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Exuma Beach Resort expects ‘gangbusters’ 2014

General manager ‘very hopeful’ that newly-renovated property will go to ‘next level’
Guardian Business Reporter

Published: Oct 28, 2013

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The Exuma Beach Resort is looking to have a “gangbusters” year in 2014, with an increase in bookings and a number of large-scale events planned.

Since opening its doors in January, the resort’s General Manager Sarah Swainson said despite a slow start, business has now reached the point where “everything is going pretty well”.

“We’re hoping to use this year as a jump-off point and just take it to the next level. It’s going to be a great year. There are already a lot of weeks booked and a lot of large events planned. We’ve got some weddings booked so it’s looking very hopeful,” she told Guardian Business.

Swainson said occupancy for the resort has been at 50 percent for the past couple of months, which has been “a serious rise” for them since the beginning of the year.

“We are anxiously awaiting our Christmas boost. However, we are also thoroughly enjoying the local or domestic tourism that we’re experiencing right now. Our rooms were very slow to take off. We’ve done a lot of domestic tourism promotions and have been encouraging Bahamians to visit Exuma,” according to Swainson.

“We are proud of how far we have come in that short space of time. In the beginning, the entire process was difficult. Now that I have experienced it, I realize that it’s not much different than anywhere else. Once you know the process, then you can navigate it.”

Currently, Exuma Beach Resort has 24 employees, a combination of full-time and part-time. “Throughout the year, we have been slowly adding. We started off with nine and we have carried them through this ‘slowish’ time of year. But we have not experienced that much of a slump, so we are grateful for that,” she said.

“Based on how food and beverage did last year, I am hoping that we can take it up a notch and be the restaurant that I know we can be. We will continue to provide live entertainment and a place where locals and tourists can congregate.”

Formerly the Coconut Cove Hotel, the Exuma Beach Resort, located outside of Georgetown, is a boutique hotel with nine rooms: one suite, four beachfront rooms and four “garden” rooms.

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