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Bahamas: PM Minnis Applauds Alliance Literally ‘Made in Paradise’



#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – The alliance of two of the world’s more significant luxury brands on Paradise Island, both of which are respected globally for their upscale luxury and exquisite service, will further assist The Bahamas in its ongoing efforts to establish itself as a global luxury destination.

Addressing the Opening of the newly branded Ocean Club A Four Seasons Resort on Paradise Island (formerly the One and Only Ocean Club) on Friday (December 1), Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Ocean Club’s history, breathtaking vistas (views), exquisite architecture, landscaping and commitment to personal service, when combined with Four Season’s reputation as a world leading, global hospitality brand – makes the alliance one that is figuratively and literally made in Paradise.

“Today is a new day for Ocean Club, blending its history and charm with the ultra-luxury brand that is Four Seasons,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, is internationally known for its rich service culture, featuring personal service and attention to detail.

“Ocean Club was one of the first resorts of its nature in the Caribbean.   It has a rich history (and) became synonymous with the emergence of Paradise Island as a luxury destination in the region.

DSC_2702“On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I congratulate Access Industries and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the Ocean Club on today’s milestone.   I wish you every success and promise you the support of the Government of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

Prime Minister Minnis said the Ocean Club has become a symbol of luxury hospitality in The Bahamas and on Paradise Island.

“Indeed, the iconic resort became one of the signature properties on Paradise Island.”

Over the many decades, the Ocean Club has welcomed royalty, luxury travelers, celebrities and guests from around the world.   The property was featured in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale, one of the many Bond movies filmed in The Bahamas over the years.

“Like other sophisticated travelers, James Bond keeps returning to The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis joked, “as I trust will many of your guests who will be enchanted by their experience at Ocean Club Bahamas.”

The Prime Minister said Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has been “consistently rated highly” by guests and travel experts for its guest and customer service.

“Whenever a guest is at a Four Seasons-managed property, they will experience your signature service culture which has made you a leading global hospitality brand.

“I am certain that this commitment will be integral to your success at the Ocean Club as you continue to build on the quality of the guest experience at this iconic resort,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

By: Matt Maura (BIS)

Photo captions:

Header:  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis addressing the Opening of the Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, on Paradise Island, Friday (December 1, 2017).   Pictured (from left) are: Jonah Sonnenborn, Head of Real Estate, Access Industries; Prime Minister Minnis;  John Conway, General Manager, Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort; Vince Parrotta, President, Four Seasons Americas; and Access Industries, Vice President, Annie Wickstrom.

(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

Insert:  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (second left), along with officials of Access Industries, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and The Ocean Club, a Four Season’s Resort, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Opening of Yhe Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, on Paradise Island, Friday (December 1, 2017). Pictured (from left) are: Jonah Sonnenborn, Head of Real Estate, Access Industries; Prime Minister Minnis; John Conway, General Manager, Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort; Vince Parrotta, President, Four Seasons Americas; and Access Industries, Vice President, Annie Wickstrom.

(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)



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Invest Turks and Caicos Attended Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit



#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2021 – Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) is pleased to announce the Agency’s participation in the 10TH Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) held November 10th-12th, 2021, at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas.

CHICOS is one of the premier hospitality conferences in the region. In its 10th year, this event brought together more than 300 regional and international investors and operators and the region’s leading decision makers – all to discuss the region’s markets and possibilities.

Invest TCI participated in the Caribbean Government Leaders plenary session on Friday, November 12th, alongside the Bahamas Investment Authority, Invest St. Lucia, and JAMPRO. The plenary discussions focused on the investment environment of Caribbean economies in a post covid environment under two key themes: diversification of the economy and tourism and the need for greater involvement of (and positive impact on) local communities.

Attending the summit on behalf of Invest TCI was Interim CEO, Angela Musgrove and Legal and Compliance Officer, Judith Garland.

Commenting on the summit, Ms. Garland stated, “I was delighted to represent the Agency at the 10th Anniversary edition of CHICOS. I found the sessions engaging, and the industry trends and knowledge imparted was most valuable. It was great to meet new faces and establish relationships with industry colleagues, which can present mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships in the future.

Interim CEO Angela Musgrove stated, “Invest TCI will continue to support and leverage industry conferences to promote opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is the Agency’s 5th year attending CHICOS, and it has allowed us to directly engage with potential investors and prospects interested in doing business in the TCI. Through these types of events, the Agency can continue to proactively target new investment opportunities, lucrative partnerships, and financial opportunities that contribute to overall economic development.”

