gems@paradise opened dors 2000
in long islands
started w/16 diff types of accomodations
not solely hotels but condos as well
done some modifications to make more units
now taken certain units out of hotel sector and done long term leasing
so now 10 units eg 2 bed condos or single rooms
available for short term rental
condos liek a villa but not in a seperate building
2 single bed condos take up one floor
one of the owners and also a manager
she’s one of the princiapl reasons biz got started
mother long island desc who wante dto retire there
she marreid a long islader but no job opps
Min of Ed thought she wouldn’t stick w/job
CPA and risk
part of her focus/industry exp in a/c(public&switched to client acc)so had some exposure
mainly audited hotels
however a huge difference between nass lg scale vs what she is dealing with
entirely diff set of challenges
when she started stem project was not operations … helped smaller hotels&various requirements
it was one of those htings where had to find evrying out on your own
in out island at 2011 have to supply own water
also no access to cable
btc now offers dsl&vibe they only had them in recent years.
when started not even sure had direct dial
not a stoy typical of a lot of out-islanders … infrastructural challenges&simple practicality … utility probs etc.,
equip not in place for a small community.
mktg mainly internet through website
also??out island boar
guests have changed over the years
at one point half-half domestic&foreign now changed so its tipping over
seeing less domestic(recession)
LI still a baby in Tour mkt
Guests from as far a Poland
Other European guests
but most for uS or canada
polish guest discovered them online
also recently a few Russian guests
Out Island appeal more to Europeans
have a high repeat
:OUr guests wnat to keep it a secret: Some CAnadians stay for months ;
as a small hotelier you deal w/every aspec tyou can imagine
don’t exactly have the luxury unless start w/very large cap base can’t hire much people
even now try to get independent contractors … in industry majority of cost is labor
do you enjoy it
on any given day the answer is yes
but you have to catch her at a good moment
“you have to love what you do”not exactly a financiallly rewarding industry
capital, infrastructure, mkt, distance&cost … things cheaper in Nas but getting them to FI is a challenge.
food–peculiar to them in Clarence town area 5 restaurnat w/in x radius … don’t want to cut into local biz&restaurants also require local mkt. So initially started out as bread&breakfast
vover years because of makeup a number of villas hve thier own kitchen
also lg kithen/dining area
had caterers but also ahve avialbe meal plan guest can have food prepped on site
you have to have tremendous forititude. tremendous
currently vp bah out island board
vp out islands bhta
“they are having an extrwmely diffiuclt timewith this recession”barely holding on to keep doors open
lows … u have to be prepared w/how you’ll deal with the lows.
one thing if you’re settin gup in Nas … easier
when looking into out islands you ghave to really research what it is your’re getting into.
when i wake up and i can se such clear water&great variation re water&cleanlines of air, solitude nature
Makes you really appreciate the gems that BAh
also your’re in a crime fee enviroin that’s unehard.
leave doors open¬ worry that things’ll go missing
locals don’t have attitudes.
granted we’re all trying to excede in soem way and osme are not as scontent being in service industry
&bahs have looked at it as svc rather than ownership in
OI peole have become so accustome to being entrepreners they exept that things are in their own hands.
long ilsand qu9ite well known for education
plays part in PTA
youth face funding prob. try to place key role in finding donor/shcolarships out there
to give idea of opps etc
in HOSP LIs were generally not interested at all.
those going off to NAS for ed …. if u have 3.6 gpa why be interest in hops?saw other avenues where it woul be easier to advance at a faster pace.
now&in convers w/shocol .. .there are opps in dinsutyr&prog possible to get
Bha bing a lot of seeking funding to ensure opps xitin in nas and abroad
LI dot on map. Compared to abaco, GB, Bimini, Exuma, would like to see&thingk makes a huge impact is fact the LI is very littel known out there
w/mkt that can changefuture
also don’t have in’tl airport
starting march small charger stop .hopes it can improve&see more visitors to isl
can’t rest on laurels want hig occupancy year around
not just regattas, etc.
on 16 acres
from Deadvmnas cay 13.2 miles south
20 mins car drive.
motivation esp comes form family … you have y0ourself&each other to depend on for success
wakes her up everymorning …w hat is your next step if your biz fails
eg if working for Atl can go to another hotel
don’t have the opp there.
motivates to figure how to make biz better or surivie
it would mean an uporrto and move.
part of focus on mentoring … not many when first established but there were 2 smaller hotels, but they are over 60 miles apart … not room&difficult to look to anyone in industry you can key on unless you started out in Nas
however as part of dif orgs&OI promo board had mentors over theyears …
eg Nettica Symonetee, donna jean turnquest sammy thurston, jeff burhc small hope bay
poineers in smaller hotels you’re aware of their challenges can reach out&say what are you going trhough
newer ons in second year of biz
next stepping stone
in gterms of locality … similar circumstances.
come&visit LI … understand crime up 50 percent
would like to see in not too distant future
w/overcrowding in nas the bah visitn&establish a thri evconoy
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