April has come and gone and to be honest it was kind of a blur. One second, we were thinking of the best April Fools jokes then the next second we were welcoming May, knowing it would bring us closer to summer.

Enough of our wishes for endless summer days and nights, here’s a recap of events that happened in The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) in the month of April.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Updates:

• Bahamas.com is now an award-winning website: Bahamas.com which is the official website for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has won the "Best in Class" at Interactive Media Awards. If you're here reading this post, don't rush off, scroll through and if you have time plan your island-hopping vacation using our commission-free, hotel book direct engine

• Inaugural Junkanoo Dragon Boat Race & Festival: Grand Bahama Island saw the introduction of the inaugural Junkanoo Dragon Boat Race & Festival held at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. The event, which was composed of several boat races and a festival component, created an environment where participants had the opportunity to experience the unique sport-infused with aspects of Junkanoo culture. 

• Bahamasair has announced new direct flights between Miami, Florida and Bimini: The Bahamas national flag carrier has announced that beginning May 3rd, they will begin non-stop service between, Miami, Florida and Bimini. The flight between Miami and Bimini is about 30 minutes with the new service using a 50-seater aircraft the ATR 42. Flights will depart Miami at 1:30 p.m. and arrive Bimini at 2 p.m. and leave out of Bimini at 2:30 p.m. The flights are scheduled to run four times weekly, beginning in May, Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays

.• Bahamasair and Air Caraïbes Sign an Agreement: Air Caraïbes and Bahamasair signed an interline agreement allowing French passengers to book on Air Caraïbes for Paris to San Salvador but also it will allow Bahamians to travel to Paris. The flights will be offered every Thursday and once passengers arrive in San Salvador they will be able to travel to Nassau via Bahamasair and to any other island in The Bahamas

• The Bahamas to host the Caribbean’s Largest Aviation Conference: The third annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup is slated for June 12-14 with the key objective of finding new ways to increase airlift into the region. Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island will be the conference’s command centre where several aviation issues and solutions will be discussed in depth.

• The Bahamas nominated for nine World Travel Awards: It's happening again! The Bahamas has been nominated for nine different awards, namely Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination; Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination; Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port 2018; Caribbean’s Leading Destination; Caribbean’s Leading Dive Destination; Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination; Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2018; Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board 2018 and Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination. Voting is open at www.worldtravelawards.com. Search for The Bahamas and click the “Vote for Us” button. The deadline to submit your vote is August 12

.• The Bahamas chaired the meeting of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for the America’s (CAM) regional meeting: This special meeting was held in Paraguay and around 17 Ministers of Tourism were present including Chile, Uraguay, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba and many more. This is huge because it’s the first time a Caribbean country has chaired the regional commission. The Director-General of MOTA acted as the chairperson of CAM and gave an update on the Caribbean region after the tumultuous 2017 hurricane season.

Destination Updates:

• Bahamas Ride On-Demand Taxi App Now Available: Getting a ride in Nassau, Bahamas just became even easier with a new app that allows you to order a taxi with the tap of a button. The app places passengers in touch with licensed and vetted taxi drivers. All forms of payment are accepted.

• Stop and Stay Cruise to The Bahamas From Palm Beach is now Daily: The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's unique two-day cruise and stay, out of Palm Beach, Florida to Grand Bahama Island is now daily.  The new ship now provides the opportunity for the cruise line to potentially deliver as many as 500,000 passengers to Grand Bahama Island annually, from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida.

• 3 Tides Open at Baha Mar: 3 Tides is the 24th restaurant to open at the hotel. The 220-seat eatery is described as an approachable yet sophisticated twist on the classic fish house. Officials say the restaurant’s concept is based on three pillars –sustainability, quality and simplicity.