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Grand Lucayan Launches Educational Training Program for Students
New Apprenticeship Program aims to mentor local students in hospitality

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas – October 2014 – Grand Lucayan, an award-winning, classic Bahamian resort, is pleased to announce a philanthropic partnership with the co-educational Jack Hayward High School in Grand Bahama Island. The collaboration is expected to launch a newly introduced Apprenticeship Program this October in the Royal Palm Room at the Grand Lucayan Convention Center. A combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which the 60 apprentices will learn the practical and theoretical principles, Grand Lucayan's new educational program will allow the students to turn their passion for hospitality into real-world experience, from classroom practice to the workforce.

"The Grand Lucayan team is excited to welcome the eager students to the resort's family," said Freddie R. Smith, Human Resources Director. "With 520 employees, we pride ourselves in the education, experience and quality of every single member of our team, and part of our promise to the community is to grow by offering programs like this. We want the bright students to master the areas of discipline, service, appearance, and protocols in order to provide them with a full-circle training worthy of any full-time opportunity."

The resort invested in the future of Grand Lucayan by offering the 60 trainees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the brand's culture, learn core values, service standards, commitment to excellence and operational procedures throughout the course of the program, which will be divided into three eight-week sessions, with 20 students in each focusing on three to four students per shift for a personalized training. The mentors will play the most important role in the completion of the program as they will be the students' mentors, coaches, emotional support and source of encouragement throughout the multifaceted program.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Ensure that workforce development and on the job training programs meet the needs of the brand
  • Showcase the hospitality industry as an industry of high-growth potential.
  • Educate students on lodging operations while promoting and mapping out long-term career paths available to students
  • Encourage professionalism, confidence and positive work ethics
  • Integrate core skills such as reading, writing, technology, and math into the lodging curriculum

To be eligible for the rigorous Apprenticeship Program, students will commit to a minimum of 12.5 weekly job training hours (with rotation opportunities available on weekends, holidays, and evenings under several conditions), operational check in and out of every shift, and completion of various tasks and assigned responsibilities expected of any Grand Lucayan employee.

The last session of the Apprenticeship Program will culminate on April 2015, concluding with a celebration hosted on property.

Offering a classic Bahamian experience, Grand Lucayan is an ideal destination for travelers for its connectivity, affordability, and the range of soft adventure activities available on the island. For more information or to reserve your next meeting or event visit www.GrandLucayan.com or call (877) 661-7448.

About Grand Lucayan, Bahamas
Located on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas has 542 guestrooms and suites and is situated along an expansive 7.5-acre beach with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers some of the finest amenities in the Caribbean. Guests enjoy spacious accommodations,  a selection of restaurants, three swimming pools, four tennis courts – all offering Grand Slam surfaces, a 25,000 square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center, 18-hole championship golf course – The Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a Las Vegas-style casino. Like us on Facebook, facebook.com/grandlucayan or follow us on Twitter, @grandlucayan.

About Jack Hayward High School
Jack Hayward High School, named after Sir Jack Hayward, one of the original pioneers and developers of the city of Freeport, and major shareholder of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Group of Companies, is a co-educational Government Public Senior High School with a student body of 1,400.

GRAND THINGS COME IN THREES…FALL INTO GRAND LUCAYAN
Summer may be over, but sun and savings are still aplenty at Grand Lucayan Bahamas

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas – September XX, 2014 – Grand Lucayan, the four-star award-winning resort located just 55 miles off the Florida coast on Grand Bahama Island, is now offering reduced rates, resort credits, holiday events, perks and more for discerning travelers seeking to recapture the joys of summer all year long.

Fall Savings
Ideal for a variety of travelers ranging from honeymooners and empty nesters, to large families seeking a serene authentic Caribbean escape, Grand Lucayan is now offering discounted rates starting at only $99 with a $200* resort credit per room, using the Fall Special. To take advantage of this seasonal offer, guests must book a minimum of three nights between now and December 19, 2014.

Thanksgiving 2014: Turkey, white sandy beaches and a side of basketball
Giving guests more reasons to be thankful this holiday, Grand Lucayan is proud to host the 12th annual Junkanoo Jam, from November 27 – 29, 2014: An NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, giving college teams a chance for excellent early season competition on the beaches of the Bahamas. To celebrate this major event, Grand Lucayan is offering a package where guests and fans can enjoy tournament passes with shuttle service, a robust Thanksgiving banquet, destination excursions, complimentary golf and more. Accommodations for this four-night offer start at $224 per person, per night.

"Show Your Boarding Pass"
Best of all, in celebration of new nonstop flights from Bahamas Air and Delta Airlines, guests who present their boarding passes from the new markets upon check in receive "anytime happy hour**" which includes complimentary Bahama Mamas at the resort's Iries restaurant. New markets from Bahamas Air include Baltimore, Cincinnati, Nashville, Newark, Pittsburgh and Raleigh during October; and Atlanta from Delta Airlines in November.

