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A hotel in Freeport is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Freeport hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Freeport are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Freeport hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Freeport hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Freeport have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Freeport
An upscale full service hotel facility in Freeport that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Freeport hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Freeport
Full service Freeport hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Freeport
Boutique hotels of Freeport are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Freeport boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Freeport may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Freeport
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Freeport travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Freeport focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Freeport
Small to medium-sized Freeport hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Freeport traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Freeport hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Freeport
A bed and breakfast in Freeport is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Freeport bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Freeport B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Freeport
Freeport hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Freeport hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Freeport
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Freeport hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Freeport lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Freeport
Freeport timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Freeport often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Freeport on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Freeport
A Freeport motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Freeport for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Freeport motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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City of Freeport
Lucayan Harbor JonWorth.jpg
Nickname(s): The Industrial Capital
The Second City
City of Freeport is located in Bahamas
City of Freeport
City of Freeport
Coordinates:  / 26.52861; -78.69667  / 26.52861; -78.69667
Country The Bahamas Bahamas
Island Crest of Grand Bahama.gif Grand Bahama
District Freeport
Established 1955
Government
• Type District Council
• Chief Councillor Chervita Campbell
• Deputy Chief Councillor Lavar Smith
Area
• City 558 km (215 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2000)
• City 26,910
• Density 48/km (125/sq mi)
• Metro 55,500
Time zone Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 242
IATA airport code FPO
ICAO airport code MYGF
Website http://gbpa.com/home/
Flag of the Bahamas.svg

Freeport is a city, district and free trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama of the northwest Bahamas. In 1955, Wallace Groves, a Virginian financier with lumber interests in Grand Bahama, was granted 50,000 acres (20,234 ha) of pineyard with substantial areas of swamp and scrubland by the Bahamian government with a mandate to economically develop the area. Freeport has grown to become the second most populous city in the Bahamas.

The main airport serving the city is the Grand Bahama International Airport, which receives domestic flights from various islands of the Bahamas as well as several international flights from the United States and Canada. Freeport is also served by domestic Bahamian ferry services to other islands and by a regular international service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA operated by Baleària Bahamas Express.

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement signed in August 1955 whereby the Bahamian government agreed that businesses in the Freeport area would pay no taxes before 1980, later extended to 2054. The area of the land grants within which the Hawksbill Creek Agreement applies has been increased to 138,000 acres (55,847 ha)

Freeport, Bahamas: History

Freeport is a 230-square-mile (600 km) free trade zone on Grand Bahama Island, established in 1955 by the government of The Bahamas. The city of Freeport emerged from a land grant comprising 50,000 acres (200 km) of swamp and scrub to become a cosmopolitan centre. The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under special powers conferred by the government under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which was recently extended until August 3, 2054. The agreement also increased the land grants to 138,000 acres (560 km).

Freeport, Bahamas: Geography

Freeport is located just 80 miles (130 km) off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida, and on the major EW–NS shipping routes. This has positioned it as an ideal centre for international business. Consequently, a growing number of international companies use Freeport for a business site.

Freeport, Bahamas: National parks

Parks include the Rand Nature Centre, named after its founder James Rand; Petersons Cay, a small isle about 300 yards off the shore of Grand Bahama; and the Lucayan National Park founded by Peter Barratt, a former architect and town planner of Freeport. The Lucayan National Park is 40 acres (0.16 km) in extent and includes five ecological zones stretching from the south shore to the pineyard. There is an extensive underwater cave system beneath the park. One cave entrance is accessible by stairs at the national park. Other caves are accessible for certified scubas.

Freeport, Bahamas: Climate

Freeport features a tropical rainforest climate according to Köppen Climate Classification (Af), more specifically with mild winters and hot, humid summers. Seldom do temperatures drop below 60 °F (16 °C). Average temperatures range in the low to upper 80s, with water temperature varying between 72 to 78 °F (22 to 26 °C). The winters are usually mild (mid-60s to 70s) and dry (with the exception of some rainfall due to cold fronts), while the summers are usually hot and wet. Although a freeze has never been reported in the Bahamas, snow was reported to have mixed with rain in Freeport in January 1977, the same time that it snowed in the Miami area. The temperature was about 4.5 °C (40.1 °F) at the time.

