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December 19, 2012
Enjoy New Year's Eve at Pelican Bay's Canal House with After Party at Sabor!

Freeport,
Bahamas - Join us for

New Year's Eve at the Canal House at Pelican Bay
Hotel, and then dance the night away at our

After Party at Sabor starting at 10pm and going
until 1am.

Sabor is situated marina-side and is one of the best locations in Grand Bahama to view the fireworks at midnight!

Our New Year's Eve Pre Fixe Menu dinner is $75 per person.

Stay
in the moment and spend the night. Special room rates in effect for New
Year's Eve. Book your waterside state room at a special rate.

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December 21, 2012
2012 Festival Of Lights Boat Parade A Great Success!

Nassau, Bahamas - From the bay at Arawak Cay. This year was the 3rd annual
Festival of Lights held in the bay of Nassau, off Arawak Cay.

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October 26, 2010
Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama present Guy Fawkes on the Beach, November 7th

Grand Bahama Island -  Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama will join together to host yet another favourite family event,

Guy Fawkes Night on the Beach on November 7th beginning at 4pm at  Margaritaville Sand Bar in Mathers Town.

Tickets are
only $10 for adults and $5 for children and provides a choice of BBQ
Ribs, Hamburgers, or Hotdogs with side orders and desserts.

Show off your best 'Guy' and then toss them onto the bonfire on the beach.Win Prizes!

"Guy Fawkes Night

(also known as

Bonfire Night,

Cracker Night,

Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the

5th of November..."

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November 02, 2011
A Haitian tourism minister to match its potential

I wrote a column two years ago where I stated that I have found in Haiti three women who deserved the gold standard of summum bonum: Martine Deverson, who created Artisanal en fete, by bringing together once a year all the Haitian artists under one roof; Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, who almost individually gave life to the ATA, the association of hotel owners; and Danielle St. Lot, who put the Haitian artists, the culinary specialists and the organic plant growers together.
President Joseph Michel Martelly and his Prime Minister Garry Conille were smart enough to select one of them, Stephanie Balmir Villadroin, as their minister of tourism.  Haiti will have at last a minister of tourism to match its potential.
Indeed, Haiti's potential to become a tourist destination is immense.  I was at the Club Med in the Dominican Republic at the Romana, when I met a group of tourists from Brittany in France, who share our common culture; we have been educated by the priests and the religious brothers and sisters from Brittany, as such creating a natural bond.  One of them told me upon knowing that I was from Haiti, he wished he was in a Club Med in Haiti, because the culture is stronger, the hospitality is larger and the view is better.
It has been a common opinion of the travel connoisseurs that Haiti, in spite of its pitfalls, is a destination that can rival Bali in Indonesia or Valencia in Spain.  Haiti's governance has been so delinquent in its performance that it could not achieve, nay, come close to its potential in tourism.  The last minister of tourism, as well as his general director, was bartering for the last eight years a master plan that never reached the stage of application even at the elementary level.
Yet the calendar of cultural activities that the Haitians themselves have developed is rich in ritual, in meaning and in significance for the diaspora as well as for the foreigners.
Take a peek.
 
Haiti's cultural richness
From May 1 to November 1, the day of All Saints as well as the following day, the Day of the Dead, Haiti is alive with a vibrant succession of religious festivals for the patron saint of the cities, the towns and the rural villages.  This phenomenon is reminiscent of the medieval era where the pilgrims in penitent clothing travelled from St. Jacques of Compostello, Spain, to the Saint Sepulcher in the Holy Land, Israel.  The pilgrims would keep the Christian face intact except that voodoo syncretism has crept into the celebration, giving color, sometimes squalor to the fiesta, repulsive for some and amusing for others.
Haiti did not leave the medieval era, the clock has stopped there.
From November 2 to Christmas Day we enter into the season of Noel that could be as splendid and as festive as our neighbor next door in the Dominican Republic.  The Dominicans, those from home as well as those from the diaspora, started their weekend on Wednesday during that season with all the party and the fireworks that go along with it.
From December 26 to January 12, the country should institute an International Solidarity period with Haiti.  It was only two years ago that a strong earthquake destroyed the capital and the surrounding areas.  To commemorate that event, when more than 300,000 persons perished, the rest of the world can demonstrate its solidarity with the people of Haiti by visiting and performing some charity works in the country, with specific projects worked out in advance by the ministries of tourism, culture and social affairs.
From the second Sunday of January to Ash Wednesday, Haiti enters into the Carnival season that was cancelled only twice during in its lifetime.  One of them was during the year of the earthquake in 2010.
Trinidad and Tobago, eat your heart out.  Haiti is coming after you to rival the throne that you occupied for so long during carnival time.  Young and old, rich and poor give themselves up to enjoy, party and make merry all weekend.  Haiti has a president that used to be the king of the band leader during carnival time; will he lead the parade of the revelers?  Come to Haiti during Carnival to find out.
 
