"Baha Mar is truly a global development, and Greg has been an integral part of the team since the project was first conceived more than 10 years ago," said Sarkis D. Izmirlian, Baha Mar's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In his expanded role, he will oversee Baha Mar's Asia development interests, including travel and tourism partnerships; working with our gaming partner Global Gaming Asset Management on developing Baha Mar's Asian clientele; as well as with our other brand and strategic partners in Asia."
Tom Dunlap, Baha Mar's President, said: "This is a strategic move for us, and it's a natural part of Baha Mar's development as we build toward opening in December 2014. Greg's skills, passion, and experience, combined with his long tenure with the company, make him uniquely qualified for this new role."
Greg Djerejian, Baha Mar's Executive Vice President, added: "Chinese and Asian outbound tourism will be one of the defining industry trends of our time. We are extremely keen to establish Baha Mar as a 'China- and Asia-friendly' destination in close collaboration with our many hospitality, governmental and strategic partners active in the region."
As part of this initiative, and with its expanded presence in Hong Kong, Baha Mar will be locating its new offices in Jardine House located in the heart of Hong Kong's central business district.
Mr. Djerejian has long experience across a spectrum of diverse business matters and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover.
Baha Mar, scheduled to open in December 2014, is set on 3,000 feet of white-sand beach just 12 minutes from Nassau's newly expanded Lynden Pindling International Airport. The resort will feature an elite collection of hotel brands with gaming, entertainment, shopping and natural attractions that reflect an authentic Bahamian experience. The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, with 1,000 rooms, is the centerpiece of the resort, and includes a 100,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style casino – the largest in the Caribbean region. A 700-room Grand Hyatt, a 700-room Melia Hotel, a 300-room Mondrian, and the 200-room Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® complete the extraordinary accommodations at Baha Mar.
Amenities will include the 18-hole, 72-par championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Baha Mar; 200,000 square feet of combined state-of-the-art convention facilities including a 2,000-seat performing arts center and an art gallery featuring the largest curated collection of Bahamian art; more than 30 restaurants, nightclubs and bars; two spas, including the 30,000-square-foot destination ESPA at Baha Mar; designer retail boutiques, a beachfront sanctuary with native Bahamian flora and fauna,14 distinctive pool experiences and a private island.
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