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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Wins Best Feature in an Online Publication at 2018 Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards

Annual awards in New York distinguish excellence in social media and journalism among Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) members

Plantation, FL, June 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) was recognized by The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in the Virutal Visitor Award category for “Best Feature in an Online Publicaion” at the annual Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards on the evening of June 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. The award was bestowed to the BMOTA and Alexander Britell, editor in chief of the Caribbean Journal, for the article in the digital publication titled, “Following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Bimini.” The Bahamas was recognized for editorial coverage with nominations in three other categories:

  • Up the Social Ladder: Best Social Media Marketing Campaign by a CTO Member Country: The Bahamas #NoFilter Social Influencer Campaign
  • Me Too! I Rediscovered Home! Best Feature by a Diasporan Journalist in U.S. or Caribbean Media: Essence, “4 Reasons to Fall in Love with this Classic Bahamas Resort All Over Again”
  • No Anansi Story! Best Feature by a Caribbean-based Journalist that appeared in Caribbean-based media: Welcome Bahamas, “Families Flock to Pirates Cove: Freeport Welcomes First Bahamian Theme Park”

In addition to editorial accolades for The Bahamas, Director General Joy Jibrilu received the esteemed Allied Award, presented to an individual from the CTO family who has done an extraordinary job of contributing to the sustainable development of the region.

“Being recognized across four diverse categories is a huge honor for the BMOTA, and reflects the Ministry’s continued efforts to impact tourism and raise the profile for the country both here in the Caribbean and in the U.S.,” said Bahamas Tourism and Aviation Minister Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar. “We’ve seen strong growth in the online journalism and social influencer space in 2018, and continue to pursue efforts that push boundaries and innovate how we showcase all the adventures that await in The Bahamas.”

The award ceremony honors the best editorial media coverage and social media campaigns executed by CTO member countries to promote tourism to the destination. Winners were selected by an expert panel of nine travel media and industry judges. Minister D’Aguilar, Director General Jibrilu and representatives from the BMOTA accepted the awards at Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018).

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization, and Caribbean Week, visit www.onecaribbean.org. Visit www.Bahamas.com and follow The Bahamas on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Anita Johnson-Patty
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Weber Shandwick Public Relations


Jibrilu became the first Bahamian member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization to receive the Allied Award for sustainable development at Caribbean Week New York

Plantation, FL, June 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Last night during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Dinner and Fashion Show, part of the annual Caribbean Week New York events, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu received the distinguished Allied Award for her exceptional work towards the sustainable development of Caribbean tourism.

Director General Jibrilu was present at the ceremony at the Wyndham New Yorker in Midtown to accept the award bestowed upon her by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and its Allied Members. Mrs. Jibrilu is the first Bahamian member of the CTO family to receive the esteemed award.

“I am extremely honored to be receiving the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Allied Award this year,” said Mrs. Jibrilu. “Promoting our spectacular Caribbean region and its sustainability is a personal passion of mine, and its good stewardship is essential for all of us. I am grateful that my colleagues in the tourism industry, and my neighbors in the Caribbean, consider my contributions to have been so worthwhile.”

Established in 2005, the Allied Award is presented to an individual within the CTO who has done an extraordinary job of contributing to the sustainable development of the region. Eligible organizations include members of government, member airlines and cruise lines, and allied members, which includes hotels, tour operators, marketing companies, newspapers, magazines and television programming.

“It is with both respect and admiration that we recognize these business and industry icons for their tireless commitment – often beyond the call of duty – to the development of a sustainable Caribbean tourism product,” said Sylma Brown, Director, CTO-USA.

Throughout her tenure in the government sector, Mrs. Jibrilu has worked diligently to encourage sustainable development and tourism growth for The Islands Of The Bahamas, with a focus on respect to the local environment, culture and people. In her role as Director General, a position appointed to her in May 2014, she has had oversight in the development, marketing and promotion of the Bahamian Tourism Industry’s multi-faceted marketing programs targeting consumers in global markets including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Latin America and Europe.

Prior to this, she served as the Director of Investments in the Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA), Office of the Prime Minister, commencing that role in July 2008.

In both positions, she has been involved in negotiating and implementing some of the largest tourism investment and development projects in the country, including the final phases of the Atlantis Paradise Island mega resort and the multi-billion dollar Baha Mar resort development on Cable Beach.

Director General Jibrilu’s contributions to these major tourism initiatives have brought significant employment and economic opportunity to The Bahamas, and by extension, the Caribbean region. She is passionate about The Bahamas, the Caribbean region and promoting her country, and the region around the world.

“I am a firm believer that we are all guardians of these wonderful islands that many of us get to call home, and as a result, we have an incredible responsibility to promote tourism in the most sustainable manner in order to safeguard the Caribbean for future generations,” Mrs. Jibrilu said.

The Director General was one of nine industry and business professionals, in addition to 12 travel influencers from the media, to be recognized across several award categories during the event. Haitian-American Marlie Hall, an award-winning broadcast journalist and entrepreneur, alongside a former correspondent for CBS News, presided as Master of Ceremonies.

