Baha Mar, Atlantis officials note minor challenges from poor weather

Both Baha Mar and Atlantis are operating as usual, with only a few minor challenges caused by the poor weather impacting their normal procedures, according to officials at the resorts, who explained that their central focus at the moment is ramping up efforts to assist the islands that have been devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Robert “Sandy” Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice president of government affairs, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday, that the resort has experienced some cancellations by guests because of the storm and explained that flooding in parts of New Providence have prevented some Baha Mar staff from reporting to work.

“We’re business as usual as best we can,” said Sands.

“Our main focus is giving support to our associates so they can give support to their families.”

Baha Mar explained in a social media post that the Baha Mar Foundation will provide relief to the affected islands when the storm has passed.

“The Baha Mar Foundation will be spearheading hurricane relief efforts immediately following the storm,” the post notes.

“We hope there is comfort and strength in knowing that the nation of The Bahamas, including the Baha Mar family, stands fully behind those in need. We welcome your support and details on how you can contribute or participate in relief assistance.”

Sands said Baha Mar has been taking care of its guests who were not able to leave before the storm caused the closure of the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) and expects cancellations in the wake of the storm.

Atlantis’ Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Ed Fields said yesterday that the resort is operating normally, except for a limited number of departments at the resort affected by employee call-outs due to flooding on New Providence.

“We have quite a few restaurants open, not all,” said Fields.

He added that outdoor activities have been suspended for clean-up purposes and the resort’s beaches are in good condition.

Fields echoed Sands’ sentiment, explaining that Atlantis’ focus now is to see how it can help the islands affected by Hurricane Dorian. He said the resort will work to set up feeding stations when the storm has passed.

He added that while the Lynden Pindling International Airport is open to receiving flights, due to the track of the storm, airlines operating along the lower Eastern Seaboard of the United States have canceled flights.

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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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