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Bahamas Marinas & Boating Partners Tout “We are Open For Business” Message at FLIBS



#United States, November 21, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Bahamas hotels, yacht and marina operators from throughout the islands were in full attendance at the recent 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), held November 1-5, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale.   The Bahamian operators were there to ensure that the boating enthusiasts knew that the marinas in The Bahamas were not impacted by the recent storms that devastated parts of the Caribbean, and that they are in fact, open for business and ready to book.

IMG_1162Some 1,200 boats in-water, were featured at the world’s largest in-water boat show, which bought together 105,000 international buyers and sellers from 50 countries.   FLIBS’ 58th event showcased 1,000 exhibitors who displayed their marine products and accessories, valued in excess of $4 billion dollars over 3 million square feet in seven locations in Fort Lauderdale:  Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Broward County Convention Center, The Sails Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina, Pier 66 Marina and Las Olas Municipal Marina.

Boating industry partners for The Islands of The Bahamas were fully present to showcase, connect and secure business for their respective establishments.   Among them were the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA), leading hotel and marina properties, the Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM).

Throughout the five-day event, officials from the MOTA and ABM conducted seminars to avid boaters on the endless possibilities of cruising and chartering in The Bahamas, new marina developments and expansion, new programs, boating specials and a registration drive for upcoming (2018) boating flings.

‘We in The Bahamas are fortunate to have been spared the wrath from the recent hurricanes, which damaged some of our Caribbean neighbors in the south.   We are thankful that our marinas and hotels did not receive any damages and are opened for business,” said Richard Treco, Sr. Manager of Vertical Markets at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.

“The crystal clear waters of The Bahamas which spans more than 100,000 square feet of ocean are located just 55 nautical miles off the coast of Florida and are ideal for pleasure boating, charters, beer boat charters and super yachts, and we have made it increasingly easier for boaters to do so,” he said.

“Through our alliance with the ABM, we now have a one-stop agency, that can do everything the avid boater needs or wants for chartering our waters; from securing a captain, to assisting with customs and immigration clearance and boat registration, they can do it all with one call,” he said.

photo bahamas hotel & marina partners at FLIBSJoe Dargavage, Vice President of ABM and General Manager of Romora Bay Resort & Marina said, “no other country offers the multiple vacation experiences and boating specials like The Bahamas.   Boaters can clear customs once, upon arrival at their first port of entry, and then use that one permit, for up to three crewmembers to cruise the rest of The Bahamas’ pristine islands, for up to one year.”

“For many of our islands, boating sustains us.    It provides a significant percentage of our total revenue so it was essential for us, and the boating operators of The Bahamas to attend this (FLIBS) event to further heighten the awareness that The Bahamas is indeed open for business”.

The majority of the marinas in The Bahamas provides full dockage services and can accommodate boats on average of 100 to 250 feet, and in some cases super yachts up to 400 feet.   Currently, all member marinas of The Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board are providing a $300 fuel credit for stays in The Bahamas.

Other industry partners that participated in FLIBS included Romora Bay Resort & Marina, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Grand Lucayan, Treasure Cay Hotel, Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina, Abaco Beach Resort, Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Leeward Yacht Club, Resort World Bimini, Bay Street Marina, Flying Fish Marina, Great Harbour Cay Marina, Port Lucaya Marina, Cape Eleuthera, Coastline Adventures, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and The Bahamas Maritime Authority.

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Release: Ministry of Tourism



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Cruising should slow down says PAHO



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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TCI & Bahamas and over 20 other countries put at higher risk by CDC, Residents say DIVERSIFY



#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – ‘We need to diversify!’ is the main call from residents of the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas after the recent bumping of their countries to a level 4 in the US, Centres for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice index. The Turks and Caicos Islands along with the Bahamas, Cayman, Bonaire, Curaçao Trinidad and Tobago and 16 other countries were officially added to the CDC’s level 4 list on Tuesday.

Jamaica was also moved up to level three.

Level 4 is the highest level of risk according to the CDC and non-essential travel, including vacations, to countries listed as such is not advised by the organization.

Despite a record breaking year for arrivals, one TCI resident said, “Maybe now the PNP will put something credible into place to go with their words about diversifying the economy.”

A Bahamian resident added his views from Grand Bahama.

“Tourism is running the whole country, which is ridiculous because every time something goes down in the rest of the world tourism is the first thing that drops off.  With Covid you think they would have learned a lesson, no, they’re still using Tourism as a base for everything.”

This is a blow for all the Caribbean countries listed, who are still trying to rebound from 2020’s economic shocks due to the freeze on travel and tourism when the Coronavirus Pandemic first started.

