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Chinese ambassador meets Baha Mar executives

Tom Dunlap, President of Baha Mar (far left) and Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha Mar’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, speak with His Excellency Yuan Guisen, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Tom Dunlap, President of Baha Mar (far left) and Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha Mar’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, speak with His Excellency Yuan Guisen, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

THE Chinese ambassador to The Bahamas has met executives from Baha Mar, the $3.5bn resort due to open in December.

Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha Mar’s chairman and chief executive officer, president Tom Dunlap, and Robert Sands, the senior vice-president of administration and external affairs, met Ambassador Yuan Guisen and discussed airlift from mainland China, outreach to potential visitors, and raising awareness among travel agents and consumers of the ease of travel between the two countries.

The discussion followed the announcement last December of a Bahamian-China visa accord, which allows mutual 30-day access to Bahamian and Chinese passport holders without requiring a visa.

“Our ties with China will be key in helping to diversify the Bahamas’ global tourism base,” Mr Izmirlian said.

“We’re grateful for the Chinese government’s ongoing efforts to further develop relations between our countries.

“It’s particularly important to Baha Mar, which stands to benefit by providing a unique travel experience - an authentic Bahamian resort offering the full complement of luxury accommodations, golf, casino gaming, spa treatments and access to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.”

China’s citizens have become highly influential global travellers, buoyed by the country’s recent economic growth. In 2012, Chinese became the world’s top international tourism spenders, with 83 million people spending $102bn on worldwide travel.

Comments

Reader 10 years, 1 month ago

For all the detractors who said Baha Mar will fail... It will surpass Atlantis.

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newcitizen 10 years, 1 month ago

I hope they both do well. The better they both do, the better we all do.

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Alltoomuch 10 years, 1 month ago

Well won't that be just great. A bright future ahead for us!! About time!

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wearedone 10 years, 1 month ago

Good luck on that. It might do better than Atlantis at first but I doubt it will have the return visitors like Atlantis has. Atlantis has entertainment for both adults and kids, Baha Mar is missing that. Plus they will be lucky to open any part of it by Easter of next year.

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Reader 10 years, 1 month ago

I wonder how many of those return visitors are the $299 three night specials that never cross the bridge to spend money outside of PI. Baha Mar will attract a far more upschale visitor and no bridge.

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wearedone 10 years, 1 month ago

Just because it will be over the bridge do you think they will spend money outside the resort?

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newcitizen 10 years, 1 month ago

Pessimism seems to be a great attitude to have.

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