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PM officially opens SLS Baha Mar

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the Official Opening of the SLS Baha Mar November 17. 

Monday, November 20, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the official opening of the SLS Baha Mar hotel November 17.

SLS adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar, including the Grand Hyatt and Rosewood brands, in addition to the presence of 30 luxury retail outlets.

Approximately 300 Bahamians are employed at the hotel, “with many more to come on stream at Baha Mar.”

Prime Minister Minnis said he looked forward to more Bahamians advancing at the resort in various areas – including management – through mentoring, ongoing training and other opportunities for advancement.

The Prime Minister also took the time to applaud officials at Baha Mar for the launch of its global marketing campaign Life Spectacular in earlier this month.

“Baha Mar is getting set to welcome the world to a new Cable Beach,” Prime Minister Minnis said.

The Opening of SLS Baha Mar is another major milestone for the Baha Mar brand in The Bahamas. The resort is expected to celebrate its Grand Opening next spring with the opening of the Rosewood Baha Mar which, when combined with the rooms available at Melia resort, will give Bah Mar a room capacity of 3,100.

“Today, we celebrate the official opening of SLS Baha Mar, a signature world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage as part of their visitor experience,” Prime Minister Minnis said.

“We welcome their presence in The Bahamas as they blend their hospitality and visitor experience vision with the Bahamian experience at Baha Mar. On behalf of the government of The Bahamas, I congratulate all those involved in today’s opening.”

“I wish to recognize Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and all others instrumental in making today possible, including Baha Mar president Graeme Davis, his management team and the staff at the resort. I also recognize Sam Nazarian, the CEO and founder of the global brand and leading lifestyle hospitality company, SBE Entertainment Group, which is committed to the principles of extraordinary service, world-class cuisine and design,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

SBE manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs around the world. SLS Baha Mar was realized through Dakota Development, a real estate development of SBE.

The SLS Brand has been a leader and pioneer in luxury lifestyle hospitality for more than a decade. The brand seeks to create spaces and experiences that offer “enchantment, delight and elegance.”

Prime Minister Minnis said the government is committed to doing its part to improve the visitor experience to The Bahamas.

“This includes improvements and signage for our Heritage sites, many of which need to be made more visitor friendly in terms of amenities. Many of you will already notice various efforts, including better maintenance of public spaces like parks, roadways and verges. New signs have been placed at popular beaches.”

Prime Minister Minnis said the government hopes to build a Native Food Market “in time” to further advance the Bahamian experience.

Speaking to the House of Assembly November 15, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest gave details the government’s recent US$750 million bond issuance, which is expected to close November 21, 2017.

In his address to the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants event in Freeport last week, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said that Grand Bahamians must seek out and promote opportunities.

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