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Sandals Emerald Bay recruits 50 in winter season ramp-up

Sees group business as ‘growing’ market for Exuma resort
Guardian Business Reporter

Published: Oct 23, 2013

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In preparation for the winter season, the Sandals Emerald Bay resort has recruited more than 50 employees.

Jeremy Mutton, the resort’s general manager, told Guardian Business yesterday that it recently underwent a recruitment exercise that involved several islands including Andros, Long Island, Nassau and Exuma.

“We’re training them at the moment.  We have also been recruiting younger people in our six-week hospitality training program, which combines on-the-job training with their first step in the hospitality industry,” he said.

“Essentially, our recent recruitments are replacing those employees that we have lost within the last few months during the slow months.”

Last month, Sandals Emerald Bay fully engaged its Hospitality Training Programme (HTP).

While he admits to seeing a slight improvement in business with consistent occupancy numbers being recorded, Mutton said the resort still finds it challenging to operate in Exuma.

“We’re finding that you still have to be very competitive in terms of the rates that you offer. We do offer a very high-end product so that is why it continues to be very challenging for us. There hasn’t been a dramatic increase or decrease.  It’s been quite consistent year-on-year.  So the occupancies have been consistent,” according to Mutton.

One of the areas that Sandals Emerald Bay has experienced growth has been its group business.

“Come January, for example, we already have six quite large and significant groups that we’ll be expecting as well as in February.  Groups are a growing and important market as far as Sandals is concerned,” he told Guardian Business.

Today, the resort welcomes key stakeholders from the business community who will participate in the Exuma Business Outlook one-day symposium,.

Mutton also confirmed plans to attract more airlift into the island.

Beginning in December, both Air Canada and Delta have added weekly flights to its itinerary to service Exuma.

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