Atlantis Paradise Island is in the news for a couple of reasons as of late.
One being the inaugural International Women’s Empowerment Summit, which drew female professionals and entrepreneurs from around the globe (some as far as Ghana) to the resort this past October.
The conference, which was hosted by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in partnership with Startup Women and United Nations Women, was built around eight empowering panel discussions. A new initiative aimed at spotlighting small- to mid-sized female-owned enterprises in the UK, US and The Bahamas was also launched at the summit. The StartUp Women initiative for The Bahamas will pair six notable women with six aspiring Bahamian entrepreneurs.
Steps away from the Atlantis marina, casino and resort conference center, the first phase of a $20 million revamp of the Coral Towers, one of five unique hotels at Atlantis, is underway. Dubbed The Corals Atlantis, the hotel will serve as a social enclave for groups—whether this means a new adults-only pool accented by poolside cabanas, playful floating beds and the tunes of live DJ, or a see-and-be-seen refreshed hotel lobby. The first phase of The Corals revamp, which is also seeing an overhaul of its guest rooms, will round completion by spring 2017.
“From a group perspective, we are excited The Corals will reintroduce Atlantis to our group market segment,” says Marcy Miles, executive VP of sales and marketing. “We will now have a hotel that fits the needs of our groups just 100 feet away from our conference facilities.”
Atlantis offers groups much in the way of education on reefs and marine life. VP of group marketing and sales, John Washko, says the resort’s vibrant marine culture, particularly the work being done at the on-site Royal Towers Fish Hospital, is a facet of the experience that many groups don’t know about. “People bring us animals from all over the Caribbean. We help them heal and then release them back into their natural habitats.”