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Bahamas Heats up Toronto

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#Canada, February 27, 2018 – Toronto – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation wowed more than 100 Canadian media, travel partners and tour Toronto 169operators with an innovative presentation to recap 2017 and give an outlook on 2018.

During an oversubscribed media luncheon, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Director General Joy Jibrilu presented attendees with a detailed overview of what is new, updated and upcoming throughout The Islands of The Bahamas.

“The Bahamas is expecting a very robust 2018,” said Minister D’Aguilar. “In short, the Bahamas is hot right now.  The numbers will reflect that after a slow three-quarters of 2017, we ended the year on a high – December air arrivals from Canada were up a whopping 24.7 per cent.”

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Air arrivals from Canada are also trending upward for 2018, and according to forecasts, bookings are up approximately 24 per cent for the first seven months of the year.

Toronto 167“We all know that The Bahamas is a warm weather destination, but with the introduction of new brands in Nassau, and new developments on tap for several of the islands, the travelling public can refocus on The Bahamas with renewed interest,” D’Aguilar said.

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s team in Canada is working on a robust marketing plan to further increase the number of travelers from that market.

“We have some exciting initiatives planned for television, radio and print in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal,” said Director General Joy Jibrilu.  “We are also working closely with our partners, the tour operators, to attract new visitors to our various islands.  With direct service into Nassau, Exuma and Grand Bahama, we are an attractive destination for Canadian travelers.”

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Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) Canada pulled out all the stops for the luncheon. Bahama Mamas, Junkanoo models, gift bags with authentically Bahamian goodies, stunning video of the destination and Rake N Scrape playing in the background allowed attendees to escape to The Islands of The Bahamas for the afternoon.

Toronto 045“The response has been phenomenal,” said Sr. Director of BTO Canada, Paul Strachan.  “Canada is buzzing about The Bahamas thanks to this event.  We had more media in attendance than any of our previous events.  The media placement over the past few days has been priceless, and the attendees were blown away by the interactive format we used this year.  The interest in The Islands of The Bahamas here in Canada is high.”

Release: Ministry of Tourism

 

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Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

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NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador

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#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”

 

 

 

 

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UNDP appoints new Resident Representative for The Bahamas

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[Nassau, 6 February 2024] – The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) newly appointed Resident Representative for The Bahamas, Kishan Khoday presented his credentials to Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusa Ali yesterday at the Ministry.

As Resident Representative assigned to the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Jamaica, Mr. Khoday also represents UNDP in The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Mr. Khoday, a Canadian national of Indian descent, is currently leading a team from the Kingston office on the first leg of an official mission to The Bahamas and Bermuda. While in Nassau, he will also meet with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Honourable Vaughn Miller; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Honourable Jomo Campbell as well as other officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

In welcoming the new Resident Representative, Ms Ali lauded significant areas of ongoing cooperation with the UNDP including disaster resilience and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She also outlined other key areas for potential collaboration related to digitization and data collection. 

Mr. Khoday pledged continuing support for The Bahamas’ development aspirations anchored on an inclusive and sustainable approach that leaves no one behind. He lauded the significant partnership between UNDP and the Government on the nation’s disaster management, climate resilience, biodiversity and debt management agendas, as well as investments in community-based action through the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme and the India-funded Abaco Shelter project. He said that through the current Country Programme (CP)(2022-2026), UNDP offers a strategic approach to combating multidimensional poverty and advancing climate resilient, nature-based pathways, leveraging UNDP’s capacities in innovation, digitalization, and sustainable finance. “As we near the 50th anniversary of UNDP cooperation in The Bahamas, I look forward to building on our long-standing history and expanding cooperation in a way that builds resilience to multi-dimensional crises and advances results under the SDGs. This includes our partnerships for social inclusion and community empowerment; climate resilience and biodiversity, disaster management and sustainable finance,” he stated.

Mr. Khoday has served with UNDP for 25 years, having coordinated over USD $1 billion in country programming to help partners and communities around the world advance inclusive and sustainable development pathways. This included tours of duty with UNDP Country Offices in China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia and with UNDP’s regional offices for the Middle East and North Africa based in Egypt and Jordan. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Khoday worked with government and community organizations in his home countries of Canada and India on issues of poverty reduction, ecological resilience, and community empowerment. 

Mr. Khoday is a scientist and lawyer, holding a Juris Doctorate specializing in constitutional, international, and environmental law; a Master of Science in natural resource management focused on land and water systems, and a Bachelor of Science in agriculture specializing in biodiversity and ecological change. The UNDP Resident Representative is a frequent speaker at international conferences and policy dialogues on the development agenda and a recognized thought leader on strategic issues such as climate change, ecosystem resilience, constitutionalism, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and resilience-based approaches to development, having published extensively on these and other issues.

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