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Royal Caribbean International is moving ahead with the development of the first Royal Beach Club, set to open in 2025, after receiving approval from the government of The Bahamas.
The 17-acre destination experience coming to the western end of Paradise Island in Nassau will combine the island’s beaches with the cruise line’s experiences to create the ultimate beach day – "The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island."
The new project will feature a public-private partnership in which Bahamians can own up to 49 per cent equity in the beach club.
Local businesses and entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to manage the vast majority of the experience.
Overall, the new venture will generate "hundreds of jobs across its construction and long-term operation," says Royal Caribbean.
“The Bahamas has been a phenomenal partner since the very start, when they became our first port of call more than 50 years ago,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “As we continue to bring millions of visitors to experience attractions throughout Nassau each year, The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island is the next bold adventure in Royal Caribbean’s commitment to both increasing tourism in The Bahamas and delivering memorable vacations to our guests.”
Alongside private cabanas, stunning pools and more, the vibrant Bahamian spirit and culture will come to life throughout the experience, the cruise line says.
Vacationers will be welcomed by local architecture that complements the views of The Bahamas’ turquoise-blue waters and white sand beaches, along with experiences that feature Bahamian fare, island-style barbecues, live music and local artisans.
The beach club will be made up of 13 acres of land owned by the cruise line and four acres of Crown Land.
The Crown Land will be contributed as equity in the new venture to ensure a share of the profits return to the goverment and the people in a first-of-its-kind agreement in The Bahamas.
This, in addition to a new tourism levy, will go into reinvesting in the local community," says the cruise line.
The collaboration between the government, the community and Royal Caribbean will continue as the development moves through the stages of planning and completion.
More details about The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island will be revealed in the coming months, the cruise line says.
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