ICYMI: March Edition

With so much going on, and concerns such as why is it still so chilly, it’s no wonder that you may have missed a few important updates within the Ministry of Tourism. But it’s okay, as I keep telling you – we have you covered, so trust us as we make sure you stay in the “know”.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Updates:

- There’s a new Jr. Minister of Tourism in Town and this one hails from the beautiful island of Abaco. Khalea Richard beat 13 other brilliant students in the Jr. Minister of Tourism Speech Competition to capture the coveted title. In an unusual feat, all three finalists hail from the Out Islands. Placing second is Ketora Clarke from Eight Mile Rock High School in Grand Bahama and third place went to Luke Knowles of N.G.M. Major High School in Long Island.

- Sixty up and coming chefs from around The Bahamas battled in the kitchen for the title of Jr. Chef at the 26th Annual Bahamas Young Chef Culinary Competition. Alyssa Neely of Samuel Guy Pinder All Age School, Spanish Wells won the Junior Chef of the Year, while Avery Hall of Preston Albury High School, South Eleuthera won the senior division. See article 

- Domestic tourism got a much-needed boost during the 14th Annual Bahamas Music and Heritage Festival held in Exuma. The dynamic cultural event attracted hundreds of visitors and locals alike. Festivalgoers were treated to sweet sounds of down home music as they skulled the night away.

Destination Updates

- Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) reported that air arrivals at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) during December 2017 and January 2018 were the highest in the company’s 11-year history. Arrival numbers for the two consecutive months also exceeded pre-recession travel records for the first time in a decade. Click here for article 

- The Association of Bahamas Marinas is reporting increased arrivals for the first quarter of 2018, as much as 60 per cent. Click here for article.

- A sculpture created by acclaimed Bahamian artist, Antonius Roberts, and representing a female Bahamian immigrant to the U.S., Mariah Brown - one of the first black homeowners in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida - was recently unveiled on the campus of Florida Memorial University.

- Harbour Island was once again featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The Sports Illustrated team said, “A trip to Harbour Island basically looks like you’re walking into a postcard. Whether you spend your days swimming and snorkeling in the clear ocean water or horseback riding along the beautiful beaches, a stay on the island is sure to leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.”

- In a tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., CNN published a feature article on the time he spent in Bimini It referenced all of the things that King liked to do while in Bimini, including relaxing, writing and socializing with civil rights reformer Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.