Upgrades Ahead at Grand Lucayan

19 March 2013 1:01pm

The Grand Lucayan resort on Grand Bahama Island stepped out on its own last year, ending its affiliation with Radisson, launching an all-inclusive option for its guests and embarking on a series of upgrades and improvements.

"We introduced the all-inclusive plan on Oct. 1, 2012, and it has been very well received, with 40 percent of our guests now choosing it," said Mary Pinto, marketing manager. "We saw the trend toward all-inclusives, and we knew we had to offer this to our guests in order to remain competitive in the marketplace," she said.

The 542-room property, the largest on the island, continues to offer a European Plan (room only) rate. All guests can select from nine restaurants on the property, although there is a surcharge for all-inclusive guests who dine at Churchill's, the resort's fine dining restaurant. The resort opened a tennis school this winter, offering private and group lessons for all ages.

Grand Lucayan, which had a "solid" holiday season, is on track with strong leisure bookings thus far this winter, although they remain close in, around the 14-day mark, "which makes it more difficult to gauge how we will do in the long run," Pinto said.

Promotions this year will focus on the year-round all-inclusive rate of $146 per person, per night, "and we hope to offer an air incentive package through the Ministry of Tourism," according to Pinto. The meetings sector is helping to build business at the resort. Grand Lucayan has 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space.

Source: Travel Weekly

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