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Bahamas shows appreciation to Somerset Academy Miramar Teachers - May 17, 2021 - 3:03:04 PM

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TRepresentatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s (BMOTA) sales and marketing team took time out earlier this week to present gift beach bags loaded with Bahamas branded items to the teachers of Somerset Academy Miramar Charter School, in Miramar, Florida.

The Bahamas, a country of 700 distinctive islands, spans over 100,000 square miles of crystal-clear turquoise waters, and its spectacular...
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What’s new in the Islands of The Bahamas in May - May 12, 2021 - 12:10:23 PM

The Islands of The Bahamas await travelers who are ready to plan their summer vacations. Those wishing to visit the idyllic sandy beaches and irresistible blue waters of the islands are sure to find the paradise experience of their dreams in The Bahamas.

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People-to-People Goes Virtual – The beloved People-to-People program...
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The Islands of The Bahamas announces updated travel and entry protocols - May 2, 2021 - 12:18:10 PM

The Government of The Bahamas announced updated public health measures and entry protocols for fully vaccinated travellers, stating:

•    Effective immediately, Bahamian citizens and residents who are fully vaccinated – after receiving their second dose - will be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements when travelling inter-island from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera to any other island...
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Government of The Bahamas closes purchase of Grand Bahama International Airport - Apr 29, 2021 - 10:03:56 AM

The Government of The Bahamas, by way of the Airport Authority Ltd.,  concludes the purchase of the Grand Bahama International Airport today, April 29, 2021. This acquisition brings to a total of 30 the number of airports in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas owned by the Airport Authority.

The Grand Bahama International Airport comprises 2,500 acres, inclusive of an 11,000-foot runway...
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Bahamas First In-Person Activity – A Resounding Success! - Apr 22, 2021 - 8:09:35 PM

Scores of private pilots from throughout the U.S. who attended the 47th Annual Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, April 13-18, stopped by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation  (BMOTA) booth, eager to get information about The Bahamas, the region’s top destination in general aviation.  Some of them had already begun preparations to fly out to The Bahamas, following the conclusion of Sun ‘n Fun on April 19, 2021...
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Tourism and National Security partner to keep Bahamas safe in Covid 19 pandemic. - Apr 22, 2021 - 10:40:19 AM

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The Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) is pleased to announce the signing of a MOU with the RBPF’s Covid 19 Ambassadors to assist in the designation of the Safe Travels Stamp for all local businesses meeting the WTTC’s  global protocols as we -re-emerge and gain our previous popularity as a tourism destination.

Having recognized The Islands of The Bahamas as a Safe Travels destination for meeting its enhanced health and safety standards in line with its global Safe Travels Protocols, the WTTC along with TDC as the local ambassador for the stamp...
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The Bahamas launches Virtual People-to-People Experiences - Apr 20, 2021 - 1:58:44 PM

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Today, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is bringing the beloved People-to-People Program to the virtual stage through an online series that will create real-time connections for travelers to experience the warm hospitality and rich culture of the Bahamian people. For more than 45 years, the People-to-People Program has been connecting visitors with locals through customized experiences throughout The Islands of The Bahamas...
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BMOTA Team returns to In-Person Business Activity at the 2021 Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo - Apr 15, 2021 - 10:25:12 AM

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The Islands of The Bahamas is the premier and exclusive destination being featured at the 47th Annual Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, being held April 13 -18, 2021in Lakeland, Florida. Traditionally, Florida’s largest annual convention, the show usually attracts more than 200,000 persons and 10,000 aircraft. This year’s show is expected to be a little smaller, safe and covid-19 ready.  The show also marks the return of in-person attendance at consumer and trade shows for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s (BMOTA) sales and marketing team...
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Grand Bahama island still considered a hot spot for sports tourism - Apr 15, 2021 - 9:42:24 AM

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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Grand Bahama Island is still considered a hot spot for Sports Tourism, having been selected to host the proposed Island Relays Bahamas.

Founder of the event Joyce Johnson and group toured several sites including hotels, local restaurants and the Grand Bahama Sports Complex, which they have identified as the venue for  a collegiate event scheduled for March 18-20, 2022...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation returns to In-Person Trade Shows since pandemic - Apr 14, 2021 - 4:36:13 PM

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The Islands of The Bahamas is the premier and exclusive destination being featured at the 47th Annual Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, being held April 13 -18, 2021in Lakeland, Florida. Traditionally, Florida’s largest annual convention, the show usually attracts more than 200,000 persons and 10,000 aircraft. This year’s show is expected to be a little smaller, safe and covid-19 ready.  The show also marks the return of in-person attendance at consumer and trade shows for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s (BMOTA) sales and marketing team...
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What’s new in The Islands of The Bahamas in April - Apr 6, 2021 - 3:19:02 PM

The Bahamas is heating up this spring with the recent announcement of the return of cruising  to the destination in the coming months and Expedia Group’s North American sites showing a 170% increase in searches about the destination in February. With a number of additional reopenings, The Bahamas is ready to continue to bring visitors the unparalleled vacation experience it is known for...
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Lighthouse Pointe Receives World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travels Stamp - Apr 2, 2021 - 9:15:28 AM

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The Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan Resort, which reopened on March 25, became Grand Bahama Island’s first hotel to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, issued by the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC).

