President of Baha Mar, the Planned Resort Metropolis in The Bahamas
|NASSAU, The Bahamas - Jan. 9, 2006 -- Don C. Robinson, a 34-year career
veteran of The Walt Disney Company, has been appointed president of Baha
Mar Resorts Ltd., effective February 1, 2006. The announcement was made
today by Sarkis Izmirlian, CEO, Baha Mar Resorts.
"As Baha Mar has evolved from its acquisition, finance and planning stages to a full-fledged hotel and resort operator and developer, we are carefully seeking the industry's leading individuals with proven experience to lead the company forward," said Izmirlian. "Don Robinson has a distinguished career and remarkably pertinent experience, and will play a major role in making Baha Mar a reality."
"This project is unlike any other that I have been involved in and one that I feel truly fortunate and excited to be a part of," said Robinson. "I eagerly anticipate joining Baha Mar's elite management team, and working with the project's two renowned industry partners - Starwood and Harrah's, which together with the project's unmatched amenities, signature design elements, and varied offerings, will make Baha Mar a 'destination resort metropolis' in the truest sense."
As president, Robinson will manage day-to-day responsibilities for Baha Mar, including leading Phase One development of the project; brand marketing; coordinating cross-property services; and leading the operations and renovations of Cable Beach Resorts, the three properties acquired by Baha Mar in 2005 located side-by-side along Nassau's famed beach and currently undergoing extensive renovations. Robinson will also be responsible for managing relationships between Baha Mar and its principal joint venture partners, Starwood and Harrah's; the Government of the Bahamas; and other strategic partners.
Prior to joining Baha Mar Resorts, Don Robinson served as Executive Vice President and Group Managing Director of Hong Kong Disneyland, where he held overall responsibility for the planning, design, development, and opening of the new Disneyland Hong Kong in 2005. Over the course of his career at Disney, Robinson played a key role in theme park operations, hotel operations, and food and beverage management. Robinson also led the opening of major Disney facilities in Florida, California, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland, most notably running operations for the entire Walt Disney World Resort, which included all 16 Walt Disney World resort hotels, four theme parks, the Walt Disney World Sports and Recreation facilities, and the Downtown Disney entertainment district.
About Baha Mar
Baha Mar -- a 1,000-acre, mixed-use, one-of-a-kind project -- represents a quantum leap forward in the continued success of The Bahamas, ushering in a new era for Nassau's Cable Beach area of New Providence Island. In 2005, the company announced an unprecedented joint venture with two of the world's best-known gaming and hospitality companies -- Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) -- to create Baha Mar, the Caribbean's largest single-phase destination resort.
Baha Mar is expected to establish a new blueprint for resort development, creating a unique resort metropolis in its setting, design, operation and services. Baha Mar will feature Caribbean-inspired design elements that fuse the area's Colonial, European and African influences with the region's lush natural landscapes and waterscapes.
Together, the resort will offer a total of 3,550 guest rooms, making it the largest in the Caribbean. Harrah's Entertainment, the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment, will operate a new 1,000-room Caesars Resort Hotel and 95,000-square foot casino.
Baha Mar will also feature the first and only collection of four Starwood brands at a single resort, consisting of a 300-room W at Baha Mar, including 100 condo units; a 300-room St. Regis at Baha Mar, including 100 condo units, a 700-room Westin at Baha Mar; and a 700-room Sheraton at Baha Mar all of which will be managed by Starwood. In addition to the hotels, Starwood's Bliss and Remede branded luxury spas are also planned at the W and St. Regis, respectively.
Baha Mar Resorts is also planning a free-standing luxury spa facility - the largest in the Caribbean; an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course; an eco-water park attraction; 175,000 square feet of meeting space; a 20-acre beach and pool experience with 3,000 feet of continuous beachfront; and a 50,000 square foot village with upscale retail, chef-branded restaurants, and entertainment venues. Construction will begin in 2007, with the opening set for 2010.
Baha Mar Resorts Ltd.
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