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November 01, 2011
G-LA Resorts Gains Control of Ginn

The controlling title to the former Ginn Sur Mer resort community has officially been acquired by G-LA Resorts Holdings (Bahamas) Ltd., marking what could be the beginning of a major turnaround for the project and the island of Grand Bahama.

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April 25, 2014
Resorts World Bimini opens casino training school

Resorts World Bimini will open a Casino Training School on the island next month to recruit and train a steady influx of Bahamians in a variety of table games...

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 Sandals Resorts International To Host Over 1,000 Travel Agents Tour Operators
November 08, 2011
Sandals Resorts International To Host Over 1,000 Travel Agents & Tour Operators

Hundreds of travel agents will descend on Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay in the coming week as the resorts continue their travel agent familiarization season (Mega-Fam).

By the end of December each resort would have hosted approximately 1,200 travel agents.

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March 20, 2013
Through Expanded Partnership with Resorts World, RAV Bahamas Still in Bimini Picture

RAV Bahamas is still
very much in Bimini's tourism development picture, according to a joint
statement made by RAV and Bimini's newest investor, Resorts World
Bimini, a subsidiary of the Genting Group, a multinational corporation
engaged in a growing portfolio of leisure and gaming development and
resort operations in The Americas.

In June 2012, Genting Malaysia
joint ventured with RAV Bahamas, developer of Bimini Bay Resort &
Marina and Rockwell Island Beach Estates, to build the 10,000 square
foot Resorts World Bimini Casino.

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January 31, 2012
Resorts boost marketing amid promising December

Resorts and hoteliers are pumping more cash into marketing, advertising and promotions in 2012 in an effort to keep the forward momentum going.
"There is no letting up on the promotions in terms of investment," said David Johnson, the director general at the Ministry of Tourism. "A number of stakeholders are boosting their marketing resources to stimulate sales as much as possible. With the late booking environment we're in, you can't afford to go dark. You have to remind people constantly of what you have."
In fact, the Ministry of Tourism and its various promotional boards have just approved the popular companion fly free program. Johnson told Guardian Business it continues to play a crucial role in attracting arrivals, and converted into dollars and cents, he said it translates into $250 in savings for those who stay three nights or less, and $400 for tourists traveling for four nights or more.
"So far it has worked. We are assured to have a strong winter. Our business has trended upwards since December," he added.
According to preliminary statistics from The Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA) and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, December 2011 saw an occupancy rate of 58.3 percent compared to 55 percent the previous year.
Room nights sold rose by 5.1 percent and hotel room revenue went up 6.5 percent year-on-year.
Stuart Bowe, the president of the BHA, said it's essential for hotels to increase revenue, as operating costs rise and resorts are forced to make large capital expenditures to remain competitive.
He echoed Johnson's sentiments that more focus on marketing and joint promotional and product improvement efforts have led to improved numbers in December 2011 and so far into this year.
"We are seeing the value of our strong marketing and promotional initiatives which are resonating well in the marketplace," he added. "These have been underway for two years and each year we have seen incremental progress. We are also pleased to see some of the highest customer satisfaction levels reported in years, with visitors citing overall improvements in the experience and appearance of our islands."
Bowe also noted the length of stay continues to rise for arrivals into Nassau, partly attributed to the new packages on offer but also the nature of the tourist.
Arrivals from Latin America, for example, comprise a different breed that tends to splash out for longer holidays.
In terms of 2011 as a whole, occupancy rate came in at 63.9 percent compared to 62.6 percent the previous year. Room nights sold improved 1.3 percent and room revenue spiked 3.1 percent.
Preliminary air arrivals to Nassau to the end of October last year were down 3.3 percent.
Bowe and other tourism leaders are predicting that 2012 could be the year that arrivals and occupancy levels return to pre-recession levels.

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June 30, 2013
Bahamas Prime Minister Remarks at Opening of Resorts World Bimini

Remarks by Prime Minister The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie:

I am most delighted to be here today in the blissful, enchanting island of Bimini, along with my wife, Cabinet colleagues and a host of dignitaries, officials, invited guests and the good people of Bimini to with participate Mr. K.T. Lim the Chairman of Resorts World and the Genting Group and Mr. Gerado Capo the President of RAV Bahamas and their teams in the grand opening of Resorts World Bimini Casino...

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May 18, 2012
Sandals Resorts introduces new wedding planning concept

Sandals Resorts has introduced a new wedding planning concept that give couples the
opportunity to add their personality and style to their wedding
celebrations.

The
all-inclusive resorts for couples which operates 14 luxury resort
properties across the Caribbean including Sandals Emerald Bay, Exuma and
Sandals Royal Bahamian, Cable Beach in the Bahamas.