About Caribbean Week New York

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners join government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations will have the opportunity to promote their individual products and services, participate in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provide updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region’s #1 source market.

For more information on Caribbean Week and a full program of events, visit www.onecaribbean.org. Visit www.Bahamas.com and follow The Bahamas on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Weber Shandwick Public Relations: Bahamas@webershandwick.com


Anita Johnson-Patty
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Vietnam’s economy to grow 6.7% in 2018: Fitch

The Vietnamese economy is enjoying stronger growth compared to 2017 with increasing foreign reserves and tight control of foreign debt, said Fitch experts at the Fitch on Vietnam forum in Hanoi on Friday.

Sagarika Chandra, senior analyst at Fitch Vietnam, said that last month Fitch improved Vietnam’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) rating from BB- to BB with a stable outlook, thanks to a rise in foreign exchange reserves and strong economic growth. Fitch forecast the Vietnamese economy could grow 6.7 percent this year, making the country one of the fastest growing economies in Asia-Pacific and the fastest among BB-rated countries. Fitch said the rating is a result of the country’s maintenance of macroeconomic stability, stronger resilience to external risks and compliance with financial criteria.

However, Sebastian Eckardt, the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Vietnam, warned that the Vietnamese economy is highly open, making it vulnerable to impacts of external factors such as trade fights, higher oil prices, and geopolitical instability.

Source: VOV5

Suspect in fatal stabbing of Vietnamese nationals in Las Vegas arrested

A suspect in the killings of two Vietnamese at the Circus Circus Casino hotel and casino in Las Vegas, the US, has been detained, according to the FBI.

Julius Trotter was located in a home in California and was arrested after a car chase. The victims, a man and a woman, came to Las Vegas with a Vietnamese tourist group, who were on a trip organized by their company. Their bodies were found in their hotel room with multiple stab wounds. The arrest came a day after police in Las Vegas said they were seeking a man in his late 20s with a tattoo just below the neckline. Las Vegas Police said that the attack probably happened about the time someone reported hearing arguing in a room on the 21st floor of the hotel. Julius Trotter is being held at a jail in San Bernardino County. Last year, he pleaded guilty in Las Vegas and was sentenced to five years of probation for felony resisting of a police officer with a weapon and reckless driving.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam expects new wave of investment from Canada

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc introduced to Canadian businesses the dynamic Vietnamese economy with improved investment and business environment and abundant opportunities for foreign investors while addressing the Vietnam-Canada business forum in Quebec Friday.

He was attending the Group of Seven (G7) Outreach Summit and visiting Canada until Sunday at the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Mr. Phuc said Vietnam expects a new wave of investment from Canada once the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) that both countries signed in March comes into effect. He noted that Vietnam is restructuring its state-owned enterprises, including those in important areas such as aviation, power, oil and gas, telecommunications, and transport infrastructure. This is a good opportunity for foreign investors, including those from Canada and Quebec city, to buy shares and become strategic shareholders, said Mr. Phuc.

“Vietnam considers Canada an important partner in the Americas, and the two economies can supplement rather then compete with each other. Particularly, Vietnam has a strong agriculture sector and many industrial products,” added Mr. Phuc who underscored that Vietnam always highly values foreign investment, and is doing its best to protect the interest of foreign investors.

Vice Governor of Canada’s central bank Vincent Joli-Coeur spoke highly of Vietnam’s reform over the past 30 years, while giving optimistic comments on the economic outlook and investment opportunities in Vietnam.

“I have to admit that of all the countries that the bank is working on these days, Vietnam ranks No. 1 in term of openess to foreign investment, and is doing so much work in terms of improving its standards, not only in infrastructure, but also ethical standards. We tend to work with Vietnam and its leadership for many years,” said Mr. Vincent Joli-Coeur.

Earlier, Prime Minister Phuc met with Governor General of Canada Julie Payette, and Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard, and attended a smart technology show at Laval, the oldest university of Canada and in Northern America.

Source: VOV5

Quang Tri province approves more wind, solar power projects

The central province of Quang Tri has approved two wind and solar power projects with total investment of over 120 million USD.

With 12 turbines, the Huong Hiep 1 wind power project has a total capacity of 30MW. Construction of the plant is expected to be completed by December 2020. Meanwhile, the LIG-Quang Tri solar power plant will be built with a designed capacity of 50 MW and be operational by next year. The province is calling for investment in 17 solar power projects with a total capacity of more than 930MW.

Source: VOV5

Iran rules out talks as US continues threats

There is no prospect for dialogue between Iran and the United States in any area before Washington uses the language of dignity instead of threats and sanctions, said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi at a press briefing in Tehran on Friday.

The same day, Iran’s Vice President for women’s affairs Massoumeh Ebtekar said Tehran cannot wait forever for the confirmation of the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, which is hanging in the balance after the United States withdrew. She urged China, Russia, and the EU to soon confirm on this deal as this is Iran’s legitimate rights and the country can not wait any longer.

In another development, Iranian MP Taqi Kabiri, who represents the parliament’s economic commission, said on Friday that Tehran will sue Boeing at international tribunals after the US planemaker said it will not deliver 80 aircrafts to Iran in light of American sanctions.

Source: VOV5