Premier stop for Bahamian souvenirs.
The Welcome Center is designed to give the nearly four million visitors who come to The Bahamas each year a true Bahamian experience and the opportunity to purchase quality, authentic Bahamian-made souvenirs and craft items.
Designed by award winning Bahamian architect Jackson Burnside, Festival Place, with its vibrant colours, reflects the architectural style of a Bahamian village. The colours and the design of Festival Place evoke a time when Bahamian artisans and crafts men and women practiced their art and trade in small island communities.
With over 45 artisans and trade persons, visitors and patrons can sip a cup of Bahamian-blended tea while they wait for the finishing touches to be placed on a special straw bag or a painting by a Bahamian artist. They can munch on Bahamian sweets and treats, like coconut and pineapple tarts, as they stroll through walkways and lanes named after magical and inviting towns in the islands, like Settler's Way, Andros Avenue, Queen's Highway, and Barratarre Way.
A tour desk is available, where cruise and hotel guests can obtain information on land and water based tours, attractions, and general information on The Islands of The Bahamas.
Other services at Festival Place include scooter rental, hair braiding, taxi, and ferry boat operations.
Visitors can join in and dance to Bahamian music in the outdoor square on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Operating hours are Monday - Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Ms. Ecarscha Smith
Asst. Manager of Cruise & Maritime Development
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Festival Place, Prince George Dock
P.O. Box N-3701 Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 302-2000