The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


GB Minister Darville: Update on Memories Resort, Grand Bahama‏
Jan 17, 2014 - 12:06:12 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Hon. Dr. Michael Darville,

Minister for Grand Bahama

Press Statement: Memories Resort, Grand Bahama

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Despite the negative report published in The Freeport News on January 16th, this is truly a good day for the island of Grand Bahama.

At 3:30 this afternoon, the first Sunwing flight would have arrived from Edmonton, Canada at the Grand Bahama International Airport. Although the Memories Resort Grand Bahama is not open as anticipated, you can be assured that these visitors are being accommodated in a superior facility at The Grand Lucayan Resort, at no additional cost. We are all excited about this new addition to the tourism product on Grand Bahama, and for the increase in stopover visitors, which is indeed a boost for our local economy.

I must say publically that the delay in the opening of Memories Grand Bahama Resort is very unfortunate, and is a direct result of the delayed shipping of some of the essential kitchen equipment because of adverse weather in the Northern United States.

Up to one week ago, during our tour of the new Memories Resort Grand Bahama property, the project manager for the renovations, Mr. Lionel Turnquest, who happens to be the brother of the MP for East Grand Bahama, Mr. Peter Turnquest, assured the government, and by extension The Ministry of Tourism and The Ministry for Grand Bahama, that the renovations were on schedule and the resort WOULD open on Jan 16th, 2014 as previously scheduled.

Furthermore, at that time, Mr. Lionel Turnquest personally assured me; the Director General of Tourism, Mr. David Johnson; and the senior policy advisor of the government, Sir Baltron Bethel, that the remaining work was minor and would not affect the opening date of the resort.

Upon completion of the tour of the facility and based on the update from Mr Lionel Turnquest, I made a public statement confirming the opening date of January 16th, 2014. Nevertheless, I was informed only yesterday, that some of the kitchen equipment and other supplies did not meet the shipping date.

It is truly unfortunate that the Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, Mr. Peter Turnquest, whose brother is the project manager for the renovations, is either fully aware or has easy access to the facts surrounding this unforeseen delay, yet would use this opportunity to create unnecessary alarm and confusion as it relates to our partners and the Sunwing Group.

It is important to point out to the general public that all of Sunwing’s flights to Grand Bahama are on schedule, with the first flight arriving in a few hours. I would like to point out once again that at no point was this delay anticipated and it was a direct result of an unforeseen act of nature. The government and our partners, the Sunwing and Hutchinson groups, are fully aware of these circumstances.

As I speak, representatives from my ministry and The Ministry of Tourism are on site and have reassured me that teams are working around the clock to complete all minor repairs for the handover of the property to the Sunwing Group.

The Hutchison Group of Companies and The Sunwing Group are working assiduously to resolve the few outstanding matters. It is anticipated that Sunwing Memories Resort Grand Bahama will be open within two weeks.


Sunwing Airlines makes inaugural Edmonton - Grand Bahama flight

Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2014 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Enter your Email Address


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Bahamas Information Services Updates
Latest Headlines
42 Bahamian Legends being recognized in celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of the Independence
PM Christie on Baha Mar: "this is no time for Mr. Izmirlian to buckle under the pressure"
Minister Dorsett Update on Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Spill
Rubis Report Reveals that Health and Safety of Marathon Residents are Not At Risk
Bahamas Government Signs $100 Million Contract for New Aircraft
PM Christie Officially Opens Bahamian-Led Cancer Treatment Center in Antigua
National Pride Day Celebrated in Rawson and Parliament Squares‏
42nd Bahamas Independence Beat Retreat Held‏
Griffin Challenges Parents To ‘Refocus’ Energies
Dame Marguerite and DPM Davis Join US Celebration of Independence
Bahamas Prime Minister / Outgoing CARICOM Chairman remarks at 36th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government
Completion and Opening of Baha Mar of Paramount Importance to The Bahamas, Says Attorney General
Bahamas Ministry of Finance Comments on Standard and Poor’s Rating Update
Bahamas Attorney General Statement on Baha Mar Court Proceedings
Bahamas Prime Minister: Baha Mar Opening a National Priority
Stakeholders review proposals for greater regulation of Fly Fishing
The Bahamas Welcomes Cuba / USA Ties
ZNS Northern Service Re-launches Power 104.5
More than $2,000 in cash & prizes go to Autism Spectrum Awareness Essay Contest winners
30th Anniversary celebrations of Canon Peter Scott attended by Bahamas Governor General‏
Exuma Straw Market Vendors Receive Government Grant Assistance
Urban Renewal Domestic Violence and Conflict Resolution Seminar Held
Know Your Status: HIV Testing Day‏ Held in Rawson Square
Minister Fitzgerald closing remarks at 19CCEM
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Cup Yields Prizes and Cheque to Governor General’s Youth Award Programme
Bahamas Prime Minister's statement on Baha Mar bankruptcy filing
Bahamas Applauded for Its Hosting of 19th CCEM
(Photos) 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM)
Bahamian Culture on Display at 19th CCEM
Mitchell responds to critics and updates the media on immigration matters
Bahamian Wins A Top Award in Photo Competition in China
Design for Change receives Top Good Practice Award at 19CCEM
Hon. Keith Bell 2015/2016 Bahamas Budget Communication
19CCEM Commonwealth Recognition Awards for Outstanding Young Delegates
St. John’s Alumnus Hope Strachan Cheers Graduating Class
Social Services Minister Introduces RISE at Town Meeting
Bahamas Immigration responds to Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
Education Critical to Tackling Challenges Faced by the Commonwealth
Bahamas responds to 2014 United States Human Rights Report
19CCEM Official Photograph