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Down Syndrome Students are Beach Soccer Stars for the Day - Feb 22, 2017 - 11:14:02 AM


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A group of students from the Down Syndrome Center got a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to play beach soccer with some of the top players from The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States on Tuesday.

A total of 17 children and adults afflicted with the genetic disorder attended the Bahamas Beach Soccer Foundation Clinic at the new state of the art stadium at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility and received one-on-one training from the soccer stars who are in town for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Champions...

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Fleming Island High School Tourism Students Visit Grand Bahama Island - Feb 20, 2017 - 3:41:21 PM

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On Friday, February 17th, a group of 36 teachers and students from Fleming Island High School (Jacksonville, Florida) disembarked the Carnival Elation to attend a short presentation and take a city tour of Grand Bahama Island.

The informative presentation, organized by members of the Ministry of Tourism, kicked off with a short Junkanoo demonstration suited for royalty.

As tourism in The Bahamas was the group’s main reason for visiting the island, the students briefly learned about the history of the islands, how to travel, where to stay, and last but not least, about all of the fun filled activities that Grand Bahama Island has to offer...
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Bahamas represented at New York Times & Boston Globe Travel Shows - Feb 20, 2017 - 1:59:39 PM

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Low Winter temperatures, a snowstorm and blizzard, was not enough to stop the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Managers, as well as its Hoteliers and representatives from their Promotion Boards' attendance, at the recent New York Times and Boston Globe Travel Shows.  Their collective participation provided an impressive representation for The Islands Of The Bahamas.

During the weekend of the recent New York Times Travel Show, temperatures dipped into the 30's.  The Boston Globe Travel Show took place the week that city experienced first a snow storm, a blizzard and then temperatures that dipped to wind chill factors as low as 13 degrees below zero.  In both instances, teams representing The Bahamas welcomed Travel agents, media and consumers to their booth to provide them with information on the Sunny Bahamas as an alternative to the north east coast winter weather...
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More than 120 enter MOT’s song competition - Feb 20, 2017 - 11:37:20 AM

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The Ministry of Tourism’s (MOT) ‘Da Bahamian Ting’ Song Competition attracted scores of talented singers, songwriters and musicians from throughout The Islands of The Bahamas.

On February 17, members of MOT’s Culture and Heritage Department counted 124 submissions.

The deadline for submissions was 5:00 p.m...
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17th Cacique Awards Finalists Announced - Feb 17, 2017 - 2:05:28 PM

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There are 110 nominees for the 18 categories for the 17th Cacique Awards and according to the Blue Ribbon Panel selection committee; this represents more nominees than ever before.

The purpose of the Cacique Awards is to recognize the roles played by those individuals and organizations whose performance or products have consistently made a positive impact on the quality and the growth of tourism in The Bahamas.

Two new categories have been added this year - the Blue Ribbon Panel Award and the Wilfred “Willie” Love Knowles Tourism awards...
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Tourism Minister pays tribute to Nathanial Clement "Piccolo Pete" Saunders - Feb 17, 2017 - 7:43:33 AM

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He was Mr. Bimini and the full and colourful life of this cultural ambassador, entertainer, mariner, fisherman, fishing guide to world celebrities and entrepreneur Nathanial Clement “Piccolo Pete” Saunders came to a peaceful end after close to a century of promoting and marketing that slice of Bahamian paradise called Bimini.

With the passing of this legend, an era has come to an end but his life’s work will live on in perpetuity.

Born on the 7th November, 1914, Uncle Natty as he was affectionately called was the community’s oldest, most respected and entertaining personality ...

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Tru Tru Bahamian Festival Sees True Growth - Feb 16, 2017 - 5:09:16 PM

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John Watlings Distillery came alive with authentic Bahamian culture on February 11 when hundreds of locals and visitors came to Delancy Street for the ‘Tru Tru Bahamian Festival.’

As expected, ‘Tru Tru’ delivered on a variety of Bahamian food, arts and craft and entertainment.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sponsored the event, which was a production of the Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA)...
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Graycliff owner named Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement winner - Feb 16, 2017 - 2:57:48 PM

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Members of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the 17th Cacique Awards have announced that this year’s Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Enrico Garzaroli of Graycliff of Nassau.

Mr. Garzaroli is no stranger to The Bahamas’ tourism industry.

When he migrated to The Bahamas from Italy in 1972, he bought a mansion once owned by the notorious pirate Captain Graysmith...
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USA Bahamas Tourist Office Sales Team Visits Grand Bahama - Feb 14, 2017 - 4:48:48 PM

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The Grand Bahama Tourist Office, in partnership with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, recently hosted the USA Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) Senior Sales Team to a three-day familiarization trip of Grand Bahama Island.

As a part of the team’s core focus coming on the heels of the CHTA Marketplace, Ministry of Tourism Area Managers from Plantation, FLA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC and New York, NY participated in extensive site inspections of hotel properties and attractions including, Bell Channel Inn, Island Seas Resort, Ocean Reef Resort, Castaways Resort & Suites, Flamingo Bay Hotel, Taino Beach Resort, Grand Lucayan’s Lighthouse Pointe, Pelican Bay Hotel, Old Bahama Bay Resort, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and The Bahamian Brewery...
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Air Canada Vacations has a Keen Eye on the Bahamas - Feb 9, 2017 - 2:30:05 PM


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Air Canada Vacations (ACV) recently met with members of the Bahamas Tourist Board to enhance their current product offerings and explore the expansion of access to the island.

