A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to officially open the Resorts World Bimini Bay Casino in Bimini, Friday, June 28, 2013. Standing from left: Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin; President of RAV Bahamas, Gerado Capo; Chairman of Resorts World and the Genting Group, K. T. Lim; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie; Minister of Labour the Hon. Shane Gibson; Mrs. Anne-Marie Davis; Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis; Mrs. Bernadette Christie; Minister of State for Investments the Hon. Khaalis Rolle; Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs the Hon. Damien Gomez, Chairman of the Gaming Board Andre Rollins, and Senator Julian Russell (BIS photo/Peter Ramsay)
BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Prime
Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said to increase overall occupancy and to transform Resorts World Bimini
Bay into a year round destination, a strategic transformation plan is
being implemented that addresses product placement.
The Prime Minister brought remarks at the opening
of the Resorts World Bimini Bay Casino in Bimini, Friday, June 28, 2013,
He noted that the strategy also includes procurement
of affordable transportation with express cruise ship ferry and airlift
offering special rates, island infrastructural improvement, resort activity
enhancement, the implementation of an effective marketing strategy,
human resource development and training to deliver a world class service.
“There are plans by the developer to market the
resort as a haven for boating, yachting and water sports and feature
tours of Alice and Bailey’s Towns, attractions, dining and entertainment
Prime Minister Christie said, “The resort will
also offer fishing, diving excursions, beach volleyball, tennis, snorkelling,
scuba, a wild dolphin adventure, kayaking, mangrove boat tours, paddle
boarding, sunset celebration cruises.”
He added that a signature spa, interactive children’s
centre, new cigar lounge, wine and cheese bar are to be included.
Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Philip Davis; Mrs.
Bernadette Christie; Mrs. Anne-Marie Davis; other Cabinet Ministers
and Members of Parliament; Deputy Leader of the Opposition the Hon.
Loretta Butler-Turner and senior Government Officials attended the opening.
Chairman of Resorts World and the Genting Group (a
leading international resort, gaming, cruise line, agriculture and energy
conglomerate based in Malaysia), K. T. Lim; President of RAV Bahamas
Ltd, Gerado Capo and their teams also attended the opening.
Prime Minister Christie explained that the project
is being realised through the combined investments of Mr. Capo, a leading
Florida builder and real estate developer, through his company RAV Bahamas
Ltd and the Genting/Resorts World Group.
Prime Minister Christie said, “During my Government’s
first term in office, through amicable negotiations, the original Heads
of Agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and RAV Bahamas Ltd,
were amended for environmental reasons and to reduce the density of
He said now Bimini Bay is a 750 acre oceanfront resort
community consisting of luxury homes and condos, comprising 480 residences
the majority of which are in the hotel pool, the largest yacht marina
complex in The Bahamas able to accommodate yachts up to 200 feet, restaurants,
magnificent pools, an open air shopping village and a tennis centre.
The Prime Minister said about a year ago, just after
his second term in office began, it was the Government’s great pleasure
to welcome and approve a joint venture between RAV Bahamas and Genting
(USA) Ltd., a subsidiary of Resorts World to undertake a joint venture
partnership known as BB Entertainment Ltd. in connection with the development
and operation of a modern, cutting edge casino and related facilities,
which is a reality in “bold and living colour”.
Bahamas Prime Minister Remarks at Opening of Resorts World Bimini Casino