Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis,yesterday toured the construction site of Baha Mar’s water park. The $250 million-dollar water park is part of Baha Mar’s Phase II development. The family-friendly recreational area is geared toward all ages and will be heavily influenced by the natural environment. Work on the project started in November 2019 but was temporarily suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19 before restarting again. The tour of the site was led by Baha Mar president, Mr. Graeme Davis. Approximately 85 percent of the value of the project has been contracted to Bahamian companies. Three-hundred and fifty to four hundred Bahamians have been employed daily since the restart of the project. It is expected that approximately 400 new jobs will be created following the opening of the water park in July 2021.
Meanwhile, Atlantis’ doors will be opening Today, December 10th making it the first of the major resorts to open, their employees have spent the last few weeks getting the property ready for the return of it’s guests. The safety protocols have been put in place and staff have done their testings. The only thing left is for the guests to arrive and rate their experience second to none.
The Hon. Dionisio James D’Aguilar, M.P.. Minister of Tourism and Aviation, mentioned that “this is a water shed moment” as the industry has been at a standstill for months. But it is delightful that our major resorts are opening and thousands of Bahamians are being called back in to work.