By KYLE WALKINE
Tribune Staff Reporter
ATLANTIS President and Managing Director George Markantonis said yesterday the mass power outage had some serious effects on the Paradise Island resort’s operation.
“We don’t know exactly what happened, but because of the power outage it also blew some of our backup systems so it took us longer than usual to get back to normal,” Mr Markantonis told The Big T yesterday. “Our teams took all night dealing with the situation. I wish that had happened in September when we’re running like 35 per cent (but) not now when we’re at 98 per cent.”
“What the outage does is cause people (to) come out of their rooms rooms and sit in the corridors. Opening your window is no good because it’s hot outside. We were fortunate we were not affected in the 1,200-room Royal Towers at all. We were, however, negatively affected in the Beach Tower, half of the Coral Tower and then half of The Cove, which was unfortunate.”
The Tribune understands that the One & Only Ocean Club’s backup generator ran out of diesel leaving restaurant and hotel guests in the dark.
Sources say restaurants were unable to print receipts for meals and had to offer them complimentary to guests. Hotel employees were also seen walking guests to their rooms with flashlights.