A dynamic tourism product
From Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, the Rara season, or the carnival of the peasants, takes place.  It is an underground movement that is frowned upon by the good people of God.  Indeed the Rara revelers in their songs and their dance blame God and their government for keeping them in such a destitute state.  No one pays attention to their supplication.  Maybe this government will; it has already taken the necessary measures to institute free education for all children, rural and urban.  It has also promised to the farmers low-cost fertilizer for their produce.
It is already Easter and May 1 is around the corner to mark the cultural calendar which, as the sun, will rise to shine for all those who cherish life and happiness.
Villedrouin, am I certain, will be as the minister of tourism of St. Lucia, Allan Chastanet, or the minister of tourism of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, amongst the best in the field.  She has the stamina, the creativity, the simplicity and the humility to start with what can be done now, and achieve later the potential of where Haiti can reach.
Up to the sky - no limit in sight!

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William and Kate want to visit The Bahamas
July 06, 2011
William and Kate want to visit The Bahamas

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, while visiting Canada told The Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada His Excellency Michael Smith and his wife Suzanne, that he and his wife would like to visit The Bahamas.

They spoke while watching the fireworks launched to celebrate Canada Day. His Excellency, who is Dean of CARICOM High in Canada and his wife Suzanne were among a group of about 50 diplomats, government ministers and officials invited to the observation deck of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a dinner reception before observing the festivities.

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Grand Lucayan will come to life next year 2014-with the Temptations
September 19, 2013
Grand Lucayan will come to life next year 2014-with the Temptations

Grand Lucayan, Bahamas will ring in 2014 with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve bash, complete with a live performance by The Temptations. The award-winning resort, which offers a classic Bahamian experience just 55-miles from the Florida coast...

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July 04, 2011
US Ambassador Avant marks the United States' 235th anniversary of independence with 'A Salute to California'

NASSAU, Bahamas -- U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas Her Excellency Nicole A. Avant and her husband, Mr. Theodore Sarandos, hosted the official U.S. Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador's Liberty Overlook home on Saturday,
July 2.  
The event was held under the theme, "A Salute to California", and it brought together guests from throughout The Bahamas and the United States and to enjoy and sample an array of California's culture and cuisine.  Musical entertainment for the occasion was provided by Jazz Etc. who performed a repertoire of California songs with the evening culminating in a spectacular fireworks display set to Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812.
Ambassador Avant, speaking on behalf of U.S. President Barack Obama, thanked her guests for their continued support and friendship to the people of America and referenced a remark made by President Obama.
"This is the day when we celebrate the very essence of America and the spirit that has defined us as a people and as a nation for more than two centuries."
The evening was set aside to pay tribute to the Ambassador's home state of California and she highlighted what makes the State so unique.

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July 03, 2011
U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant Marks the United States' 235th Anniversary of Independence with A Salute To California

Nassau, Bahamas - U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas Her Excellency Nicole A. Avant and her husband Mr. Theodore Sarandos hosted the official U.S. Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador's Liberty Overlook home on Saturday, July 2.  The event was held under the theme, "A Salute to California", and it brought together guests from throughout The Bahamas and the United States and to enjoy and sample an array of California's
culture and cuisine.  Musical entertainment for the occasion was provided by Jazz Etc. who performed a repertoire of California songs with the evening culminating in a spectacular fireworks display set to Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812. 

Ambassador Avant, speaking on behalf of U.S. President Barack Obama...

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December 23, 2010
Sheraton Nassau Beach New Year's Dining Options

Nassau, Bahamas -

Enjoy fine dining at Amici!  Experience the bountiful New Year's Eve buffet at

Bimini Market at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.

