NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Thousands of revelers joined in the celebration across the picturesque colonial city of Nassau as the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 culminated in a spectacular close. Junkanoo, Rake-n-Scrape, arts and crafts, Bahamian cuisine, captivating music and extravagant costumes took center stage as Bahamians and visitors came together and made the Junkanoo Carnival an unforgettable triumph for three days.
The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism for The Bahamas announced that the recent conclusion to the Junkanoo Carnival this past weekend was a “sensational success,” and wished to extend a special thank you to the participants, the sponsors, entertainers, visitors and all the people of The Bahamas for making it all possible. He added, “This success is a result of the resounding effort on behalf of everyone involved—The Bahamas certainly took center stage.” He noted that the government, the National Festival Commission and workers in the Tourism and Youth, Sports and Culture Ministries have now put on two major, ( IAAF World Relays Included) successful events within the span of a week, proving that the country must add a “label of excellence” to its brand.
“Certainly by all that developed,” he said, “it proved that carnival does have a place in The Bahamas. It can be a unique festival celebrated in a traditional Bahamian way with the inclusion of Junkanoo, highlighting the many talented Bahamians. The entertainers, the artisans who produced costumes, the vendors out there with their unique cuisine, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the entire National Security team that worked to turn the place into a spectacular village.”
The Carnival, presented by Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and supported by partners including Atlantis, Bahamasair, Breezes Resort and the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) has been one of The Bahamas most highly anticipated events ever since it was slated in 2014. International media who attended also had the opportunity to experience the destination. Media represented included Cinemax HBO Latin America, Caribbean Vibrations TV Canada, Haute Travel Blog, Around Town Newspapers, Ebony Magazine, Surf and Sunshine Blog, CHYM-FM Canada, Elle Magazine, UK, RES Travel Magazine, Sweden, Vagabond Magazine, Denmark, Daily Mirror, UK, Style .It, The Netherlands, Gracie Cahill, Ireland, Inna Hemme, B.Z Germany, Esquire DT, and Le progress, France.
The Junkanoo Carnival is the first of its kind to be organized in The Bahamas and an attempt by local authorities to showcase to the world the archipelago’s centuries-old culture of masks, music and dancing. The Carnival set out to rival 200 other carnivals around the world and attract thousands of visitors to The Bahamas. Not only were its marks met, but with such positive results, it will earn a permanent place on the event calendar for The Islands Of The Bahamas. The projected economic impact for Junkanoo Carnival 2015 is $50 Million.
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The Islands of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with pre-clearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit their website.
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