PM set to attend official opening of Pirates Cove

PARTNERS – Pirates Cove proprietor, David Wallace, left, said that the Ministry of Tourism, GB is partnering with the island’s latest attraction for its grand opening this weekend. Pictured at right is Betty Bethel, Executive Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Pirates Cove Zip Line and Water Park will host the official opening of the island’s newest attraction on Saturday, February 3 beginning at 12 noon.

During a press conference on Wednesday (January 24) at Pirates Cove, proprietor David Wallace said that the Zip Line would finally be opened, officially, after two years of construction and reconstruction due Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

“We have invited the prime minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, the deputy prime minister Peter Turnquest and the Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar and other senior government officials,” he said.

He noted that this will be an historic event, because Pirates Cove is the first theme park built on Grand Bahama.
“The investment (theme park) of some $1.4 million happened through pooling the resources of some 26 persons,” he said.

Wallace outlined the various activities and amenities provided at the park – kayaks, paddle boards, jet ski rides, banana boat experiences, snorkeling, parasailing, Segways, beach massages, three restaurants, a conch salad stand, two straw vendors booths, an ice cream booth, a photo lab, a bar, and now three zip line towers.

He noted that in addition to the 30-foot zip line that has been in operation for the last two months, the new 50-foot zip line is now opened and will be launched on the official opening day.

Wallace continued by providing information about the special opening ceremony planned for that Saturday.
At 1:00 p.m. there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

“At 1:30 we’re going to have the opening of the kiddie’s corner,” he said.

At 3:00 p.m. the Legends Marching Band will perform followed by a Bahamian concert, featuring the Deep South Island Boys, Wilfred Solomon and the Magnetics and others.

“At 7:00 p.m. we’re going to have the Platinum Knights Junkanoo group, ending with fireworks,” he said.
Wallace stated that admission is free that day, but persons will pay specialty fees for the different activities.
Partnering with Pirates Cove for the event on Saturday is the Ministry of Tourism and Betty Bethel Executive Director of the Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama congratulated Wallace and his all Bahamian group of owners on the park’s development and grand opening.

“The timing of the opening in February is perfect and it will allow the park to tweak and work out kinks in preparation for the arrival of the second Grand Celebration in April, and the return of the Vacation Express Sunwing Summer Program, which commences in May,” she said.

Those gateways are Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, Newark, and Pittsburg and this program will go through August.

She revealed that as recently as the day before, the island welcomed over 7,000 cruise passengers.
Bethel added that the MOT is pleased to assist with the Pirates Cove grand opening by generating exposure of the park to sellers of travel and the MOT offshore sales team.

“We have selected five travel agents from South Florida and they will attend the park opening, so that they can enjoy the amenities and they will be joined by four of our sales force representing different markets in the U.S.,” she disclosed.

She appealed to tourism stakeholders to go the extra mile to accommodate visitors, so that they would want to return to the island.

Cecil Thompson, who was also present at the press conference encouraged all teachers, school administrators and pastors to attend the grand opening.

He also revealed that there would be a beach competition for local primary, junior and high school students following the grand opening.

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