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The Grand Lucayan resort in Grand Bahama.

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Lucayan price tag set at $150m

MINISTER of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper said the government hopes to sell the Grand Lucayan resort for about $150m, the amount that has already been invested in the project.

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Cooper’s dismay at Lucayan cost

DEPUTY Prime Minister Chester Cooper is “disheartened” after learning specific details of the deal for the sale of the Grand Lucayan property in Grand Bahama.

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Push Grand Lucayan sale ‘across goal line’

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday urged the newly-elected government to make the Grand Lucayan’s sale “a high priority” and get it “across the goal line” as rapidly as possible.

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Union officials frustrated by Grand Lucayan sale delay

THE delayed sale of the Grand Lucayan hotel in Grand Bahama is being watched closely with frustration and optimism by local hotel union officials.

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Lucayan seeks $3m over water ‘damage’

The government-owned Grand Lucayan yesterday said it is seeking almost $3m in compensation from the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) for “the exorbitant loss and damage” caused by poor quality water.

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Grand Lucayan feels the ‘chill’ with no A/C

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday blamed the resort’s recent closure to overnight guests on an inferior water supply that “rotted our chillers” and left it without air conditioning.

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Hotel union to appeal Grand Lucayan ruling

THE Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association (BHMA) intends to appeal a ruling handed down in the Supreme Court on June 3 which dismissed wrongful/unfair dismissal claims by 37 current and former managers at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

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‘Win for common sense and sanity’

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday hailed a Supreme Court verdict dismissing wrongful/unfair dismissal claims by 36 current and former managers as “a victory for common sense and sanity”.

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Grand Lucayan’s sale ‘down to final papers’

A senior Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines executive yesterday voiced optimism that its Grand Lucayan acquisition will finally “close this summer”, adding that negotiations were “down to a handful of documents”.

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Grand Lucayan targeting 50-60 ‘fresh’ recruits

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman last night said the government-owned resort will not necessarily re-hire former staff among the 50-60 persons it is seeking to recruit for the re-opening.

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‘We’re getting best price possible for Grand Lucayan’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is satisfied his government is getting “the best price possible” for the Grand Lucayan hotel on Grand Bahama, adding negotiations are progressing well.

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COVID takes toll on Lucayan deal

OFFICIALS are still reviewing a proposed post-COVID deal by Royal Caribbean and the ITM Group for the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort, according to State Minister for Finance Kwasi Thompson who lamented that the terms are “not as favourable as before”.

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Grand Lucayan deal woe as February reopen eyed

The Grand Lucayan’s Board is mulling a February 2021 re-opening in a bid to prevent the resort from becoming a “wasting asset” amid the growing uncertainty surrounding its potential sale.

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Grand Lucayan deal merits under review

Consultants have been hired to review the Grand Lucayan deal’s merits amid growing doubts that it now delivers the promised benefits to the Bahamian people, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Govt hopes to turn Grand Lucayan over to Holistica Group by end of year

The government is hoping for full turnover of the Grand Lucayan Resort to the Holistica Group by the end of year, according to Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson, who describes the deal as “hugely important” to Grand Bahama’s recovery.

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Grand Lucayan sale needs 'double deal'

The Grand Lucayan's sale will not close until Royal Caribbean and its joint venture partner have sealed the deal for Freeport Harbour, a Cabinet minister disclosed to Tribune Business.

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Union fails to prevent Lucayan’s job losses

A major obstacle to the Grand Lucayan’s sale was this week eliminated by the Supreme Court’s denial of an injunction bidding to block the terminations of around 175 staff.

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Lucayan payroll has cost taxpayers $11m

The Government will have spent more than $11m on employee termination packages and support by the time it closes the Grand Lucayan’s sale, it was revealed yesterday.

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Grand Lucayan's buyer: 'We've secured liquidity'

The joint venture purchaser/developer of Freeport’s Grand Lucayan resort last night said it has “secured the required liquidity” for its planned $300m project and will shortly discuss “timelines” with the government. Robert Shamosh, Holistica Destin

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Officials target mid-Feb for Grand Lucayan sale

OFFICIALS are eyeing a mid-February deadline for the completion of the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort in Grand Bahama. According to Michael Scott, chairman of government’s special purpose vehicle that owns the resort, the agreement on the final tr

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'Data room' entry for 50% of Grand Lucayan buyers

Around 50 percent of potential Grand Lucayan buyers have gained access to the “data room” holding details on the property, the Minister of Tourism revealed yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar said he remains “hopeful” a buyer will found for the island’s las

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'Defending the 400,000' on $4.6m union excess

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday said he is defending “the interests of 400,000 Bahamas residents” over staff payout demands that exceed the resort’s offer by $4.6m.Michael Scott told Tribune Business that neither of the two unions representing

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Grand Lucayan payout demands 'extravagant'

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman was yesterday locked in meetings over the “extravagant” voluntary separation payments demanded by the two unions representing the resort’s staff.Michael Scott told Tribune Business he was negotiating with representatives

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Lucayan's 150 staff exits to cost $2-$3m

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday estimated it will cost the Government between $2-$3m to finance the voluntary departures of 150 workers seeking to leave the resort.Michael Scott, pictured, in a statement issued yesterday, confirmed that the Go

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Union: Govt will get Lucayan money back and more

THE union representing Grand Lucayan workers believes the government will recoup all financial expenses used to purchase the resort and more.

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Lawyer says resort's purchase unlawful

ATTORNEY Maurice Glinton, QC, believes the Minnis administration’s purchase of the Grand Lucayan resort is unlawful.In a recently written opinion piece, he described the purchase as evidence that the government’s “decision-making process (or lack the

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We’re ready to take a hit on sale price

THE government has given itself a little over a month to close bids for the sale of the Grand Lucayan, according to Hotel Corporation chairman Michael Scott.

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Govt purchases Grand Lucayan resort

THE Minnis administration has purchased the Grand Lucayan resort in Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced after a tour of the property on Wednesday.

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'Govt purchase of hotel will help union members'

THE Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Workers believes the decision by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to purchase the Grand Lucayan Resort in Grand Bahama is good news for the union and its hundreds of members. President Michelle Dors

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