It is especially difficult for the Turks and Caicos which mandates that travelers must have travel insurance to vacation on the islands as level 4 ratings makes that security more difficult to procure.

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Back to the Bush, Traditional Remedies make a Come-back



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer



You may know it as the Wild Hyssop; American blue verbena, mosquito plant, holy herb or simpler’s joy. You may even know it because of its rich purple colour or its tiny and delicate leaves and five-petaled blossoms. But what you really need to know is that Vervain has several healing properties; it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving).

Among its purported benefits, vervain is used to treat headaches, other aches and pain, insomnia, digestive dysfunction, depression and anxiety, and upper respiratory tract infections.

This means it’s perfect for the time we live in now as the coronavirus infamously attacks respiratory systems.



Neem – the tree for solving global problems grows “almost anywhere” in the lowland tropics.

So, if you don’t already have the broad-leaved evergreens in your backyard, it’s not too late to start growing it.

Every part of the Neem tree is beneficial: the bark, leaves, seed, fruit, and twigs. It has over 130 biologically active compounds that can keep viral and bacterial diseases at bay. It is also a powerful immune stimulant.

Yes, it is bitter and has a garlic, nutty aroma but that is a sign that it is good for your body but not so good if you are trying to become pregnant, according to experts on the plant.

Neem is “A” class, which means it is antiviral (inhibits the growth of viruses), antifungal (inhibits the growth of fungi), antibacterial (destroys the growth of bacteria), analgesic (provides pain relief), anti-inflammatory (reduces certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness), antimicrobial (destroys the growth of microorganisms) and it is age-defying.



As everyone is in survival mode, Moringa, the survival food, which contains all the nutritional elements may be just what you need.

moringa leaf and powder capsule on a wooden background

Moringa has protein, calcium, eight of the nine essential amino acids, iron, Vitamin C and A minerals and more. The best part is that all parts of the Moringa plant have their unique health properties and you have different ways to use the plant.

Moringa leaves can be dried and grounded in powder form or as supplements. You can also use it to make an essential oil as well as a delicious drink from fresh leaves.

To improve both health, cure digestive disorders, protect your heart and cardiovascular system, reduce blood sugar levels, boost energy levels and immunity, try Moringa.



“Go home Elena, go home Elena, go boil Cerasee fi yuh belly” – This Caribbean folk song was loved more than the plant itself. But if your grandmother could not convince you enough, COVID-19 is here to remind you that your body needs to remain healthy and Cerasee can add to your body that renewed look and feel. The fruit, leaves, and seeds of the bitter melon plant have medicinal properties and are used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world. The herb is a natural detoxifier, containing vitamins A and C, as well as phosphorus and iron.

It is mostly used to make a hot beverage to calm symptoms of hypertension, diabetes, liver problems, fever, and constipation.



Miracles still happen and if you do not believe, have a nice warm tea or a cool blended drink made from the Leaf of Life. You can also enjoy the raw plant. The tall, erect, succulent perennial herb is native to Madagascar and has become naturalised in tropical and subtropical areas.

It is used as a herbal remedy to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, colds, coughs, shortness of breath and bronchitis. The Life plant has several health and beauty benefits and the good news is, you can even have it as a houseplant.



Aloe for the hair, aloe for the skin, and aloe is also for the immune system.

The Aloe Vera plant is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides, just what you need now to strengthen your body and build resistance against harmful bacteria and viruses. Along with being used in cosmetics, the thick, short-stemmed plant has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.

It also enhances insulin sensitivity and helps improve blood sugar management, so if you are diabetic, it is good to add Aloe Vera to your medicinal list.



A single papaya contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, another booster for your immune system.

Papaya trees are almost everywhere on the island, so you have no excuses. Moreover, the nutrition filled fruit is not only a healthy choice, it’s a tasty one too.

Add papaya to your fruit salad, scoop the raw fruit with a spoon, blend the seeds into a creamy salad dressing and don’t forget to add the green fruit to your meat pot.

As you enjoy the juiciness and freshness of the fruit, it will help your body to reduce stress, prevent cholesterol build-up, arthritis, and ageing.  The leaves are also proven to be helpful in preventing cancer.

Papaya is also one of nature’s natural contraceptives, they say.



This tall grass-like herb has a fresh, clean, lemony scent.

Lemongrass or Fever grass is commonly taken orally, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled as aromatherapy.

It contains substances that can relieve pain and swelling, reduce fever, improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and it has antioxidant properties.

A hot cup of lemongrass tea every morning can significantly improve your health.

Also, the leaves and the oil are used to make medicine. So what better way to enjoy the benefits of this herb than to grab it fresh from your backyard and enjoy the pure scent and the soothing taste?


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