U.S. maintains ‘increase caution’ advisory on Bahamas

Advisory maintains warnings on Sand Trap, jet ski operators and Fish Fry. NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said earlier this month that he expected future United States Department of State travel advisories to reflect ongoing discussions between the two countries, the latest U.S. advisory released Monday maintains its “increased caution” […]

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Ferguson hopeful standoff on Grand Lucayan VSEPs will be resolved tomorrow

Says he has been “accessible” despite D’Aguilar stating otherwise NASSAU, BAHAMAS – President of the Trade Union Congress, Obie Ferguson, said despite assertions made by tourism and aviation minister, Dionisio D’Aguilar, that negotiations on behalf of the Grand Lucayan managerial staff have been silent for at least a week, he has been accessible and has […]

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Dames: “Constructive” discussions held with U.S. officials

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Following United States President Donald Trump’s commitment to have the issue of travel advisories reviewed for a number of Caribbean countries, including The Bahamas, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said Bahamian authorities and U.S. officials have continued to have “constructive” discussions on the matter. “We’ve been having those meetings and having […]

Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation attends Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo: Florida’s Largest Conference

LAKELAND, FLORIDA – The Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, made an impactful appearance at the 45thAnnual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, taking place in Lakeland, Florida. The largest convention in Florida and the second largest aviation conference in the United States, Sun ’n Fun attracts more than 200,000 pilots, aviation […]

Environmentalists: Disney HOA reveals worst fears

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Several environmentalists yesterday characterized the heads of agreement for Disney’s $250 million project in Eleuthera, which was made public yesterday, as a realization of “our worst environmental, economic and societal fears”. In a joint statement, reEarth, Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF), Save The Bays, and Waterkeepers Bahamas said the agreement represents […]

Tourist arrivals not affected by Boeing 737 Max suspension

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The tourism industry has experienced little to no impact from Boeing’s decision to ground its global fleet of 737 Max aircraft, according to Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar. D’Aguilar says stop-over arrivals, especially from the United States (US), have proven to remain steady despite the ongoing investigation into one of […]

NAD: Grounding of Boeing Max planes not expected to impact LPIA

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The grounding of Boeing 737 Max series 8 and 9 by most major airlines, following a fatal crash in Ethiopia over the weekend involving the model, is not expected to impact operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), according to Nassau Airport Development Company Limited’s (NAD) Vice President of Marketing & Communications Jan […]

Opposition slams govt. for “secret deal” signed with Disney

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Various stakeholders are calling into question government’s recent Heads of Agreement (HOA) signed with Disney Cruise Lines to construct a $400 million-dollar cruise port and entertainment facility on Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera. The deal was inked last week but was only made public on the weekend. Not only are questions surfacing on why […]

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Govt.: Disney HOA to be tabled March 20

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After being slammed by the Opposition and environmentalists for not allowing the media to attend last week’s Heads of Agreement signing for Disney’s proposed development at Lighthouse Point in  Bannerman Town, South Eleuthera, the government announced last night that in the interest of transparency and accountability, the Heads of Agreement will be […]

Grand Lucayan managers reject VSEP offer

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Managers of the now state-owned Grand Lucayan Resort have rejected the voluntary separation packages (VSEP) offer from Lucayan Renewal Holding, the special purpose vehicle created to represent the government in the sale of the property. The matter was heard before the Industrial Tribunal in Grand Bahama on Monday, and according to Trade […]

Govt signs HOA with Disney Island Development

120 to be employed during construction, 150 permanent jobs to be offered   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Government of The Bahamas has signed a heads of agreement with Disney Island Development Ltd for a proposed cruise port and entertainment facility at Lighthouse Point in Bannerman Town, South Eleuthera. The signing took place last Thursday at […]

Bahamas Taxicab Union launches partnership with Global Ports Holding

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Having been selected as the preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Nassau’s cruise port, Global Port Holdings first order of business was to formally meet with Executives of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union (BTCU),  the Prince George Wharf Taxi Association  and the Downtown Nassau Partnership in regards to the redevelopment of Prince […]

Coco Cay on track for May opening

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) President and CEO Michael Bayley indicated yesterday that its planned $200 million expansion of Coco Cay is well on track for its first phase opening in May with hires for the island currently in training programs. “We have got an awful lot of Bahamian construction groups working […]

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Exercise ‘increased caution’ when visiting The Bahamas, U.S. advises

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The United States Department of State yesterday reissued a travel advisory, cautioning American citizens visiting The Bahamas to exercise “increased caution” when visiting the country due to crime. The level two advisory said violent crimes, including armed robberies, sexual assault and burglaries remain common “even during the day and in tourist areas”. […]