Over the past four months, investors have earmarked nearly $1
billion for improvements and developments in the Bahamas amid
optimism that the islands will continue to draw a growing number of
Much of the recent investments announced is for the $600 million
third phase of Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. But other
multimillion-dollar projects have also been announced including a
$240 million eco-sensitive resort on Crab Cay and a $35 million
expansion of Pittstown Point Landing on Crooked Island.
“We’re doing very well in pockets,” Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
director general for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said.
“Paradise Island is significantly above the average, and our luxury
properties around all our islands are reporting high
Atlantis officials say occupancy at the property has returned to
“Our proposed expansion positions us well as demand patterns in
the travel industry improve,” said Butch Kerzner, president of
Kerzner said construction of four restaurants and retail space
around the new Marina Village is to begin by the end of this year.
That development, along with three luxury Ocean Club villas, is
expected to be completed by the end of 2004.
Harborside’s addition of 120 two-bedroom timeshare suites begins
in 2004, with a target completion of 2005.
About $500 million of the investment will cover the new
1,200-room hotel at Atlantis Paradise Cove that will also add more
water-based attractions, convention and meeting space, and a new
golf course. Work will start in late 2004.
When the work is done, Kerzner International’s total investment
in the Bahamas will be $1.7 billion.
The increased development has also been spurred by government
incentives including an 11-year extension of casino tax
Meanwhile, a $140 million development is set for Winding Bay on
Abaco that will include 75 cottages, 55 homes, an 18-hole golf
course and a clubhouse. It will be the fourth in the Carnegie Clubs
Gold Rock Creek Enterprises also has allocated $70 million for a
130-room hotel on Grand Bahama, plus a film/television/movie studio
and a theme park.