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Bahamas Tourism: Boost from 2016 Junkanoo Carnival - Sep 28, 2016 - 5:09:07 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas — The 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was a major boom for the tourism economy in The Bahamas said the Ministry of Tourism

The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Chairman Paul Major said tourist arrivals for the weekends of the Grand Bahama carnival and Nassau carnival were up over last year.

“There was an estimated 56 percent increase in tourism related economic activity, which accounts for economic indicators such as hotel room revenue, stopover and cruise passenger expenditures,” according to the commission’s report...
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Miami HEAT team looking forward to kids clinic in The Bahamas - Sep 28, 2016 - 2:09:23 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - The Miami HEAT is looking forward to lending its expertise to the 150 Bahamian children who will take part in Thursday’s basketball clinic, Head Coach Eric Spoelstra said.

“They’ll love it,” Spoelstra said referring to the team. “It was great on the drive in on [Monday] we saw a couple courts outside and saw kids playing and everybody got up on the bus to look out. My guys will really enjoy it...
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International Women’s Empowerment Summit Is the Perfect Girl’s Weekend Getaway - Sep 26, 2016 - 5:24:15 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - Every once in a while you should pack your bags, get the girls and get away for the weekend, and there’s no better place to be refreshed and inspired than the International Women’s Empowerment Summit (IWES) on Paradise Island.

One of the most anticipated events of the year is scheduled for October 19 – 21 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and is filled with life changing activities, including eight stimulating panels, and busy women are invited to take time out to benefit from the dynamic summit...
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Bahamas working to increase African-American visitors - Sep 22, 2016 - 9:54:01 AM

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) has locked in two major events that are expected to attract thousands of African-American visitors to The Bahamas in 2017.

According to BMOT’s Director of the African-American market Linville Johnson, plans are underway for the international Black Women’s Public Policy Institute Conference to be held in Nassau in March 2017 and the 2017 Harlem Fine Arts Show to take place in May...
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Bahamas Junior Minister of Tourism Receives Grand Homecoming - Sep 21, 2016 - 11:07:41 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- The Bahamas’ Junior Minister of Tourism, Gabriele Josephs of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School received a grand welcome as he returned to his hometown after claiming the title of Junior Minister for the Caribbean and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) youth congress set to be held in Grenada next year.

Josephs, the first Bahamian to win the competition made history as he outperformed 14 other competitors from various Caribbean nations...


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Bahamian Student Wins CTO Youth Congress In Barbados - Sep 21, 2016 - 10:54:48 PM

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Minister Wilchcombe congratulates first Bahamian to win the title


Bahamas Junior Minister of Tourism Gabrielle Josephs emerged the winner of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress in Barbados last Friday, becoming the first Bahamian to win the competition.

Josephs, a student of Mary Star of the Sea in Freeport, Grand Bahama, outperformed 14 students from the region to claim the title of Caribbean Jr. Minister of Tourism.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to have been selected out of all of the outstanding students in the region. I now represent, not only The Bahamas..."
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Global Leadership Conference and Retreat set for Grand Bahama - Sep 21, 2016 - 10:51:48 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - On September 19th , 2016, the Ministry of Tourisms' Religious Tourism Unit, in conjunction with members from the Kingdom Partners Leadership, held a press conference in relation to this year’s Global Leadership Conference and Retreat

The event is scheduled to be held from September 29th to October 3rd , 2016at the Grand Lucayan Resort.Each day will begin with prayer, and for those interested in a day of fun, sporting events kick off at 11 am at Taino Beach on Saturday, October 1st, 2016...
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Gospel Fest to bring hundreds of worshippers to The Bahamas - Sep 20, 2016 - 6:04:45 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - Love, unity, and spirituality will be on full display in Nassau, Bahamas in November at the first It’s Better in The Bahamas Gospel Fest. The gospel fest, a collaborative effort between The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Coca-Cola and First Baptist Church of Glenarden, is set for November 16 – 19 at the Melia Nassau Beach Hotel.

Hosted by Cheryl Jackson of Praise 104.1 FM, Gospel Fest is an event designed to awaken spiritual awareness while bringing the audience closer to the ministry with stimulating conversations, showcases, and activities...
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Bahamians invited to Miami HEAT vs. New Orleans Pelicans game - Sep 20, 2016 - 12:43:14 PM

 
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The Bahamas will take over the American Airlines Arena when the Miami HEAT takes on Buddy Hield and the New Orleans Pelicans on March 15, and Bahamian basketball fans are invited to take a front row seat.

In the run-up to the anticipated matchup, the Miami HEAT is reducing ticket fees for Bahamians specifically for that game. As an added bonus, the Ministry of Tourism will also hold its signature ‘Bahamas Night’ at the American Airlines Arena...
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Tourism Symposium on Accessibility Slated for Sept. 27 - Sep 19, 2016 - 10:23:59 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas — The Ministry of Tourism is gearing up to host a one-day symposium next week as part of the United Nations World Tourism Day to raise awareness about accessible tourism in The Bahamas.

The symposium, slated for Tuesday, September 27, will take place at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.

Panelists include Prime Minister Perry Christie, architect Michael Diggiss, Rosanne Tudor of Fully Accessible Barbados and members from the Bahamas National Commission for Persons with Disabilities including Iris Adderley and Peter Goudie, among others...
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Bahamas Named The Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Destination - Sep 18, 2016 - 7:50:14 PM

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For the second consecutive year, The Bahamas was named the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Destination’ by the World Travel Awards at a lavish gala in Jamaica on Saturday night.

