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Caribbean Integrated Public Health Agency (CARPHA) are excited to launch the Tourism Health and Safety Program (THP) to protect the health and well-being of its visitors and locals.

This is part of a regional tourism and health project, jointly funded by a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), aimed at protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of its visitors and locals, thereby promoting sustainable and profitable tourism in the Caribbean...
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Junkanoo Groups Prepare to Face-off at Junkanoo Summer Festival - Jun 30, 2016 - 9:30:11 AM

Twelve groups in New Providence are preparing for a thrilling face-off at Junkanoo Summer Festival (JSF) at Arawak Cay during four weekends in July.

The electrifying festival, which is a signature event of the Ministry of Tourism, will kickoff July 2 and conclude July 30. There will be no JSF event on July 9 due to the country’s 43rd anniversary celebrations.

This year’s festival is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the slogan “It’s Better In The Bahamas.” Each group’s costume, dance and music will reflect this theme.
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Smiling Pat tribute by Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama - Jun 29, 2016 - 2:46:31 PM

Patricia “Smiling Pat” Hoyte spent a lifetime in the tourism and entertainment industry, providing entertainment during her childhood years, in the world famous International Bazaar, along with her siblings. She was the eldest child of noted musician and steel pan manufacturer, the late Leslie “Little Sparrow” Hoyte Sr., and his wife Mary.

Her unique tours attracted the notice of the international media along the way; and some of her singular accomplishments featured on various television programs, including the Food Network, and the Ministry of Tourism’s Grand Bahama Island promotional video. She has been credited with very favourable reviews from her customers on Trip Advisor.com...

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Inaugural Bahamas Yacht & Travel Show a Success - Jun 25, 2016 - 6:40:11 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and “Boat 4 A Day” partnered in the first ever, Bahamas Yacht and Travel Show held on June 17, 18 and 19 at Bay Street Marina.
The non-profit three-day boat show promoted all sea travel and guest-related products inclusive of Florida-based travel representatives and yacht brokers. There were a myriad of vendors including chartered yachts and other charter options; hotels, marinas, resort wear, excursions and anything that is marketed to tourists to promote travel to The Bahamas...
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Bahamasair Launches Freeport to Orlando Non-Stop Service - Jun 25, 2016 - 8:26:04 AM

Orlando Florida – On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Chairman Valentine Grimes and Senior Manger Sales, Mr. Woodrow Wilson, along with Executives of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority welcomed the arrival of the new non-stop service from Freeport to Orlando. The flight arrived at 11:00am with seventy passengers on board, utilizing one of five brand new ATR aircraft purchased by the company in November 2015.

This service will initially operate two days a week, on Wednesday and Saturday but it is anticipated that as demand builds, the airline will increase its frequency.

Chairman Grimes remarked that the launch of this new service “signals our commitment to recapturing our competitive position as the preferred carrier of choice among the local market for travel to and from Florida.”
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Bahamas to host Caribbean Golf Tournament - Jun 24, 2016 - 12:54:08 AM

The best golfers in the Caribbean will descend on The Bahamas next month for the highly anticipated 60th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships.

President of the Bahamas Golf Federation Glen Archer said golfers from Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will go head to head at Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

Approximately 90 golfers will participate in the competition, which will take place on July 24 to 29...
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Push to Buy Bahamian Supports Local Artisans in Tourism Industry - Jun 22, 2016 - 5:54:30 PM

Guests, hoteliers and other hospitality industry executives flocked to the Tru Tru Bahamian Marketplace to scout the indigenous Bahamian crafts, artwork, edibles and other locally made goods. The trade event, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, displayed Bahamian-made items to persons in the tourism industry to provide exposure to local artisans and to make the tourist experience a more authentic one.

One Bahamian owned hotel, seeking to enhance its Tru Tru Bahamian feel, came ready to make the most of the marketplace. Sandyport Beaches Resort, known for its serene out-island atmosphere, came to the expo in search of locally-made toiletries and bathroom amenities, artwork, décor, and jams and teas for their one bedroom suites and studios - which feature full kitchens...
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Tru Tru Bahamian Marketplace Touted a Success - Jun 21, 2016 - 5:32:17 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas — The first ever Tru Tru Bahamian Marketplace at the Atlantis Paradise Island drew scores of businesses and interested Bahamians over the weekend.

Vendors, who were invited to attend the marketplace, said they were thankful for the exposure.

Amanda Ferguson of Biggity, a company that produces soy candles, body butters, body scrubs
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