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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival set to launch on Grand Bahama

The countdown to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is on and with the event now just six months away, Grand Bahama is gearing up to roll out its costume line with an official launch party on Friday, November 28.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie will travel to the nation’s second city for 'The Grand Life' Costume Unveiling by The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company in the Count Basie Square of the Port Lucaya Marketplace beginning at 8:00 p.m.

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Junkanoo Bahamas voted best Caribbean festival

The country’s premier celebration Junkanoo has beaten all other celebrations in the Caribbean in USA Today’s top and 10 best listing.

The competition began four weeks, when readers of the news site were asked to vote on the top 10 best celebrations.

Junkanoo beat out celebrations like Trinidad’s Carnival, Cancun’s Riveria Wine and Food festival; St. Thomas’ Carnival and even Cropover in Barbados to claim the top spot. 

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Swimming with pigs in The Bahamas

While many Caribbean countries offer visitors the opportunity to swim with turtles, The Bahamas has gone one step further, extending an unusual and oddly attractive invitation to its guests to splash around with … er … pigs.

Yes, you read that right.

According to porknetwork.com, the activity takes place off the uninhabited (except by about 20 wild pigs and piglets) island of Big Major Cay.

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Southwest Airlines adds flights to Jamaica, Aruba and Bahamas

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) will launch nonstop service to Jamaica, Aruba and Bahamas starting July 1, the carrier announced Monday morning.

“This is one of the largest initiatives we have ever had in Southwest history,” said Gary Kelly, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines.

The airline set the mood by having a steel drum band playing some Caribbean music before Kelly and other executives made the announcements.

Nonstop daily service:

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Baha Mar continues talent search

The Baha Mar resort, located on the Bahamas’ New Providence island, is ramping up its recruitment drive, targeting 6,000 Bahamians in four countries, as it seeks to have a strong workforce in place for its December 2014 opening. The resort’s training and development segment, the Baha Mar Academy, has focused on attracting students and professionals in the Bahamas, the US, Canada and the UK. Most recently, the Academy held a mixer in New York City for Bahamian students and professionals that showcased the various career opportunities available.

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Bahamas, Canada reach critical stopgap trade agreement

Seeking to preserve $147MM in annual export business, the Bahamas has reached a temporary deal with Canada to maintain duty-free market access until a new regional trade agreement can be settled. The measure prevents a 35% across-the-board duty rate being applied to Bahamian exports to Canada upon the termination of the CARIBCAN Agreement and is the result of negotiations held between Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder and Canada’s High Commissioner for the Caribbean.

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Bahamas courts controversy with gaming bill

As various governments and stakeholders seek to devise a competitive tourism product, at times a measure of controversy must be courted.  When it comes to the Caribbean, the issue of gambling often pits a country’s economic interests against its spiritual ones.  In the case of Bermuda, for example, various gaming referendums have come up against roadblocks in the form of its churches and religious leaders who have condemned the notion of legalized gambling.  The potential difficulty of passing public referendums has led the Craig Cannonier administration to instead seek

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Islands in an economic storm

The Bahamas has suffered one of the most pronounced economic setbacks across the region. Though located in the Atlantic, it is considered by organisations such as the IMF to be part of the Caribbean. Inbound tourism has rebounded after the global recession - the islands now welcome almost 6m visitors per year, up from 4.2m in 2000 – but gross domestic product (GDP) per capita contracted by 5 per cent in 2009 and is still 5 percentage points below its 2000 level.

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World Bank Ranks Richest Caricom Countries

The World Bank has rated The Bahamas as the wealthiest Caricom country. The Washington-based financial institution said The Bahamas is the most economically prosperous country, relying on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. It said the tourism industry not only accounts for more than 60 per cent of the Bahamian gross domestic product (GDP), but provides jobs for more than half the country’s workforce.

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Suspension of ferry service to Bimini island threatens hotel group’s expansion

Resorts World Bimini was dealt a significant blow recently when the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) placed a ban on nighttime sailings of Genting’s SuperFast ferry from Miami, Florida to Bimini Island, Bahamas.  The move, a response by the US government to alleged immigration violations, has put into doubt the future of Resort World’s $275MM expansion on Bimini Island.  The resort broke ground on a 350-room marina hotel project in August of this year, which includes a $150MM expansion of the Marina Hotel.  The ferry service, rolled out earlier in 2013, was proj

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