With modern Caribbean-style guestrooms & suites and renovated Bahamian menus, Grand Lucayan offers private beach cabanas for spa treatments or lounging, an array of fitness classes every day of the week, traditional Bahamian Fish Fry right on property, an amazing Sunday Brunch with complimentary Champagne, an onsite Vegas-style casino, and three pools to relax and enjoy the sun, Grand Lucayan is perfect for that much-needed fall getaway.

Offering a classic Bahamian experience, Grand Lucayan is an ideal destination for couples, families and groups for its connectivity, affordability, and the range of soft adventure activities available on the island. For more information on any of these offers or to make reservations visit www.GrandLucayan.com or call (877) 434-2996.

About Grand Lucayan, Bahamas
Located on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas has 542 guestrooms and suites and is situated along an expansive 7.5-acre beach with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers some of the finest amenities in the Caribbean. Guests enjoy spacious accommodations,  a selection of restaurants, three swimming pools, four tennis courts – all offering Grand Slam surfaces, a 25,000 square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center, 18-hole championship golf course – The Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a Las Vegas-style casino. Like us on Facebook, facebook.com/grandlucayan or follow us on Twitter, @grandlucayan.

*Fall Special is for a minimum of 3 nights. Resort credit is valid for Spa, Golf, Tennis and dining. Credit has no cash value and expires at check-out. Fall offer is valid for bookings and travel through December 19, 2014. Please use rate code RTFAL to book. Other restrictions may apply.

**Anytime Happy Hour is valid on all Bahamas Air flights from Baltimore, Cincinnati, Nashville, Newark, Pittsburgh and Raleigh in October; and on Delta Non-Stop from Atlanta from NOV 1 – Dec 20, 2015 to Grand Bahama Island (FPO). Must present Bahamas Air or Delta boarding pass at time of check-in to redeem beverage voucher. One drink per boarding pass, redeemable at Iries Restaurant.

Grand Lucayan Announces New National Sales Manager

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas – August 22, 2014 – Grand Lucayan, an award-winning, classic Bahamian resort, proudly announces the addition of Patricia Z. Bradley as National Sales Manager for the Grand Bahama Island property.

In her new role, Bradley will work closely with Grand Lucayan's Director of Sales, Mary DiPasquale, from headquarters in South Florida to develop effective strategies with a focus on the U.S. market. Bradley will manage sales initiatives for both group and leisure business from key markets throughout the country and act as a liaison between the property and valued travel agents.

"Patti's unmatched experience, in-depth understanding of the Caribbean market and expertise working within the travel industry makes her the ideal individual to propel Grand Lucayan to new heights and generate impactful sales," said Tom Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer for Grand Lucayan, Bahamas. "An essential component in the property's success is the knowledgeable team of experts who bring unique perspectives to the table. Patti's strong database of contacts, results-driven approach to sales and stellar reputation is a welcome addition to the Grand Lucayan family."

With more than three decades of experience in the travel and tourism industry, Bradley brings extensive sales experience, the ability to establish synergy via key relationships and a proven track record in increasing return on investment and revenue to her new position. Most recently, Bradley served as National Sales Manager for Curacao's Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort where she played a critical role in positioning the resort through a re-branding while simultaneously surpassing sales goals. Prior to that, Bradley held the tiled of Regional Sales Manager for RockResorts, where she worked directly with the sales team to increase revenue for properties in the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

Since launching her illustrious career as Director of Sales for Regent International Hotels, Bradley has also held the titles of Director of Sales & Marketing for the Regent Bal Harbour, Director of Sales for Allied Hospitality Marketing, Director of Travel Industry Sales for Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida and Regional Director of Sales for L'Ermitage Hotels.

Offering a classic Bahamian experience, Grand Lucayan is an ideal destination for travelers for its connectivity, affordability, and the range of soft adventure activities available on the island. For more information or to reserve your next meeting or event visit www.GrandLucayan.com or call (877) 661-7448.

About Grand Lucayan, Bahamas

Located on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas has 542 guestrooms and suites and is situated along an expansive 7.5-acre beach with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers some of the finest amenities in the Caribbean. Guests enjoy spacious accommodations,  a selection of restaurants, three swimming pools, four tennis courts – all offering Grand Slam surfaces, a 25,000 square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center, 18-hole championship golf course – The Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a Las Vegas-style casino. Like us on Facebook, facebook.com/grandlucayan or follow us on Twitter, @grandlucayan.

