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From Gay Nagle Myers at Travel Weekly:
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Tough to see such a highly regarded property go under - but probably just too much debt:
Guests paid up to $3,000 a night to stay at the Caribbean resort that offered Bvlgari bath products and an infinity pool with beds resembling those of 19th century opium dens.
The Travel Channel this year rated the resort, which opened less than two years ago, No. 2 on its list of the 21 hottest Caribbean escapes.
It probably won't be long before the bank eats this loss and sells to someone - banks usually don't run hotels well...
September 18, 2008 -- The Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board is again welcoming travelers to Providenciales with the opening of Providenciales International Airport for unrestricted commercial flights. Impacted by Hurricane Ike, Providenciales is buzzing again as people return to normal, everyday life and tourists enjoy the island.
MarketWatch is reporting the following:
An engineering survey has confirmed that no damage was sustained to the cruise ship pier, which can accommodate up to two ships at one time. Minimal damage occurred to the facility's retail and restaurant complex.
"We believe we can complete repairs to the cruise center within a 30-day period and bring cruise ships back to Grand Turk," said Giora Israel, Carnival's vice president of strategic planning and port development. "We will be able to provide many of the wonderful, beach, snorkeling and watersports experiences that Grand Turk is famous for, along with the oversized pool and food and shopping opportunities at the cruise center, including the extremely popular Margaritaville restaurant."
From Breaking Travel News, an interview with Tony Cowles:
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands - September 11, 2008 - The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) reports that it is largely 'business as usual' for the majority of its member properties and services catering to tourism in the island chain. Most properties in Providenciales, the main tourism center, suffered only minimal damage during the recent Hurricanes Hanna and Ike that passed by the islands. Greater damage was experienced in the outlying islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay.
Power has been restored throughout most of Providenciales, and airline service by major carriers - including American Airlines, US Airways and Delta Airlines - has resumed on regularly scheduled levels to Providenciales International Airport. Structural damage on Providenciales was minimal and no major beach erosion or environmental issues have been reported.