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Atlantis working to resolve ‘open issues’ before confirming reopening date

Atlantis said in a short statement yesterday that it continues to evaluate its reopening timeline and that it will soon announce a specific date.

This comes on the heels of a media interview with Baha Mar President Graeme Davis revealing that the resort complex is not likely to reopen in October to coincide with when the government plans to reopen the country in earnest to visitors.

Davis told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that Baha Mar would like to see a further flattening of The Bahamas’ COVD-19 infection curve.

Atlantis would only say there are “open issues” it is working to resolve before confirming a reopening date.

“Atlantis is evaluating its reopening timeline,” the statement noted.   

“An announcement regarding a specific date will be forthcoming contingent upon definitive protocols and guidelines for all open issues.

“While we are not going to comment on those open issues today, we can say with confidence that we are working through them.”

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said Monday during an address to the nation, that he had yet to be given firm reopening dates for Baha Mar and Atlantis even as he and tourism executives released their plan for reopening the sector.

“I have been in a number of discussions with the CEOs of Atlantis and Baha Mar to ascertain what their current thinking is about reopening and I am hoping they will make some announcements, very soon, with concrete opening dates,” he said.

“Naturally, given the enormous amount of resources required to relaunch properties of their respective sizes, they want to be assured of an economically sustainable customer base when they reopen. As such, they are assessing a myriad of issues, mostly relating to state of the pandemic in their core market, the United States, before they commit to an opening announcement.

“I want to assure the Bahamian people and the workers in those two anchor properties, that we, in the Ministry of Tourism, are doing everything that we can to make their opening a reality as soon as possible.”

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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