Margaritaville Beach Resort and Fins-Up Water Park yesterday opened at The Pointe.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis offered congratulations on the milestone.
“The development includes 155 hotel rooms, a 10,00-feet-long lazy river, water slides, a surf simulator, a grand ballroom, different sized meeting rooms and restaurants,” he said.
“I note that all of these facilities will be enjoyed by Bahamians and visitors. Further, the marina, with its iconic view of Nassau Harbour, will welcome visitors from around the world.
“The waterfront restaurant facility will feature Bahamian seafood. The parking garage for the area has 800 spaces, offering parking for daytime and evening events.”
“The Pointe is one of the major developments that will reside along the beautiful seascape of Nassau Harbour, which extends from Arawak Cay to near Paradise Island. Those cruising into Nassau will experience a beautiful waterfront and cityscape that collectively will sing: Welcome to paradise.”
Minnis said the opening is taking place as The Bahamas is “coming back” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The city of Nassau and the Nassau waterfront are coming back,” he said.
“The historic city of Nassau and downtown are being transformed before our very eyes.”
The Pointe has already created over 700 direct job opportunities during construction.
Three hundred and fifty Bahamians are employed at the development as of yesterday. Another 150 permanent jobs are expected “in the coming future”, according to a statement on the opening.
“Recognized as a catalyst of downtown revitalization, The Pointe has been significantly stimulating business activities in downtown Nassau and will boost the local tourism constantly,” the statement read.
Ning Yuan, president of China Construction America (CCA), said the opening marked the beginning of “an exciting new journey” of The Pointe.
He said CCA firmly believes in the prosperity of The Bahamas.
Ning said The Bahamas’ tourism product will be further promoted by the development and other projects being planned in the area.
“We have been building developments and investing in The Bahamas for more than 10 years,” he said.
“The Pointe demonstrates our commitment to The Bahamas. The development team looks forward to creating more permanent jobs for The Bahamas and continuing to stimulate new business activities in the country’s capital.
“I sincerely hope each one of you has been and will always enjoy the time here at The Pointe and we will always strive to provide our best service to our hotel guests and local community.”