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 Local food and beverage businesses are ready to turn up the heat for the 5th annual Culinary Fusion Expo, with the Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB) of The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Limited as title sponsor and key partner for the event.

Culinary Fusion will be held at the Grand Lucayan Hotel on Saturday, November 11 beginning at 4pm.  The event showcases the best in culinary talent on the island and provides mouth-watering treats in an idyllic venue.  Sean Johnson, organizer and president of Move Marketing says, “Culinary Fusion was created for the food and beverage industry.  We plan vigorously for a memorable event and so each year we aim to be better than the year before.”

‘Test Your Talent’ was the theme of Friday night’s vocalist competition at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, where more than a dozen competitors took to the stage, vying for the grand prize of $1,000 cash. For nearly two hours residents and visitors were wowed by a spectacular display of local talent, while enjoying live performances from some of the country’s best entertainers.

The event was hosted by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), in partnership with ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’, an initiative of the Office of the Prime Minister on Grand Bahama.

Sr. Manager of Business Development for GBPA and Invest Grand Bahama, Derek Newbold, notes that the vocalist competition was the 2nd in a line-up of several “Back to School Family Friday” events (BTS Friday) planned for the months of August and September.

“Grand Bahama is OPEN for business and rolling out the ‘red carpet’ to receive guests!” This was the resounding message heralded by the island’s key tourism stakeholders, at the 24th annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), conference and tradeshow, in Merida, Mexico last week.

A four member team from Grand Bahama attended the FCCA event as part of a renewed alliance between The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Freeport Harbour Company and The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism (MOT) offices  (both Grand Bahama and New Providence), to reintroduce the island’s tourism product to cruise lines, and address some of the challenges facing the destination.

ABOUT GBPA


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.

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THE WAY FORWARD


Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.

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