The Tourism Development Corporation is responsible for approving the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels Stamp. The Stamp recognizes destinations that are safe and have implemented the health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with the WTTC’s Global Safe Travels Protocols...
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Director General shares optimistic on the state of tourism - Mar 29, 2021 - 1:26:44 PM

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In a recent meeting of The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s Board of Directors & Membership Meeting, Director General Joy Jibrilu shared hopeful news that the tourism industry is well on the way to recovery.
 
Noting that 2020 was a challenging year, not only for the country but also globally, Jibrilu expressed her excitement on the current position that the industry holds. “Our insights show us that there is huge interest in Caribbean travel, and specifically travel to The Bahamas.”
 
Data has shown that this interest has peaked since the opening of the borders. Reflecting this trend is the latest report from the Expedia Group’s North American sites...
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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism reflects on an unprecedented year and an optimistic future - Mar 24, 2021 - 3:30:50 PM

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After enduring one of the most challenging years in history, which devastated The Bahamas’ vital tourism industry and resulted in an unprecedented financial deficit, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation remains unwavering in its commitment to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help the country move forward to brighter, more prosperous days.

While this past year has shaken the tourism economy to its very core, a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan and streamlined travel protocols...
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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on the return of Royal Caribbean - Mar 22, 2021 - 4:41:52 PM


The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is thrilled to welcome back longtime partner Royal Caribbean International, as the cruise line announced today that Nassau will be the homeport for Adventure of the Seas, beginning this June. The Bahamas Government and Ministry of Tourism have worked closely with Royal Caribbean throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is with great pleasure that The Bahamas embraces its critical role in the return of cruising.

Adventure of the Seas will be homeporting in Nassau and visiting additional islands in The Bahamas including Grand Bahama Island and Perfect Day at CocoCay...
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Crystal’s New Luxury Bahamas Escapes open to record bookings - Mar 22, 2021 - 12:03:25 PM

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Luxury cruise travel is back!  Recording its biggest single day of bookings in company history, Crystal reports an extraordinary response in the first 24 hours of reservations opening for its new Luxury Bahamas Escapes aboard Crystal Serenity debuting July 3rd. Nearly 4,000 enthusiastic travelers reserved staterooms or suites on at least one of the seven-night voyages that cruise from Nassau or Bimini roundtrip booking more than 25 percent of the 16 voyages combined availability. Almost 200 guests reserved back-to-back voyages with some planning to spend 42 days on board the company’s flagship...
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Expedia launches three Campaigns helping to drive recovery to The Bahamas - Mar 19, 2021 - 6:58:40 PM

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With Spring underway, Expedia is seeing an uptick in people searching for upcoming getaways to escape the winter blues. Destinations within the Caribbean have been popular among American travelers planning warm weather getaways, with Expedia.com searches for Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas, growing week-over-week...
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Minister of Tourism & Aviation tours Margaritaville Beach Resort and One Particular Harbour at The Pointe - Mar 19, 2021 - 3:50:53 PM

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Minister of Tourism & Aviation, Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and his executive team toured the newly built oceanfront 150-room Margaritaville Beach Resort and One Particular Habour at The Pointe. The 6-acre development will also feature a 45-slip marina, the LandShark water park, a spa, miniature golf course, movie theater and bowling alley for both tourists and residents to enjoy.

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Airbnb and The CTO launch campaign to promote tourism to The Bahamas and other Caribbean destinations - Mar 18, 2021 - 3:26:24 PM

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After almost a year of intermittent travel restrictions, Airbnb, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and The Bahamas are collaborating to amplify the country's recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 by promoting responsible travel to the destination across Airbnb's vast global community.

As part of this alliance, Airbnb and the CTO are launching a campaign leveraging Airbnb's robust media platforms to market The Bahamas and other CTO member countries to millions of engaged Airbnb users...
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BMOTA Statement on Report of security breach of Travel Health Visa Website - Mar 11, 2021 - 7:05:35 PM

It has been brought to the attention of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation that there is currently in circulation on social media, a report of a security breach of sensitive data on the website that hosts the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application process.

We categorically state that there has been no such breach or compromise of our systems or databases...
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