• Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
  • BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
  • Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
  • Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
  • BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
  • HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
  • Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
  • U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
  • Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
  • 'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening



A-listers align for a star-studded partnership to produce Baha Mar opening gala
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Baha Mar, the grand and greatly anticipated luxury resort announces an exciting partnership with two of the leading names in the world of music and entertainment— Jamie King and Emilio Estefan— who will be teaming up for the first time to develop, produce, choreograph and score the resort’s Grand Opening Gala alongside executive producer Bernie Yuman.

Slated for late Spring 2015, the Baha Mar Grand Opening Gala will be a grand experience of sophisticated luxury and leisure spanning multiple days and encompassing every corner of the 1,000-acre property, set alongside 3,000 feet of uninterrupted white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with award-winning visionaries such as Jamie and Emilio, who both have successful track records and are extremely well-respected in the entertainment industry,” said Sarkis D. Izmirlian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officerof Baha Mar Resorts, Ltd. “I’m sure that their creative forces will combine to provide our guests with an unforgettable event that is nothing short of amazing and truly combines the glamour of the New Riviera with the soul of The Bahamas.”

Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee Jamie King, writer and director of the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL World Tour, and director of the newly launched Cirque du Soleil MICHAEL JACKSON ONE at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas), is the leading concert tour director in the world of pop music today. Also an acclaimed choreographer, King has served for more than 16 years as Madonna’s creative director and has worked with an array of superstars including Rihanna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, the Spice Girls, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Ellen DeGeneres, and most recently, as creative director of Bruno Mars' record-breaking Super Bowl halftime show.

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Tourism promotes new flight services to Grand Bahama from Raleigh/Durham and Pittsburgh
Submitted by Brooke M. Sherman   

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism along with representatives from the Grand Bahama Island Tourism meet Mayor William Bell of Durham, NC.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism along with representatives from the Grand Bahama Island Tourism sector recently teamed up to conduct an aggressive Public Relations and Sales mission throughout the cities of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with key influencers in the private and public sectors, travel agents and media houses to promote new direct and non-stop air service to Grand Bahama Island.

The direct services from the RDU and PIT airports will take place throughout the month of October. Bahamasair is using a 737-400 150 passenger jet, for the two hour international flights. The packages including air, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation are being provided by Vacation Express, using six properties on Grand Bahama including two all-inclusive resorts.

The PR and sales missions have taken place in a number of cities across the U.S. over the past months. On the most recent mission through Raleigh/Durham and Pittsburgh, the team visited with Convention and Visitor Bureaus in the various cities, and in addition to media appointments and sales calls, paid courtesy calls on Mayor’s William Bell, Durham, NC and Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh, NC. Both Mayors were personally invited to visit Grand Bahama Island on one of the October flights.

The packaged programs with Vacation Experess which began in May, has resulted positively for Grand Bahama, yielding an exponential increase in airlift by over 33% with stronger market positioning for the island.

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Frontier Airlines introduces flights to Nassau starting November 20
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

EWING, New Jersey -- Frontier Airlines has announced that it will be introducing flights to Nassau, Bahamas from Trenton-Mercer starting in November – an initiative that tourism officials are lauding.  

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced the move this week in a press statement noting that it is the first time a commercial airline from Trenton-Mercer Airport would be introducing an international flight.  

Frontier is offering introductory rates starting at $79 for one-way flights for reservations made between today and Aug. 23 at www.flyfrontier.com.

“We’re excited that for the first time in our long history, Trenton-Mercer Airport will host a commercial carrier that offers direct flights to an island resort, and we’re optimistic that this is a sign of future growth,” Mr. Hughes said.  

The flights will commence on November 20. Flights will run twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday on Frontier’s 138-seat Airbus 319.  

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Eighteen Bahamians awarded scholarships to study in China
Submitted by BIS   
It was all smiles as Cabinet Ministers, senior Government officials and stakeholders pose with the Bahamians who received scholarships to attend university in the People’s Republic of China. The scholarship award ceremony was held at the Melia Cable Beach Hotel on August 18, 2014.  (Photo / Patrice Johnson Rose)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The 2014 People’s Republic of China Scholarship Ceremony was held at the Melia Cable Beach Hotel on Monday, 18th August 2014.

In the largest scholarship cluster since the scholarship program’s inception and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in May 1997, sixteen Bahamians were awarded scholarships from the Government of China and two Bahamians were awarded scholarships from the Confucius Institute at the College of The Bahamas.

Joining 58 other Bahamians who have benefitted from this program over the last 17 years, the recipients will pursue both undergraduate and graduate studies in China in a wide variety of academic disciplines including Economics, Marine Engineering, Clinical Medicine, Genetics, Enterprise Management, Public Diplomacy, International Communication and Public Administration.

On hand to congratulate and encourage the recipients were Ms. Zhang Fangfang from the Chinese Embassy; Mr. Haldane Chase, Director of the Confucius Institute at the College of The Bahamas; H.E. Yuan Guisen, Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas and the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration who delivered the keynote address.

Mitchell noted that he was pleased that the students received this grand opportunity not only to receive a tertiary education, “but to be Ambassadors of our Nation, to share with the people of China the richness of our heritage, traditions and culture.”
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U.S. Coast Guard and BASRA Grand Bahama strengthen partnership during annual Bernie Butler fundraiser
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

The United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew participate in at-sea rescue demonstration during the Bernie Butler BASRA fundraiser on Grand Bahama.  (Photo provided courtesy of Derek A. Carroll for Beyond Graphx)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On Saturday, August 16, the United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flew past the shoreline above a festive crowd gathered to watch a low-hover rescue swimmer demonstration in support of the all-volunteer Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association’s 44th Annual Bernie Butler Swim Race held on Coral Beach.  The rescue swimmer demonstration is a key attraction for spectators each year as it highlights the U.S. Coast Guard’s support of BASRA in its ongoing commitment to saving lives at sea.  During the U.S. Coast Guard demonstration, CDR Kurt Kupersmith and co-pilot LT Lewis maneuvered the helicopter only 150 yards from the beach.

For the mock rescue demonstration, the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hovered 30 feet above the water, allowing Coast Guard rescue swimmer AST2 Caraballo to descend into the ocean where he made the short swim ashore.  Cheering spectators took photos of the swimmer in action before he returned to the recovery location.  Flight mechanic AMT2 Arner then lowered a harness for Caraballo waiting below, and hoisted the rescue swimmer to safety.  The mock at-sea rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew demonstrated a part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s role in Operation Bahamas and Turk & Caicos (OPBAT), a trilateral counter-drug partnership between the United States, The Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands to combat the flow of illegal narcotics throughout the region.

Since 1960, BASRA Grand Bahama has held the swim race to defray the maintenance of its rescue boats and volunteer aircraft.  BASRA volunteers work closely with Bahamian law enforcement agencies throughout the Bahamas’ archipelago.  BASRA responds to a number of emergencies ranging from airplane crashes to vessels in distress.  The non-profit voluntary organization has located thousands of boats reported missing, saving countless resource hours in unnecessary search and rescue efforts for vessels safely moored in a local marina or anchored in one of the many pristine anchorages in the Bahamas.

Photo: The United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew participate in at-sea rescue demonstration during the Bernie Butler BASRA fundraiser on Grand Bahama.  (Photo provided courtesy of Derek A. Carroll for Beyond Graphx)

 
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