September 08, 2017
Preparations for Hurricane Irma's expected arrival in the Bahamas on Friday included the evacuation of guests at the Baha Mar resort in Nassau.

The Grand Hyatt, the only hotel operating at the new resort, closed at 5 p.m. Thursday and plans to reopen as soon as it is safe for guests and staff to return, said Carla Santiago, senior manager, field public relations for Hyatt's Latin America & Caribbean regional office.

Guests departed Baha Mar before Nassau's Lynden Pindling Airport was slated to close Thursday night.

The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort had no evacuation plans.

"With over 20 years of operating in the tropics, Atlantis is fully prepared to provide shelter and necessary provisions in instances where weather conditions take a serious turn," said Howard Karawan, Atlantis' president and managing director.

He cited the example of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, during which "over 2,500 people were kept safe in our shelter with all provisions and, in the spirit of the Bahamas, even local entertainment."

Karawan said that the hotel is closely monitoring the track of Irma. "We can ensure that no matter the outcome there will be the best possible care provided for those on island as a result of Atlantis' official Hurricane Preparedness Plan."

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