$60 NEW YEAR'S ACTIVITIES. Watch the Time Square Ball Drop. Live band entertainment and Fireworks.  On Saturday, January 1st take in our

New Year's Day Buffet at Bimini Market. $28.75 for Lunch and $32.20 for Dinner...

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February 27, 2012
New national stadium officially opened!

Tears of joy streamed down the faces of many Bahamians on Saturday evening as they watched the spectacular show staged, for the opening of the country's first state-of-the-art sports facility, in amazement. Thousands poured into the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Saturday, wanting to be a part of the historic event.
For many years now, athletes past and present were lobbying for an arena which would set them apart from their regional counterparts, like their performances in various sporting disciplines, and the construction of the stadium is said to be the edge that will be needed to further propel the country forward.
While the fireworks lit up the sky, and Bahamians stood proud, the country's best athletes including the trail blazers and those still carrying the torch, shouted out with glee, "finally". Olympic icon Pauline Davis-Thompson viewed it as "a vindication for all of the sporting persons", who came before her and those standing and still competing now. She said: "The Bahamas should stand proud and tall, as we understand that there were people who came before us and sacrificed many things to make this dream come true. The Bahamas is now recognized as one of the sporting powers in the world, but more importantly, the people of The Bahamas recognized us for what we have been doing. The Government of The Bahamas has recognized what we have been doing by rewarding us with such a beautiful arena."
The four-hour ceremony featured Bahamian athletes, musicians, dancers and icons. The event, broadcasted live, gave Bahamians from around the country an opportunity to share in the moment. International leaders, including representatives from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), regional sporting heads and giants, were on hand to watch the ceremony, which was done at an approximate cost of $600,000 to the government.
The national facility, named after Thomas Augustus Robinson, is a gift to The Bahamas from the People's Republic of China. It seats 15,000 and will be the home of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) and the Bahamas Football Association (BFA). Robinson was the sole competitor for The Bahamas on the world stage for many years. He competed in four Olympic Games, starting in 1956. Two years later, he won gold at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, in Cardiff, Wales. The gold medal performance was accomplished in the 220 yards. Robinson also won a silver in the 100 yard dash.
When the British Empire and Commonwealth Games were hosted in 1962 and 1964, he claimed a silver in the 100 yard dash. At the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, held in 1962, Robinson won a gold medal in the 100 yard dash.
It was these achievements among others, in which, the grand celebration was held. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said: "Tonight, we celebrate. We celebrate the embodiment of our Bahamian spirit and our Bahamian pride in Thomas Augustus Robinson in whose name and honor we dedicate this new national stadium. Tommy, you make us all proud to be a Bahamian. You are a sprinter by training. Yet you are also a marathon man as demonstrated by your considerable contributions to national development, and in helping to bring to fruition, the dream of this day. Tommy, you have fought the good fight. You are finishing the race with the very style and grace you exhibited in representing your country in four Olympiads. You have kept the faith.
"Tonight, we also celebrate Bahamian athletes, past and present. Tonight we celebrate a new day for athletics in fields of endeavor and competition such as baseball, basketball, soccer, American football, swimming, diving, tennis, cycling and other sports. We are delighted that this new athletic and cultural center will host major regional and international events like jazz and reggae festivals as well as other musical and special events. Fellow Bahamians at home and those joining in this celebration from overseas, tonight we celebrate the very essence of who we are as a people. We celebrate our Bahamian identity and nationhood."
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said the construction of the national stadium "creates real opportunities for The Bahamas to extend an invitation to the world to practice, compete and enjoy the best of the islands of The Bahamas." He believes that key to sustaining growth, is the state-of-the-art facility.
The preparation process for the official opening did not go without hiccups which resulted in many becoming critics of the current government. Many believed that the price tag for the opening was too high, especially since millions will be spent on the overall re-development of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex.
"The government is spending over $50 million in and around this site starting with the commissioning of a comprehensive master plan of the 400-plus acres around this stadium," revealed Maynard. "The IBS group, a Bahamian Civil Engineering group, whose principals are Nick Dean and Kevin Sweeting, completed the design of a multiuse sports and recreation compound in record time. We are now well into the execution of phase one of this master plan which has created a lot of what you would have seen on your way here, and a lot of what you cannot see that makes this stadium functional."
Maynard is promising that work will begin on the new state-of-the-art internationally certified Hot Rod complex by the end of next month.

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