By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
Sandals Royal Bahamian’s general manager yesterday said full occupancy from late December into the New Year had come as a welcome surprise, with the resort projecting high occupancies from the end of January onwards.
“The Christmas period was as expected. We were full for the New Year’s,” said Gary Williams. “I didn’t know I was going to be full.
“From the 28th going through New Year’s Eve we ended up being full. It was last minute. I was showing 80 per cent and I end up being full. That’s always a welcome surprise.”
Mr Williams added: “The first part of January is a bit slow, but from the end of January onwards we have very good occupancies.”
He said that for the first two weeks of January the resort is seeing occupancies consistent with the slower prior.
“For the first two weeks of January we have traditional occupancies, where we’re running between 68-70 per cent, and the last week is when we pick up,” Mr Williams said.
The all-inclusive Cable Beach property re-opened in late October with nearly 500 staff members following a ‘fast-tracked’ multi-million dollar makeover that began in mid-August. The opening had been delayed by a few weeks due to damages caused by Hurricane Matthew.