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The Islands Of The Bahamas Bounce Back from Hurricane Frances; The Westin at Our Lucaya is Closed,
May Reopen in 45 Days


September 9, 2004 - Bahamas Ministry of Tourism officials report that overall tourism facilities in The Islands Of The Bahamas fared better than anticipated from the recent visit of Hurricane Frances.

With the exception of Grand Bahama Island, most islands in the 700 island nation sustained minimal property damage. 

The destination's leading tourist islands of Nassau/Paradise Island were fully operational within the week of the storm with major resorts open including Atlantis-Paradise Island, British Colonial Hilton, Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort and Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. After completing cosmetic repairs, Sandals Royal Bahamian will re-open on September 25 and SuperClubs Breezes will re-open on September 30.

Nassau International Airport is fully operational and cruise lines have returned to normal service into the Port of Nassau.

The Out Islands of Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, Exuma, Bimini, Andros and Abaco have reported minimal property damage with most tourism facilities returning to normal service and accepting reservations.

Grand Bahama Island was significantly affected by Hurricane Frances and Grand Bahama International Airport remains closed until power is restored. In Freeport, the Best Western Castaways Resort is fully operational. The Sheraton at Our Lucaya will re-open on October 1 and The Westin at Our Lucaya will re-open on November 1. Assessments are still pending for the Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino, Pelican Bay Hotel and Old Bahama Bay Resort.

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Also See: Our Lucaya, Formerly The Lucayan, Completing a $400 million Development on Grand Bahama Island / Sept 2000
Driftwood Hospitality Management Creates Dual Branded Resort on Grand Bahama Island; Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn SunSpree Share Facilities / June 2002

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