GRAND LUCAYAN INVITES GUESTS TO ENJOY A WORLD OF EXPERIENCES DURING THIS SUMMER'S LARGEST SOCCER TOURNAMENT Grand Bahama's largest and most luxurious resort is ready for summer

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas - July 1, 2014 - Grand Lucayan, the award-winning resort located just 55 miles off the Florida coast in the Bahamas, is offering a fantastic summer line-up for guests looking for a classic Bahamian experience on white sand secluded beaches and peaceful environments while still enjoying the world's most important soccer tournament.

To celebrate, Grand Lucayan is making sure that both adults and children are excited for the big event and do not miss a single match. Kids have the opportunity to get in the spirit by enjoying numerous soccer-themed activities including beach soccer as well as other competitive games such as a game of chess on the resort's oversized chess board. Sports enthusiasts and aficionados can cheer their favorite teams on-property at viewing parties hosted at Hammerheads Bar, Iries and Havana Cay Cigar Bar. Truly something for everyone, Grand Lucayan offers a variety of engaging activities such as beach Olympics, scavenger hunts, and pool diversions, ensuring guests of all ages can achieve an unforgettable experience.

While the kids are staying active, the adults can also indulge in the festivities by enjoying a special Brazilian drink menu, served all over the property exclusively during the Tournament, that features the traditional Caipirinha, Caipiroska - made with Vodka instead of Cachaca - as well as the Batida de Coco. At the end of the day, the family can get back together and enjoy the resort's new Saturday bonfires on the beach with live entertainment.

Bringing the excitement from Brazil to the Bahamas, Grand Lucayan makes it easy for guests to enjoy the lively tournament experience while being surrounded by the pristine beauty of Grand Bahama Island. This year, bookings made by Aug. 15 for travel dates until Sept. 1, 2014 can take advantage of the $125 per night rate where kids 12 and under stay and eat for free – per paying adult; guests can also enjoy additional savings including a $250 resort credit, good towards dining, spa, golf and tennis, 24-hour room service, a full service Business Center and high-speed internet access across the property and in all guest rooms. For a more luxurious experience, beach cabanas are now available for $75 a day, including three beers, three waters, three sodas as well as bar service to order additional items. The cabanas feature a ceiling fan, flat screen TV for the games, mini fridge, changing room, loungers and towels.

"Whether travelers are looking for complete relaxation or adventure, our island offers a little bit of everything. Through the tours and excursion partnerships as well as extensive offering on property, guests have the ability to have the best Caribbean experiences both within the resort and around Grand Bahama," said Grand Lucayan General Manager Benjamin Davis.

Foodies will also delight in the resort's brand new menus created by Italian Michelin Star chef Gianfranco Chiarini. New gourmet experiences can be found at several of the resorts' restaurants including the elegant Mediterranean option, Churchill's; the recently renovated Caribbean seafood eatery, Iries; the delectable Asian fusion and oceanfront China Beach; and the Caribbean buffet-style Willy Broadleaf.

Active guests can also enjoy the many amenities found at Grand Lucayan such as the fully-equipped fitness center, Senses Spa, three swimming pools, and tennis courts featuring the four Grand Slam surfaces. To truly enjoy the beauty of a Bahamian crystal clear water, guests can take part in a variety of non-motorized watersport activities offered by a local operator located near the resort, right on the beach. Additionally, a tour desk on property presents a wide array of island excursions offered by tour operators from Grand Bahama, including an authentic cultural immersion where visitors dine with a local family.

Another attractive options include a thrilling swim with dolphins experience at UNEXSO, conveniently located a few steps across the resort, or trek through mangroves to discover the powdery white sands of Gold Rock Beach, hidden in the calm shores of Lucayan National Park, where the movies Pirates of the Caribbean II and III  were filmed.

Offering a classic Bahamian experience, Grand Lucayan is an ideal destination for couples, families and groups for its connectivity, affordability, and the range of soft adventure activities available on the island. For more information or to make reservations visit www.GrandLucayan.com or call (877) 434-2996.

About Grand Lucayan, Bahamas

Located on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas has 542 guestrooms and suites and is situated along an expansive 7.5-acre beach with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers some of the finest amenities in the Caribbean. Guests enjoy spacious accommodations,  a selection of restaurants, three swimming pools, four tennis courts – all offering Grand Slam surfaces, a 25,000 square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center, 18-hole championship golf course – The Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a Las Vegas-style casino. Like us on Facebook, facebook.com/grandlucayan or follow us on Twitter, @grandlucayan.

Grand Bahama States its Case: 16 Islands Wedding Invitation Affords One Lucky Couple a Free Destination Wedding at Grand Lucayan

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas - March. 17, 2014 - Future brides and grooms can turn their destination wedding dreams into a reality at Grand Lucayan, Bahamas as part of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism's 16 Islands Wedding Invitation. Couples are encouraged to choose their top three Bahamian islands as the location for their special day, and on Jan. 16, 2015 16 lucky winners will be presented with a complimentary wedding package at their ideal locale. While a free destination wedding on any of the Bahamian islands is a sweet deal, Grand Lucayan and Grand Bahama Island go the extra mile, affording brides and grooms a stress-free, authentic Bahamian wedding.

