Nassau and Paradise Island will play host to the NBA World champion 2013 Miami Heat Team who will for the first time ever hold their training camp outside of Florida and the Continental U.S.A.
As Miami’s closest neighbor, a mere 55 miles off the Florida U.S. mainland, The Bahamas have been the backyard playground for Floridians for years, and are embracing the opportunity to host Miami’s white hot team.
Bahamas Minister of Tourism, The Honourable, Obie Wilchcombe said that “The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism is looking to build a viable Sports Tourism program that will position the destination as a sporting mecca but also create a selling position intended to not only attract major/minor league groups but to facilitate the staging of some of the world’s most historic athletic events and tournaments.”
“The government and people of The Bahamas look forward and stand ready to host the championship team that represents the type of sporting groups that will assist in showcasing our country as a sporting haven,” the Minister said.
The NBA championship team, following its Training Camp in The Bahamas will be opening their regular season Oct. 29 against the visiting Chicago Bulls.
In June, The Heat became one of the few teams in the National Basketball Association to repeat as champions and win the Larrry O’Brien trophy in back to back years. The champions have now appeared in three consecutive championship finals, and won two of the last three.
Heat executives and Government officials of The Bahamas agree that with its luxury hotels featuring world class amenities, a unique culture and outstanding beauty, The Islands Of The Bahamas present the perfect setting for the champions to prepare for the opportunity to clinch a three peat.