16 Couples Marry On 16 Islands At 16.00 EST On 16 January 

CAT ISLAND, BAHAMAS – January 16, 2015 – At 16:00 hours EST on January 16th, 16 couples were married on 16 Islands in The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Cat Island showed Darius Smith and Ariana Veiga Barbosa how to take their love to new heights as they celebrated their affinity for one another 206 feet above sea level.  The views and company of locals made the newlyweds feel at home, and the view made them never want to leave.  Kissing as husband and wife amongst the clouds was an experience they soon won’t forget. 

Cat Islands “Top Of The World” wedding, that took place at the Halorson House on Cat Island, for the Indiana couple, was only one of 16 weddings that took place simultaneously on 16 Islands in The Bahamas.  

The major bridal promotion launched by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, provided visibility and created awareness of the country as a premiere weddings and honeymoon destination.  Couples looking for a wedding, honeymoon or anniversary destination can choose from 16 unique and exciting locations within the 700 Island archipelagic chain, as was successfully demonstrated by the multi-destination promotion.

The 16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day wedding promotion provided the 16 couples with air travel, accommodations and meals first to Nassau Bahamas and then on to one of 16 Islands in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas’ Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe thanked the participants saying, “While you have been a part of a promotion, the truth is we are sincere about sharing with you who we are and what we do. We want to share with you all that God has created for us and we want you to feel that you are a part of the family,” he said. “And so having you in The Bahamas to share such an important part of your life is truly significant. And we believe that events such as these will go down in history in helping us to define The Bahamas as the Romance Capital, particularly in a world where tourism is fast becoming the number one industry.” 

Director General of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu also thanked the participants and invited them to return to The Bahamas. “What I would like to do is ask each of you to come back in future years and visit the 16 islands that have been part of this history making initiative,” she said.

16 Islands Weddings partners  also include MasterCard®; Hope Town Harbour Lodge, The Abacos; Acklins Island Lodge, Acklins; Kamalame Cay, Andros; Resort World Bimini, Bimini; Pigeon Cay Resort, Cat Island; Tranquility on The Bay, Crooked Island; Pineapple Fields, Eleuthera; Valentines Resort, Harbour Island; Sandals Emerald Bay, Exuma; Inagua Ocean Villas, Inagua; Stella Maris Resort; Long Island; Riding Rock, San Salvador; Grand Lucayan, Grand Bahama; Hilton Hotel Nassau and Atlantis Paradise Island.  

Media Contact:

Anita Johnson-Patty           Bahamas Ministry of Tourism