The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region are mourning the passing of hospitality giant Sol Kerzner.
Kerner, a native of South Africa, was the founder and CEO of Kerzner International, which first developed the iconic Atlantis Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas.
In a statement, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation said Kerzner “brought an original perspective to developing his hospitality brands, and the launch of The Atlantis brought new attention and a revitalization to The Bahamas, which contributed greatly to the phenomenal growth we have seen as our tourism industry has matured.”
The Atlantis megaresort, a brand that has expanded around the globe, is the largest private employer in The Bahamas, its debut two decades ago was instrumental in the growth of tourism to the country.
“Sol Kerzner was a giant in the hospitality industry and we shall not see his likeness again,” said Bahamas Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. “His vision for Atlantis reshaped our skyline here in Nassau and redefined The Bahamas vacation for many millions. He will be sorely missed.”