In addition to Grand Lucayan's proximity to the United States, just 55 miles off the Florida coast, here are just some of the reasons why Grand Lucayan makes for the ultimate destination wedding location and should be marked first on any couple's wish list:

  • Stress-free planning – Grand Lucayan is equipped with certified wedding planners making the planning process a piece of cake from start to finish
  • Breathtaking ceremony settings – Whether couples are seeking an intimate ceremony on the sand or something more formal, Grand Lucayan offers the setting and services to suit all wedding-day visions
  • Gourmet catering menus – Guests will be delighted with an array of Bahamian-inspired dishes, such as Cajun Shrimp Quiche, Conch Fritters, and Beer-Battered Scallops
  • Off the beaten path adventure – Guests also enjoy access to a bevy of island activities, including snorkeling, kayaking and swimming with dolphins
  • Relaxation galore – Brides and their wedding parties can indulge in the resort's expansive Senses Spa and treat themselves to a soothing beachside massage, rejuvenating facial or body treatment
The winner of the Grand Bahama Island destination wedding will enjoy an exclusive wedding package at Grand Lucayan including:
  • Ceremony site with seating and signing table with chairs Marriage officer
  • Grand Lucayan's Signature Bridal Bouquet and Groom's Boutonniere Wedding cake
  • Photographer for one hour with 24 4x6 prints
  • Four nights in an Ocean Front Lanai Suite with Champagne and strawberries at turn-down
  • Private breakfast on beachfront Patio the morning after the ceremony
  • Private romantic dinner for two at location of choice
  • Dinner for four at Churchill's or China Beach on eve of ceremony
  • Couple's massage at the Senses Spa
  • Four nights' accommodation for two in an Ocean View Room for the witnesses
  • Breakfast daily for two at Willy Broadleaf's for the witnesses
  • Couple's massage at the Senses Spa for the witnesses

To enter to win a Grand Bahama Island Wedding visit www.grandlucayan.com/wedding/16-islands-wedding-contest. For reservations or more information visit www.grandlucayan.com or call (877) 434-2996.

About Grand Lucayan, Bahamas

Located on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas has 542 guestrooms and suites and is situated along an expansive 7.5-acre beach with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers some of the finest amenities in the Caribbean.

Guests enjoy spacious accommodations, a selection of restaurants, three swimming pools, four tennis courts – all offering Grand Slam surfaces, a 25,000 square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center, 18-hole championship golf course – The Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a Las Vegas-style casino. Like us on Facebook, facebook.com/grandlucayan or follow us on Twitter, @grandlucayan.

Ward-Off Winter Blues and Warm-Up Island-Style: Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Launches Spring Fever Package With Rates Starting at $125 Through June 15

Early Bird Incentive: Book by March 3 for $250 Air Credit

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas - Feb. 27, 2014 - Grand Lucayan, Bahamas invites guests to ward- off the winter blues with its value-packed Spring Fever Package. Situated just 55 miles off the coast of Florida on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan is an affordable island escape known for its classic Bahamian ambiance.

Starting at $125 per night, Grand Lucayan's Spring Fever Package has a little something for everyone. Available for booking through April 15 for travel March 1 through June 15, 2014, it includes free meals for children ages 12 and under with a paying adult, 20% off spa services at the resort's Senses Spa, 15% off golf fees, and late check-out. As an added bonus, those who book a flight and room package by March 3 for a minimum of three nights will receive a $250 air credit.

For more information or to reserve the Spring Fever Package, visit www.grandlucayan.com/hotel-deals or call (877) 434-2996.

About Grand Lucayan, Bahamas

Located on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas has 542 guestrooms and suites and is situated along an expansive 7.5-acre beach with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers some of the finest amenities in the Caribbean.

Guests enjoy spacious accommodations, a selection of restaurants, three swimming pools, four tennis courts – all offering Grand Slam surfaces, a 25,000 square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center, 18-hole championship golf course – The Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a Las Vegas-style casino. Like us on Facebook, facebook.com/grandlucayan or follow us on Twitter, @grandlucayan.

March 4, 2011 - Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Launches New Website

GRAND LUCAYAN, BAHAMAS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE OFFERING HOTEL PLUS AIR BOOKING OPTIONS FOR THE 1ST TIME 50% off 3rd night on bookings made by March 31, 2011 for travel through December 22, 2011 CORAL SPRINGS, FL – (March 4, 2011) – Grand Lucayan has launched an all-new website at www.grandlucayan.com offering a streamlined navigation, vibrant new photography and an enhanced booking engine providing travelers...

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