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Albury’s Ferry Service wins Cacique Transportation Award

BahamaIslandsInfo.com congratulates one of our advertisers, Albury’s Ferry Service, on their WIN of the Cacique Transportation Award.

President Scott Albury shares Albury’s Ferry Service's Cacique Transportaion Award for 2015 with 'the hard working and dedicated staff, past and present, of Albury's Ferry Service.'Here are a few words that the President shared on the night:  

"I stand before you this evening as the humble representative of the hard working and dedicated staff, past and present, of Albury's Ferry Service,” said President Scott Albury. "I mention both past and present as there is just one of our current staff that was even born when AFS first opened its doors almost 56 years ago.

"We are proud to serve the community of central Abaco.  Abaco is a shining example of sustainable tourism. Recognition of our efforts by the Ministry of Tourism is greatly appreciated.

"The world will always dream of warm, sunny shores, sandy beaches and crystal waters. We can certainly thank God for having more than our fair share of these beautiful blessings. What completes these wondrous settings is our people. Our community and in fact our country's future is dependent on not only the strength of our people but the simple acts of kindness offered to our guests every time we interact with them.  

"Thanks again to all that worked so hard to earn this coveted award and to those that recognize our company's daily efforts to make it truly 'Better in The Bahamas!’”

Photo: President Scott Albury shares Albury’s Ferry Service's Cacique Transportaion Award for 2015 with "the hard working and dedicated staff, past and present, of Albury's Ferry Service.”

Well done to the Albury’s Ferry Team and all the Cacique winners who are shining examples of great Tourism Ambassdors for our beautiful country. We agree with Mr. Albury it is ‘Better in The Bahamas’ and we must all work to make sure every tourist realizes this too.

 
Stuart Halbert – 7 time winner as Bahamas Realty’s top producer
Submitted by DP&A   

Lucky 7 – It took more hard work than luck for Stuart Halbert, BRI, left, to be named Bahamas Realty’s top producer for the 7th time since 2002. Bahamas Realty Chairman Larry Roberts congratulates Halbert today outside the firm’s office on East Bay Street. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Sixteen years after he first walked into Bahamas Realty as a nearly novice agent with two years’ experience abroad and more hope than history, Stuart Halbert still can’t believe his good fortune. He loves Mondays, thinks Fridays come too soon and as for the weekend, well, that’s for working, too.

It’s that attitude that has just made Halbert Bahamas Realty’s top producer in 2014 for the 7th time, a journey that has taken the industry through thick and thin and been peppered by sea changes in the economy and the profession.

“When the economy took a sudden and dramatic turn for the worst in 2008, Stuart went on, working hard, never giving up,” said Larry Roberts, chairman of the real estate company celebrating its 65th year. “But for several years, the returns did not match the energy he expended and what made everyone admire him so much is that he was always there, always ready to show a property, to co-broke a sale, to bring a positive approach. He put in the extra hours and is always highly motivated.”

That drive and motivation paid off again in 2014 for Halbert, who is among fewer than 5% worldwide to qualify as a Certified Residential Specialist. Halbert says much of the success is due to advent and growth of MLS, the Multiple Listing Service that permits all participating firms to share information on listings.

“The MLS has changed the way we do business, allowing us to expose our listed properties to a much wider market, accumulate more statistics, provide better information to prospective buyers or sellers, maintain more accurate appraisals, enjoy more co-brokes (sales shared by listing agent or firm and other participating BREA MLS agents),” said Halbert, a director of the Bahamas Real Estate Association for the past six years and a past treasurer.

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Third Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival returns to Abaco
Submitted by Ryan Nelson   

Nashville Singer/Songwriters Making Sweet Music in Paradise  

HOPE TOWN, Abaco -- If the snow where you are has chilled you to the bone this winter, escape to warm weather, sea breezes and performances from some of Nashville’s best musical talents at the Third Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival in Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas.

