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Dozens of Biminites were hired on the spot after successfully interviewing for jobs being offered during a Resorts World Bimini career fair held on the island on Wednesday.
Scores of Biminites began queuing up as early as 7:30 a.m. for a chance to fill one of the dozens of job openings being offered by the resort (RWB), reported a release from the company.
Organizers are describing the career fair as a tremendous success, based on the turnout and the caliber of people seeking employment.
RWB Director of Human Resources Dave Winslow said the career fair was necessary to fill existing positions, as well as those set to come on stream as the company expands. He said the company is dedicated to helping the community and providing opportunities for the citizens of Bimini.
"We have a number of positions in the existing operation that are vacant and we are looking to hire persons ahead of time in preparation for the opening of the jetty and hotel, so they can be fully trained to invite the many more guests that are going to come to our resort," he said.
"We thought this would be a great opportunity to invite Biminites to preview the jobs available, so we set this up so we could hire folks right on the spot. The quality of the persons that are coming are high-caliber professionals and we are welcoming many of them onto our team."
Also on hand for the career fair was Local Government Chief Councilor Lloyd Edgecombe, who was impressed by the staging of the fair and even more excited about the turn-out.
"I am seeing a lot of new faces of people trying to get into the job market, people who I never thought would be a part of this," he said. "The entire community is excited about what Resorts World is doing in Bimini. I see a lot of young people from the community who are excited and ready to get to work. I see a lot of young women here with young children to feed. This is putting money into people's pockets. This is important to us as Biminites. This is only the beginning of what's to come."
Community activist Vincent Ellis said the career fair is one of the best things that has ever happened to Bimini.
"We need this. Resorts World is doing a great thing here in Bimini. This turn-out says to me that the majority of the people support this project. We can't rely on doubt talks. We have to go with what we have. We have plenty people in Bimini to feed. Plenty people need jobs all over this commonwealth, so we say 'let's go ahead'."
The drive to hire more staff comes in preparation for major expansion at the resort.
Hundreds of additional jobs will be created in the months ahead with the openings of the port at Resorts World Bimini this summer and a 325-room luxury boutique hotel in late fall, noted RWB.
Applicants will be vying for positions in the hotel front office, housekeeping, slots, casino credit, food and beverage service, culinary, marketing, marina, transportation and security departments.
The career fair is expected to build on RWB's contribution to the island's economy as well as national employment figures.
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Dr. Showalter Johnson, CEO of Global Village Group (GVG) and Harvard specialist in non-profit frameworks, recently toured Resorts World Bimini (RWB) to see firsthand all that the destination has to offer. Dr. Johnson, who founded GVG in 2010 to provide businesses with strategies and methods for improvement, was invited to take a look at RWB as the venue for the 2015 Commonwealth Economic Yearly Summit (CEYS) - an international conference that attracts some of the world's wealthiest investors, venture capitalists and business persons each year.
"As major leaders of industries across the globe, delegates who convene at the CEYS round table have come to expect the absolute best in terms of the quality of service provided by the facilities at which they meet," said Dr. Johnson as he toured the resort. "I am looking for a venue that is able to deliver on that expectation, and from what I see here, Resorts World Bimini is more than able to do so."
Dr. Johnson was apprised of RWB's luxury marina resort, which is forecasted for a soft opening in the late fall of 2014 and a full opening by the winter of 2015. The new 305-room marina hotel will offer luxury accommodations, water views and state-of-the-art conference meeting space - ideal for the level of persons who will be attending the CEYS summit, including some of the world's wealthiest entrepreneurs.
RWB Executive Dana Leibovitz said the new facility and Bimini as a whole would serve as an ideal venue for the conclave.
"The CEYS summit has a track record of bringing some of the brightest minds in commerce together," he said, "which could only be of great benefit to Bimini - particularly to the business community here who would have opportunities for knowledge transfer and possible partnerships. With our luxury marina and the unmatched beauty of Bimini as a backdrop, the meeting would be memorable on multiple levels, and we would be delighted to be in the mix of it all."
CEYS has created a Commonwealth Sovereign Program geared towards encouraging at least two members of a household to become entrepreneurs, and thereby sparking economic growth, investment and development, the empowerment of business leaders and the creation of new ones. In addition to insightful workshops and presentations, delegates to the conference are invited to a unique billionaire's round table discussion in an effort to foster future collaborations. Taking into consideration Bimini's rapidly growing economy as a result of the presence of Resorts World, the island would serve as the ideal venue for the summit.
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.
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...
Resorts World Bimini officials expect to receive a boost in visitors at the property after completing the first phase of its port facility.
Prime Minister Perry Christie and a delegation of Cabinet ministers traveled to the island yesterday for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The construction of the controversial North Bimini Ferry Terminal was met with challenges, including push back from environmentalists.
Christie said the government will continue to assess the environmental impact as the resort completes the remaining phases of the facility.
He said the government is committed to the best environmental practices.
During the ceremony, the Bimini Superfast Ferry pulled into the pier with hundreds of visitors aboard.
The visitors, who traveled from Florida, were welcomed with a Junkanoo rush out.
Genting Group Chairman K.T. Lim said the Bimini Superfast will begin to cruise from Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida as of September 18.
He said trips from Port Everglades will be available from October 14, in addition to the four trips per week the ferry already makes to and from Florida.
Lim said the resort's plans will benefit Bimini and its residents significantly.
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said since the resort opened last year, it has seen a 33 percent increase in hotel occupancy.
As a part of the resort's expansion, a new 300-room hotel will be completed in February 2015, according to officials.
Christie said 480 people are involved in its construction.
Once the expansion is completed the resort will employ more than 800 people, according to the prime minister.
Wilchcombe also announced that the Ministry of Labour is spearheading the establishment of a new administrative complex in Bimini.
It will include customs and immigration, a check-in counter and tourism desk and is set to be completed within six months.
It is unclear how much the new complex will cost.
The complex is intended to ease the burden and costs for residents in Bimini.
Christie also said the recently passed Gaming Bill will go a long way to expanding and modernizing the gaming industry and what World Resorts Bimini can do.
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.
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.
California -- Reef Worlds Inc, the leading underwater tourism
development firm in the U.S., is introducing their new experiential
Underwater Worlds for the Caribbean at all inclusive resorts with a new
$4.5 million dollar development budget.
The program is designed
to help resorts in the Caribbean grow market share, increase customer
satisfaction, and develop a competitive edge through unique, exciting,
and interactive underwater worlds designed for the environment and for
tourism. These completely unique and exciting underwater sites are