By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
Nassau-based resorts yesterday reported a “very good Easter”, with one property telling Tribune Business it had seen a 7 percentage point increase in occupancies compared to last year’s holiday weekend.
Pablo Cogolludo, general manager of the all-inclusive Melia Nassau Beach Resort, said: “This year we have cemented further our philosophy of being an all-inclusive for everyone, as we continue welcoming the whole family and, at the same time, ensuring the comfort of all of our guests with our new designated spaces and renovations.
“These, along with our pricing strategies and sales actions, have resulted in a very good Easter for the all-inclusive Melia Nassau Beach, with a 7 per cent increase in occupancy versus last year.”
For the 2016 Easter holiday weekend, the Melia’s occupancy level was 77.31 per cent compared to this year’s 84.65 per cent.
Gary Williams, general manager at Sandals Royal Bahamian, another all-inclusive property on the Cable Beach strip, told Tribune Business: “Last Easter was better than this one, but I still think that we did very well. We were at 80 per cent occupancy during the Easter period.”
He added that Sandals Royal Bahamian will be running in the high 90 per cents to full occupancy range for the rest of the month.
Mr Williams said occupancy rates for May are expected to be in the 80 per cent range, with June, which he described as the “honeymoon” month. also expected to yield positive results.
“Going forward, the only softening I see is in September, October and November compared to last year, but still that it a good way’s off,” said Mr Williams.
Meanwhile, Ed Fields, Atlantis’ senior vice-president of public affairs and retail services, said: “I can say that we had a very strong Easter weekend.”