PELICAN BAY AT LUCAYA’S CANAL HOUSE BLESSED. Management and staff of Pelican Bay at Lucaya gathered Wednesday, September 15th for the blessing of its brand new Canal House, a $9-million meeting and conference facility. Recently completed, the Canal House is now open for small meetings, conferences and weddings. (Photo: Erik J. Russell/Keen i Media Ltd)
Submitted by Marva Munroe
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Canal House, a five-storey multi-purpose building of 30,680 sq ft (2,850 sq m) and meeting space (including balconies) of 15,600 sq ft (1,450 sq m) was recently completed and is now open. Built at a cost of $9-million, the Canal House is the newest meeting and conference space on Grand Bahama Island.
Management and staff gathered Wednesday, September 15th for a blessing of the building by Father DeAngelo Bowe of St. Nicolas Anglican Church, High Rock.
The facility comprises Captain’s Galley, a breakfast/special function restaurant of 3,120 sq ft (290 sq m), Delphine’s, the Grand Salon, with space of 3,110 sq ft (289 sq m), including wrap-around balcony and four meeting rooms – Coral, Reef, Queen Conch and Starfish, each 655 sq ft (61 sq m) of which two can be combined into one room of 1,310 sq ft (122 sq m), “back of house,” and administrative offices of 8,935 sq ft (830 sq m). Colourful, airy, open meeting rooms, high ceilings, striking architecture, sculpture by artist Antonius Roberts, Bahamian art and surprise trendy elements all combine to make the Canal House.
Catering to small meetings and conferences and Destination and local Weddings, the Canal House boasts all-inclusive half and full-day meeting packages that feature state of the art audio and visual and food and beverage. Combined meeting and sleeping room packages are also offered.
Pelican Bay repositioned to a hotel with focus on meetings and visitors in July 2009. This repositioning completed a strategy that commenced five years ago. “We are delighted to open the Canal House and introduce a totally new product in design and features to our community. We want every business person to know that Pelican Bay is the hotel of choice when visiting, meeting or being married on Grand Bahama Island,” said Magnus Alnebeck, general manager.
Alnebeck pointed out further that “Pelican Bay enjoys close partnerships with businesses in The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island in particular, and excellent word of mouth referrals from the community.” He added, “We thank every company and local person who recommends our hotel to clients, groups, friends and family.”
With the repositioning came the launch of Pelican Bay’s new logo, tagged “Meet Happy.” The new logo portrays the hotel’s brand promise “to create happy experiences for meetings, weddings and guest stays at the hotel.”
“Our new logo, a 'Happy' Pelican donning sunglasses, injects a breath of fresh air, colour and vibrancy into the property,” says Alnebeck. “It allows for a warm experience at touch points before our guests actual arrival at the hotel. Presented in Caribbean secondary colours of turquoise, warm red orange with a mix of yellow, our new Pelican has charisma.”
To complete its repositioning, Pelican Bay at Lucaya continues to offer vacation experiences to the individual leisure guest. For more information visit www.pelicanbayhotel.com.