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Developing the island of Mayaguana

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Developing the island of Mayaguana

Postby KarenS » Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:29 am

From a recent press rlelase in Travel Weekly:
OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND on a 7,300-foot runway and international airport terminal on the island of Mayaguana, a sleepy Bahamian outpost 350 miles southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas Out Islands, about 50 miles west of the Turks and Caicos. Mayaguana, the least developed and most isolated island within the Bahamas' family of islands, was uninhabited until 1812 when several groups of islanders from the Turks and Caicos rowed over to it. Its population today stands at 259 inhabitants. Accommodations include a 16-room inn and an even smaller guest house. That's all about to change. The first phase of the development project, which is a joint venture between Boston-based I-Group and the Bahamas government's Hotel Corp. of the Bahamas, will include a luxury boutique resort; restaurants; a spa, a yoga facility and a fitness center; a marina village; private villas; and four designated nature preserves. Perry Christie, Bahamas' prime minister, said that Mayaguana, which has been "long forgotten, neglected and forsaken, can now rise and take its place at the national table as a full partner." The new airport will have facilities for customs and immigration and will be able to handle 737s and 757s. Currently, Mayaguana is served by BahamasAir on three flights a week from Nassau and Freeport as well 15-minute air taxi flights to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Neither a timeline nor a dollar amount for the development has been released.
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