“We have unrivaled operations to the Bahamas,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets, Air Canada Vacations. “Not only do we offer year-round service to the islands’ capital city, we’re also the only Canadian tour operator to offer year-round service to beautiful Great Exuma...
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Bahamas Tourism on Norwegian Cruise Lines dropping Freeport sailing - Feb 9, 2017 - 11:43:35 AM

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) has announced that the Norwegian Sky will begin calls to Havana, Cuba in 2017, dropping Freeport, Grand Bahama from its scheduled four-day voyage to The Bahamas.

While the Sky is indeed dropping Freeport from its itinerary for the period May to the end of 2017, the ship will still call on Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay during its three- day itinerary and Great Stirrup Cay on its four-day voyage.

NCL received approval for a one day per week sailing into Cuba, and that date coincides with their Freeport stop, which resulted in them dropping Freeport, Grand Bahama from its 4-day schedule...
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Bahamas Religious Tourism Boasts of a Spirited Start to 2017 - Feb 8, 2017 - 4:15:05 PM

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The conclusion of the 77th Session of the Bahamas Conference of the AME 11th Episcopal District (comprising Florida and The Bahamas) yielded a fruitful experience for the international and local parishioners who gathered on Grand Bahama Island for a time of prayer, praise, proclamation and prophetic engagement, February 1st- 4th, 2017.

The four-day event was a spirited start to the 2017 Religious Tourism series of events, according to Debbie Huyler, Manager for Religious Tourism.
Huyler shared that the response of the guests to the Ministry of Tourism’s welcome reception on the opening night of the conference inspired visiting Bishop Michael Mitchell to inquire about bringing his conference from Arkansas to Grand Bahama.
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Bahamian small businesses to gain exposure at Tru Tru Festival - Feb 8, 2017 - 12:38:37 AM

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The Tru Tru Bahamian festival will not only give patrons a chance to have a “tru tru” Bahamian experience, but will also give small Bahamian businesses a chance to gain exposure with locals and visitors.

The festival, which will be held at the John Watlings Distillery, is the brainchild of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) in partnership with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and other corporate sponsors...
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77th Session of The Bahamas Conference coming to Grand Bahama Island - Feb 7, 2017 - 2:04:09 PM

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On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 a press conference was held to announce the 77th Session of The Bahamas Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, February 1st – 4th, 2017.

The conference, which has been held several times in New Providence, is a first for the Island of Grand Bahama, which is home to Cummings Young Temple, host church and just one of the many AME churches throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas...
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It's Better in The Bahamas for CHTA Caribbean Travel Marketplace - Feb 6, 2017 - 10:18:39 AM

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The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has praised The Bahamas after yet another successful hosting of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace held at Atlantis Hotel and Resort from January 29 - February 2, 2017.

The Bahamas has had the fantastic opportunity of hosting CHTA four times in the last six years.

President of CHTA, Karolin Troubetzkoy said doing business with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the various Bahamas promotion boards has proven to be a success time and again...
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Stingray Feeding Added to Bahamas Sustainable Tourism Product - Feb 2, 2017 - 8:44:05 PM

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If you’re thinking about experiencing an aquatic adventure like none other, then West End Ecology Tours’ Stingray Feeding Experience is the perfect activity for you!

The tour is a new addition to the sustainable tourism product offering that is unique to Grand Bahama. It is operated by proprietors Keith and Linda Cooper who are residents of West End...
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The Bahamas Forms Historic Wedding Council - Feb 2, 2017 - 12:02:21 PM

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Tourism executives for the Islands of The Bahamas came together recently at the Renaissance Hotel in Plantation, Florida to form the Bahamas Wedding Council. The group believed to be the first of its kind for the Caribbean is made up of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) officials, hotel suppliers and wedding experts, to gather intelligence and further grow the lucrative wedding and romance market.

The Deputy Director General for the BMOT, Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, said he was “pleased with the high level of interest shown and honest and valuable dialogue shared by the group...
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H. Forbes Charter Services Blesses Five New Buses - Jan 28, 2017 - 2:12:19 PM

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On Wednesday, January 25th, the owners of H. Forbes Charter Services, staff members, members of the Ministry of Tourism and representatives of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board gathered at St. John’s Jubilee Cathedral to bless the arrival of five new buses.

The ceremony was officiated by Bishop Godfrey Williams and purposed to give thanks to God and send prayers for guidance and protection before the buses are put into service...
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Fort Fincastle to be restored and marketed as a heritage park - Jan 27, 2017 - 9:28:59 AM

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Fort Fincastle, the Water Tower, and the Queen’s Staircase are all pillars of Bahamian history and will have a massive upgrade over the next few months to breathe life into the country’s most visited tourist attraction.

The plans for the new and improved fort include a restoration of the water tower, cleanup of the surrounding areas, acquisition and lease of neighboring properties, a commercialized restaurant, proposals to terrace the area, as well as improved parking and exhibition opportunities...
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‘Da Bahamian Ting’ Song Competition Deadline Extended to Feb. 17 - Jan 26, 2017 - 1:11:18 PM

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Scores of talented Bahamians have been busy composing new and exciting songs for the Ministry of Tourism’s Da Bahamian Ting Song Competition.

Rick Carey, coordinator in the Heritage and Culture Department of the Ministry of Tourism, said the department has been flooded with submissions from enthusiastic Bahamians.

“We are really surprised by the response. It’s been amazing. We have had interest and submissions from a lot of professional and amateur musicians, songwriters, bands and school choirs. It’s not just people in Nassau either, we’ve had folks call from the Exumas, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama too,” Carey said...
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