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The Bahamas Named The Caribbean's Leading Luxury Destination

NASSAU Bahamas, Sept. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the second consecutive year, The Bahamas was named the 'Caribbean's Leading Luxury Destination' by the World Travel Awards at a lavish gala in Jamaica on Saturday night.

The Bahamas beat out Anguilla, Turks and Caicos Islands, Mustique and St. Lucia, to win the prestigious award.

The honor was one of several that The Bahamas was nominated for at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards - Caribbean region, including Caribbean's Leading Beach Destination, Cruise Destination, Cruise Port Destination, Dive Destination, Honeymoon Destination, Airport and Romantic Destination.



Additionally, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism was also nominated for the Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board.

Accepting the award in Jamaica was Giovanni Grant, general manager of Multi Destination Marketing. "I'm thrilled that The Bahamas has maintained its appeal as the leading luxury destination," he said. "It speaks to our commitment to building on the success that we have achieved thus far. We will continue to work hard and hopefully next year we'll be walking away with a few more awards."

Echoing similar sentiments Director General at The Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu, added that The Bahamas is "elated to have been deemed the Caribbean's leading luxury destination. "Winning this award for a consecutive year, especially in such a competitive market, means that we are doing something right. This stamp of approval from the World Travel Awards says a lot.

The Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony took place at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios.

Two resorts in The Bahamas also won big on Saturday night. Sandals Emerald Bay Resort was named the Caribbean Leading All Inclusive Resort and Atlantis Resort was named the Caribbean's Leading Casino Resort.

Last year the 2015 WTA Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony was held at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort.

At the time, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe was named Caribbean's Leading Travel Personality of the Year, while The Bahamas was voted Caribbean'sLeading Luxury Island Destination.

WTA also named The Islands of The Bahamas 2015 Leading Wedding Destination at WTA's global Gala Ceremony in Morocco back in December.

The latest award adds to the many accolades The Bahamas has received this year.

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 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 preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar is on 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 www.Bahamas.com . Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook Twitter and YouTube

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CONTACT: Krystel Brown krbrown@bahamas.com 397-2793 Anita Johnson-Patty ajohnson@bahamas.com (954) 236-9292

Source:Bahamas Ministry of Tourism