Royal Palm Resorts & Suites closes amid struggling tourism


A Bahamian hotel operator has closed one of his resort properties as the recession slashes occupancy rates across the vast archipelago.

Tiffany Anderson is a spokeswoman for the Xanadu Beach Resort & Marina on Grand Bahama Island. She said Sunday that hotelier Mario Donato shuttered his 50-room Royal Palm Resorts & Suites last week and guests with reservations have been moved to the Xanadu, also owned by Donato.

It was not immediately clear how many workers have lost their jobs. A small security staff has been left at the small resort.

The closure comes as tourism struggles in the region.

Earlier this year, the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma in the Bahamas and the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa in Turks and Caicos both closed down.