Launched its all
new

'Your Wedding Your Style' wedding planning concept
which now allows couples to customize their dream wedding at the resort...

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March 18, 2014
EARTHCARE speaks on impacts of the Resorts World Bimini cruise ship terminal

Full text of presentation by Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE to Information Session at Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, Alicetown, Bimini on March 15th, 2014.
Good evening,
The cruise ship terminal for Resorts World Bimini has been described as "necessary" to the business plan. I will outline here several reasons why that is a ludicrous statement.
First, let me outline what the cruise ship terminal plan entails:
The plan is to build a 1,000 foot pier terminal that will be wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other comfortably. At the end of this 1000 foot long structure will be the manmade "island". The island will be made from 220,000 cubic yards of your Crown Land prime ocean bottom that just happens to be right next to 14 of your "prime dive sites". The reason for the idea is to let their too large for the island, cruise ship to be able to come right up to the so-called island, which will house the Customs and Immigration and a "beach club" house.
The MAIN reason this delicate site was chosen, and the only reason that this incredibly valuable biologically diverse site was chosen for destruction is simply because it is closest to the casino and to the main road of Resorts World Bimini.

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June 30, 2013
Resorts World Bimini Bay strategic transformation

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said to increase overall occupancy and to transform Resorts World Bimini Bay into a year round destination, a strategic transformation plan is being implemented that addresses product placement.

The Prime Minister brought remarks at the opening of the Resorts World Bimini Bay Casino in Bimini, Friday, June 28, 2013...

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April 24, 2013
Hotel union questions 'inability' of resorts to fill positions

A Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) official suggested yesterday that Atlantis and Baha Mar representatives reported challenges in finding Bahamians to fill job vacancies at their resorts in a bid to get the government to sign off on additional work permits.
"I believe they are trying to make a case early, because the first thing an investor will say is, 'We can't find suitable or qualified persons, therefore we need 'x' amount of work permits,'" BCHAWU General Secretary Darren Woods said.
"To say there is a shortage in terms of skilled people - cooks, painters and stewarding personnel - is a concern for us, and I definitely doubt that is accurate because we would have heard that cry from Atlantis as mandated by the industrial agreement."
George Markantonis, president and managing director of Atlantis, said last week that on any given day the mega resort has 300 to 400 vacancies.
Markantonis insisted, "we cannot get people for" many positions the company has advertised online. Those positions include cooks, painters, a kids facility manager, an IT service support manager, a concierge and an assistant director of marine mammals.
According to Kristen Wells, the director of the Baha Mar Academy, the up-and-coming mega resort is "hard pressed" to fill thousands of positions needed by the end of the next year when the resort is slated to open.
She said Baha Mar is faced with traditional shortages in professions like food and beverage, wait staff, restaurant managers, assistant restaurant managers, front and back of house and room supervision.
Woods said Wells' and Markantonis' comments came as a complete surprise. He said many of the 800 or so people Atlantis made redundant in 2008 are still unemployed.
Woods noted the union's industrial agreement dictates that the resort inform the union of job vacancies. The union in turn provides recommendations for suitable candidates.
Last month, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell told Parliament that in the interest of protecting Bahamian jobs, the government plans to cease issuing work permits for maids, housekeepers and laborers with a year.
Yesterday, he called the disclosures by the two resorts "incredible", particularly as the work permit debate between the private sector and the government escalates.
"That's an incredible thing for an employer to say and so both the government and the private sector have to determine why that is, and see whether those vacancies can be filled," Mitchell responded yesterday.
"I sent a note to the vice president of human resources at...Atlantis, saying this here is a young man sitting before me.
"His qualifications are master's degree in business administration [and a] bachelor's degree in computer technology and you say you have perhaps 600 vacancies.
"Why is this young man not able to get a job at Atlantis? What's the reason?"
Mitchell insisted if there is a Bahamian available for a job, a Bahamian should get that job. He said a work permit is not going to be issued.
Woods said the union is still trying to assist the 140 former Baha Mar workers, who were laid off in February. He said Baha Mar should recognize those Bahamians are "very skilled" long-term workers.
However, in the deeds of release agreement Baha Mar stipulated that those workers are "barred from seeking or obtaining employment with [Baha Mar] during the 18 months following the effective date".
Woods said the union is still negotiating with Baha Mar to have that clause removed. He said the union does not oppose foreigners occupying jobs provided that no Bahamian can fill those jobs.
He added that the union intends to write to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Immigration requesting an investigation into Baha Mar's and Atlantis' claims.

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