That's great news! The article also mentions the opening of the first indoor shopping mall on Grand Bahama. Does anyone know anything about that?
Wish they'd add Cincy to their route.............Sunwing is currently doing direct flights to Cancun & Jamaica from there.
Highlights from the deal
Sunwing, which owns and operates a fleet of 737-800 aircraft, will operate flights to Freeport from several cities in Canada.
Reef Village will become a 5-star all-inclusive resort, managed by Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts. If demand warrants Lighthouse Point will also be renovated and reopened by Hutchinson Whampoa.
Sunwing, through its affiliate, Vacation Express USA Corporation, will work with the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand Bahama Island Promotion Board, as well as participating hotels to restructure, support and turn the current underperforming contracted summer airlift programme from multiple USA cities to Freeport into a success.
Sunwing has agreed to facilitate and encourage its beneficial shareholder TUI Travel, the world’s largest travel company, based in Europe, to consider proposals for the inclusion of Grand Bahama in TUI Travel’s destinations, including flights which operate from Europe into Orlando and to explore direct flights from Europe to Freeport
Treasure Bay will extend its operation of the casino until January 2013, when a replacement operator will take over the management of a smaller, refurbished and more exciting casino. Two specialty restaurants and a wedding centre will surround the gaming area.
More Info: bahamaislandsinfo.com/index.php…
Here you can read about the new indoor shopping mall, the first of its kind on Grand Bahama - located next to Butler's Food World in the old Home Center building.
In addition to the anticipated new airlift from Sunwing, the Tourism Minister said today:
"We are also at present in negotiations – and with expectations of imminent start-up – of new airlift provided by Spirit, Delta, Go United, American and also our own national airlines.”
Reef Village will reopen as Memories Grand Bahama Beach & Casino Resort in early 2013.
See the full press release at http://www.sys-con.com/node/2408555
I forgot to mention the part of the article in the previous post where the tourism minister claims that a Latin American group will be bringing airlift to Grand Bahama by the end of the year as well. I assume it will be Copa Airlines from Panama City since they are already flying to Nassau.
From Travelweek today:
"Memories brand to launch in Bahamas
Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts has reached an agreement to bring its Memories brand to the Bahamas. The hotel will be an all-inclusive resort on Grand Bahama Island. The property will undergo a multi-million dollar rebuild, transforming the beachfront hotel into a 5-star deluxe all-inclusive designed for families, couples and golf enthusiasts. The 460 suites will open in early 2013 under the name of Memories Grand Bahama Beach & Casino Resort. With a wide variety of facilities including a modern sports bar, five dining experiences, teen’s club, kids club with a themed aqua park, golf and a casino, the hotel will become a premier destination playground in the Bahamas, said the company."
This is all excellent news for the island. Really hope all goes smoothly. Thank goodness Sandy didn't do too much damage - last thing GB needs is a weather setback.
Thanks for posting, Johann & Sandra!
Johann, that's amazing news!! More upscale restaurants and resorts will add so much to what Grand Bahama already has to offer.
Can't wait to get back and feel all the buzz around this, most likely the beginning of December. How wonderful for Grand Bahama!
More Airline News:
Orlando's Mauiva AirCruise set to launch stops in Grand Bahama
New Airline Expected to Arrive in Grand Bahama
Western Air Opens $4 Million New Terminal, Plans International Expansion
Really amazing. Somebody over there is doing a great job putting this all together.
First thing I do when we go back is head for Flying Fish!