Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tourism Minister Sees Turn-Around for Grand Bahama



Freeport, Bahamas -- Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe marked a new tourism agreement that will result in the reopening of the Reef Village at Lucaya as a “new day” for Grand Bahama, and revealed that visitor arrivals for the island are already significantly improved – up 8 percent this year.
 
Prime Minister Perry Christie on Wednesday revealed that the Bahamas government, Hutchison Port Holdings, the largest resort owner in Grand Bahama, and Sunwing Travel Group, one of Canada’s largest tour operators, have signed letters of intent and memoranda of understanding forging a historic tourism partnership on Grand Bahama. Among other things, the agreements will bring 1,000 permanent jobs and hundreds of construction jobs through the re-opening of the 500-room Reef Village.

Hutchison will renovate and reopen the Reef Village, which will be leased and operated as a five-star, all-inclusive resort by Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts, an affiliate of Sunwing Travel Group. 

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