”We’re thrilled to receive these distinguished acknowledgments from the World Travel Awards, especially in such a competitive market”, Joy Jibrilu, Director General of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said. Fans can submit their votes at www.WorldTravelAwards.com/Vote from March 7, 2016 until July 31, 2016. Winners will be announced on September 17, 2016 and honored at the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Bahamas includes hundreds of islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba, southeast of the US state of Florida. The Bahamas territory encompasses 470,000 km2 (180,000 sq mi) of ocean space. Bahamas relies on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. Tourism as an industry not only accounts for over 60% of the Bahamian GDP, but provides jobs for more than half the country’s workforce.