The British Colonial Hotel on Bay Street is scheduled to reopen this week after extensive renovations have been carried out.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, the Hon. Chester Cooper spoke to reporters about the hotel’s reopening. He said, “the British Colonial is going to be a magnificent new addition to downtown Nassau. I have had the occasion of doing a preliminary tour several weeks ago and even then they weren’t completed but it was fantastic. The lobby areas, the Bullion Bar at the back that we used to know and Jay Mitchell used to do happy hour is coming back. I hope that it will be as exciting as before. The water feature in the back has been really fantastic, 18,000 square feet of meeting space and almost 300 rooms but most significantly more than 300 Bahamians employed.”

Cooper also spoke to the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts to enhance and sustain the tourism product. ”We’re working with several international carriers. We’re working in very exciting emerging markets from the Middle East to Latin America and South America. We are in constant dialogue with many existing and new carriers to expand service to The Bahamas. We’re working, importantly with the large major airlines that we have had as partners for many years, American and Delta and United, Jet Blue and others to cause there to be new routes and new seat capacity. We are at the moment working on a strategy in 2024 to convert more of our cruise arrivals to actual stopover arrivals and its important that we continue to improve the overall visit experience. We’re working to do just that. We’re advancing new niches. We’re launching new programs in sustainable tourism so that the world understands that its beyond sun, sand and sea but we have a rich heritage.”

The British Colonial Hotel has been closed since February 2022.   

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