Namby-Pambies: Oceanfront Bahama Resorts Laying Off Employees (Atlantis Lays of 800)

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    Bahamas Resort Lays Off 181 as Crisis Cuts Tourism

    Published: January 25, 2009

    Filed at 7:22 p.m. ET

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) --
    A big Bahamas resort says it has laid off nearly a fifth of its employees as the world economic crisis slashes tourism across the Caribbean.

    A statement from the Westin and Sheraton Grand Bahama Our Lucaya Resort says 181 employees, or about 18 percent of its beachfront workforce, have been let go.

    The statement Sunday said hotel bookings are sliding ''with no evidence of improvement,'' as the U.S. recession keeps hundreds of visitors at home.

    The resort is owned by White Plains, New York-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

    The nearby Atlantis resort has dismissed about 800 workers this season, while Baha Mar Resorts Ltd. laid off some 80 employees at two Bahamas locations.