Grand Lucayan casino operations to be outsourced

Grand Lucayan casino operations to be outsourced
Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Dionisio D'Aguilar.
Grand Lucayan resort | Freeport, Grand Bahama

An operator for the casino at the recently acquired Grand Lucayan resort in Grand Bahama is being sought, according to the country’s top tourism official.

During a recent tour of the property by the Cabinet, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said when it comes to operating the casino, the government will not go into the business of gaming.

“Casinos require scale and we have to give that more thought,” D’Aguilar said.

“We’re certainly not going to open it. So, obviously a future purchaser would have to contemplate how best to do that. It’s not an enormous facility, so they would have to contemplate whether they open a casino or not.

“They have a license but they would have to contemplate that business model when they get to it.”

The government announced last week that it put down at $10 million deposit to acquire the property from port owners Hutchinson Whampoa and said a committee will be established to get the property operational, although there has been no timeline on when the property will open.