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Bahamian Para-Athlete Erin Brown to Become Godmother of RC’s Odyssey of The Seas



#TheBahamas, November 24, 2021 – A Bahamian woman who lost her leg to cancer and went on to defy odds and inspire thousands will be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas. Erin Brown, a 41-year-old mother of two and a para-triathlete who cycles, runs, swims and competes at an international level, will accept the honour at a special ceremony in Florida later this week.

“From the moment we heard the story of Erin, how her courage and determination in the face of adversity inspired others and led to a more inclusive consciousness about succeeding with disabilities, we were moved and knew she was a great candidate for godmother of our newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A godmother serves as the guiding spirit of the ship and brings good luck and safe travels to its crew and guests.”

While she was in college participating as a track and field athlete, Brown was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma after suffering a fall that resulted in a broken leg. After more than a year of chemotherapy, her tumor showed no signs of shrinking, and Brown made the difficult decision to amputate her limb above the knee. Brown, who watched her own mother struggle for five years before losing her battle with lupus linked to cancer, knew she had to keep going because her child depended on her. She underwent surgery and woke up to one less leg. “Mind over matter,” she repeated. And then, she re-invented herself.

She said she recognizes now that her disability was a signal to start over. The first time she completed the 100-mile cycling event, Ride for Hope, raising money for cancer research, education and prevention, she led a group of adaptive athletes who heard the thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd that had witnessed the one-legged cyclist achieve what few with two legs could on the hilly terrain.

“A sudden change like the one I experienced is just an opportunity to rebrand yourself to yourself and to society. All those skills you had before – you still have them,” said Brown who has gone on to become an advocate for rights for the disabled and works at the University of The Bahamas as the compliance officer and counselor for the physically challenged.

“Having Erin as our godmother is a fitting way for us to pay tribute to The Bahamas,” said Bayley. “Our company’s very first port of call outside the U. S. was to The Bahamas more than 50 years ago. To this day, Nassau remains one of our most popular ports of call and Perfect Day at CocoCay remains our top pick by our guests. We are excited about this ceremony and honouring our long-time partners, as well as the newest Bahamian flagged ship in our fleet.”


Photo Caption: Erin Brown, who calls herself a limb-difference individual, will be named the first Bahamian Godmother of a Royal Caribbean International vessel when she presides over the naming of Odyssey of the Seas.

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Sandals Foundation donates to skills training programs in Nassau



#TheBahamas, November 24, 2021 – The clothing, textile and art and craft programs at CC Sweeting High School and Aquinas College recently received a major boost from Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, through their charity arm, the Sandals Foundation.

The resort, which is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar overhaul generously, donated bolts of fabric to both schools. This came after Regional Projects Coordinator, Kerry Ann Fung and her team alerted the Foundation about the fabrics as they felt that the schools would benefit greatly from them.

Sandals Royal Bahamian’s General Manager, Adrian Whitehead did the handover and shared that while the resort’s doors may be closed, their hands and hearts remain open to the people of Bahamas.

“We are resolute about giving back to this country in any way that we can. I’m delighted that Aquinas and CC Sweeting will make good use of the fabric and that it will help students to develop the skills they need to create sustainable and expansive change in society. As we continue with the work on the resort, we plan on donating so much more in the coming weeks,” he shared.

He added that properly resourced learning environments form a huge part of Sandals’ commitment to education, as transformative initiatives have been the Sandals Foundation’s goal since its inception in 2009.

Principal at Aquinas College, Mrs. Shona Knowles who received the fabric on behalf of the school shared that the fabric will be used to aid in the inculcation of entrepreneurial skills in students.

“We have a very vibrant art and craft department. The fabric we received from the resort will be used by students for art projects where they make things like handbags, cushions, stool and bench covers and other artistic pieces. We also have plans to use some of the fabric to design backdrops for multimedia purposes,” she said.

“We are grateful to Sandals Royal Bahamian? and are certainly looking forward to a long-term partnership between the Resort and our school,” declared Knowles.

In addition to other donations that the resort plans on making, come December, the Sandals Foundation will be spreading joy with a toy through its annual Christmas Toy Drive. This initiative will see them donating close to 2000 toys to children from various schools and communities in New Providence and Exuma.

The Toy Drive has been a staple calendar event for more than 10 years through generous donations from United States toy company, Hasbro and the kind support of Sandals and Beaches Resorts team members, guests, travel agents and partners.

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Photo Caption:  Principal at Aquinas College, Shona Knowles accepts fabric donation on behalf of her school from Sandals Royal Bahamian’s General Manager, Adrian Whitehead.

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