The Bahamas beat out Anguilla, Turks and Caicos Islands, Mustique and St. Lucia, to win the prestigious award.

The honour one of several that The Bahamas was nominated for at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards - Caribbean region, including Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination, Cruise Destination...
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Junior Minister Of Tourism Day Held in Grand Bahama - Sep 13, 2016 - 4:47:58 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – On September 9, 2016, the Ministry of Tourism joined with Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Academy to host a Junior Minister of Tourism Day special assembly in celebration of the victory of this year’s Junior Minister, Gabriele Josephs.

The event served as a sendoff ceremony as Josephs is scheduled to attend the CTO’s Youth Congress, September 13-17, 2016 at the Hilton Barbados Resort where he will debate against Junior Ministers from throughout the region in hope of bringing the coveted first prize back to The Bahamas...
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Excitement Intensifies for International Women’s Empowerment Summit - Sep 12, 2016 - 7:52:49 AM

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NASSAU, Bahamas: With the International Women’s Empowerment Summit (IWES) quickly approaching, men and women from as far as Ghana are hoping to secure a spot at this inaugural event in paradise.

Slated for October 19-21 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, the schedule for the summit is overflowing with purposeful activities, in particular eight revolutionary panels. Some of the featured speakers on the panel are heavy hitters like Pastor of One Church in Los Angeles, Toure Jakes Roberts; Fashion and Swimwear Designer, Amber Atherton and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Gabby Bernstein...
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Hundreds turn up to Bahamian Party in Orlando at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion - Sep 11, 2016 - 9:25:45 AM

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The combination of Bahamian drinks, music and culture all makes for one thing- a slamming party in the backyard.  Hundreds of USA families were recently treated to just that.

In celebration of Reach Media’s Allstate Tom Joyner’s annual Family Reunion, The Islands Of The Bahamas hosted a “party in da backyard” at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando that was filled with Bahamian delights.

The beat of the goat skin drum, the steady clang of the cowbells and the melodic rhythm of the brass horns, got the party started. As the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue weaved through the exuberant crowd, many partygoers joined in...
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Bahamas Junior Minister of Tourism celebrated at Mary Star Catholic Academy - Sep 10, 2016 - 9:38:45 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Congratulating the Junior Minister of Tourism on his accomplishments at a Special Assembly of Celebration at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy on Friday, the Bahamas Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe told Junior Minister Gabriele Josephs that as an outstanding young person he can be an inspiring tourism Ambassador.

Minister Wilchcombe, the Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu, and Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama Betty Bethel attended the school assembly just prior to Gabriele’s travel next week to Barbados for the Caribbean Tourism Organization Youth Forum from September 13 to 17...
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Goombay Ends With a Bang - Sep 9, 2016 - 1:44:08 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Visitors and tourists alike were treated to a fantastic close of the 2016 Goombay Summer Festival.

As the sun set on the Western Esplanade Saturday night, dozens of onlookers flocked to the beach as three flyboarders took to the sky in the water, donned in neon lit gear.

Flyboarding is a sport where a jetpack or hover board is supplied with propulsion allowing an individual to fly through the air or water and perform various tricks...
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Bahamas International Women's Summit Promoted At Black Enterprise Golf And Tennis Outing - Sep 9, 2016 - 11:06:28 AM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL - The International Women's Empowerment Summit (IWES) to be held in Nassau, Bahamas, October 20th through 21st, was one of the major upcoming events promoted at the Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge, recently held at the PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach, Florida.

Registrants for the BE weekend event, were provided with literature and information on the upcoming International Women's Summit to be held in the tropical destination. The Summit in Nassau at the world-renowned Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and water park, will provide the opportunity for women to network and learn from some of the most powerful and successful women from around the globe...
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Bahamian Culture Featured At Shriners 2016 Convention, Tampa, FL - Sep 9, 2016 - 2:36:12 AM

Fort Lauderdale, FL -  Conch fritters, conch stew, fried fish and many other Bahamian dishes were featured at a "Party in da Backyard" Bahamian styled event, that was one of the highlights at the recent Shriners Annual Convention that took place in Tampa, Florida.

The Annual Convention is one of the organization’s major events and over the past few year's The Islands of The Bahamas has been a major sponsor. The always popular, world renowned, Royal Bahamas Police Force band that has performed in the Convention's annual street Parade across the U.S. - over the years - took center stage once again...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Holds Successful Zika Forum - Sep 6, 2016 - 11:11:52 PM

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Officials give update on prevention efforts


NASSAU, Bahamas — Director General in the Ministry of Tourism Joy Jibrilu said that The Bahamas remains “relatively speaking, a safe zone where all stops have been pulled out to curtail the spread of the Zika virus”.

Jibrilu spoke to industry stakeholders during a Zika Informational Session for Tourism Stakeholders at the British Colonial Hilton on September 5, 2016.
The forum allowed officials from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Environment Health to give updates on the virus and the measures taken to prevent its spread in the country...
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Bahamas Tourism to Meet with Stakeholders on Zika as 4 New Cases Confirmed - Sep 1, 2016 - 11:17:31 PM

Four new cases confirmed on New Providence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism together with the Ministry of Health and the Department of Environmental Health Services will hold a special Zika sensitivity meeting with industry stakeholders on Monday, September 5th at 10am at the British Colonial Hilton.

Invitations will be sent to industry partners. The objectives of the meeting are to further educate tourism stakeholders on the Zika virus and to encourage stakeholders to take preventive measures to mitigate the spread of Zika...
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