The free festival will be held Tuesday, February 17 thru Sunday, February 22, 2015 at locations all around Hope Town, Abaco including Firefly Sunset Resort, Harbour’s Edge Restaurant, Abaco Inn, Sea Spray Resort and Marina, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Cracker P’s and Lubbers’ Landing Resort.

The festival will illuminate this Bahamian beach village with events from some of Nashville’s greatest musical talent and includes a mix and mingle with the songwriters, live “in the round” performances and the stories behind the writing. All of the week’s events are free and open to the public.

Songwriters performing include artists such as Sirius XM Radio’s “The Highway” hit makers James Otto & JT Hodges, Hootie & the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan, Django Walker, Randy Montana, Tyler Reeve, Johnny Bulford, Jesse Rice - who penned "Cruise" for duo Florida Georgia Line,  Corey Crowder, American Idol’s Janell Wheeler, Bryson Jennings, Kylie Sackley and festival host, Patrick Davis. For more on the songwriters, visit HERE.

These talent artists have been involved in the writing of hits for star performers like Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson and many more.

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NBC’s Today Show hosts agree that it’s 'Better in The Bahamas'
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Millions of US viewers are probably wishing they were in The Bahamas this week, thanks to a plug from cast members of the popular NBC morning show The Today Show.

On Wednesday, January 28th, Today Show hosts Willie Geist and Savannah Guthrie agreed that The Bahamas is the place to be during a winter storm.

“Boy Tom, The Bahamas sound pretty good right about now,” said Geist as his co-hosts nodded in agreement.

It all started when NBC reporter Tom Costello interviewed Bahamian Cynthia Maynard, one of many passengers who were stranded at LaGuardia Airport in New York for two days due to severe winter weather. More than 7,500 flights were cancelled throughout the United States as blizzards pounded the North East.

During her interview that aired live on NBC, Maynard let the world know that she was ready to get home because she was tired of the snow, and because it’s better in The Bahamas.

“The quote that ‘It’s better in The Bahamas’ has really proven to be true. I can testify to that,” said Maynard after experiencing a frigid winter in New York City.

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Natural beauty of The Bahamas takes centre stage at Art for the Parks festival
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Natural Beauty of The Bahamas takes Centre Stage at Art for the Parks Festival - The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Art for the Parks opened on Friday, January 23rd at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  Featuring over 30 local artists and artisans, a food and craft market on Saturday and the comedy of David Wallace on Sunday, this weekend event was definitely a cultural experience and serves as the major fundraiser for Abaco’s six national parks. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)ABACO, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Art for the Parks opened on Friday, January 23rd at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  Featuring over 30 local artists and artisans, a food and craft market on Saturday and the comedy of David Wallace on Sunday, this weekend event was definitely a cultural experience and served as the major fundraiser for Abaco’s six national parks.

“The national parks on Abaco protect pine forest and coppice habitats for many important birds including the Bahama Parrot, coral reefs, mangroves and rocky shorelines important for nesting Tropicbirds and other seabirds.  The funds raised at Art for the Parks support the Bahama Parrot management plan, national park monitoring, as well as support for the Abaco office,” said David Knowles, Director of Parks.

Abaco Delight featured jams and jellies at the Market Area on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)Event attendees enjoyed viewing and purchasing works in all mediums including oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, handcrafted wood products, dazzling jewelry and incredible fabric art. The event also featured a special raffle with prizes donated by the artists and a quilt raffle with a quilt donated by Kim Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs.  Several artists also gave live demonstrations working on paintings, jewelry or providing opportunities for attendees to create their own art with a ‘Make it and Take It’ activity.

“The Art for the Parks event was the idea of local Abaco artists who wanted a show that would allow them to promote and display their art while supporting the national parks on Abaco,” said Lynn Gape, BNT Deputy Executive Director. “It has been a great partnership with the artists participating in the planning of the event, as well as the amazing support we have received from the Abaco Beach Resort and local corporate partners.”

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