Climate data for Freeport (1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 24.3
(75.8)
24.4
(75.9)
25.8
(78.4)
27.4
(81.3)
29.7
(85.4)
31.2
(88.2)
32.2
(90.0)
32.3
(90.2)
31.7
(89.0)
29.7
(85.4)
27.3
(81.2)
25.1
(77.2)
28.4
(83.2)
Average low °C (°F) 15.9
(60.7)
15.6
(60.0)
17.5
(63.5)
19.2
(66.6)
21.1
(69.9)
23.2
(73.8)
23.9
(75.1)
23.9
(75.1)
23.3
(74.0)
21.4
(70.5)
19.4
(66.9)
17
(62.6)
20.1
(68.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 83.1
(3.272)
72.6
(2.858)
93.5
(3.681)
66.8
(2.63)
104.7
(4.122)
176.0
(6.929)
165.4
(6.512)
207.8
(8.181)
217.4
(8.559)
142.8
(5.622)
93.0
(3.661)
73.7
(2.902)
1,496.8
(58.929)
Source: WMO

Freeport, Bahamas: Economy

Tourism, which topped over a million visitors a year, has considerably diminished since 2004, when two major hurricanes, Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne, and in 2016, Hurricane Matthew, hit the island. Several cruise ships stop weekly at the island. Much of the tourist industry is centered on the seaside suburb of Lucaya, owing its name to the pre-Columbian Lucayan inhabitants of the island evidence of whom has been found on the island. Freeport features at least two Junkanoo festivals near New Year's.

The city is often promoted as Freeport/Lucaya. Most hotels on the island are located along the southern shore facing the Northwest Providence Channel. Primary shopping venues for tourists include the International Bazaar near downtown Freeport and the Port Lucaya Market Place in Lucaya. Recovery from the 2004 hurricanes took nearly a decade.

Freeport, Bahamas: Notable natives and residents

  • Janine Antoni - conceptual artist
  • Robert Antoni - novelist, professor
  • Sebastian Bach - Canadian singer, frontman of the band Skid Row
  • Andre Deveaux - NHL player
  • Kevin Foxx - comedian/writer
  • Tynia Gaither - sprint Olympian
  • Jeffery Gibson - 400mH world champ medalist & Olympian
  • Shavez Hart - sprint Olympian
  • Jack Hayward - British businessman
  • Raymond Higgs - Olympian Jumper
  • Buddy Hield - NBA player
  • Jonquel Jones - WNBA player
  • Johnny Kemp- Singer/Songwriter
  • Justin Hill - British writer
  • Michael Mathieu - sprint Olympic medalist
  • Demetrius Pinder - sprint Olympic medalist
  • Vasek Pospisil - Canadian tennis player
  • Magnum Rolle - NBA Player
  • Alonzo Russell - sprint Olympian
  • Nivea Smith - Sprint athlete
  • Donald Thomas - high jump world champion and Olympian
  • Andrae Williams - sprint Olympic medalist
  • Latoy Williams - sprint athlete

Freeport, Bahamas: References

  1. Blount, Steve. "Freeport, Bahamas". USA Today. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  2. "Freeport Grand Bahama". Government of the Bahamas.
  3. "The History of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island". Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  4. "The National Parks of The Bahamas". Bnt.bs. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  5. ^ Walker, N. D., Roberts, H. H., Rouse, L. J. and Huh, O. K. (1981, November 5). Thermal History of Reef-Associated Environments During A Record Cold-Air Outbreak Event. Coral Reefs (1982) 1:83–87
  6. "Climatological Information". WMO. 2016. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

Freeport, Bahamas: Further reading

  • Barratt, Peter. Grand Bahama. IM Publishing, Freeport, 2002 (3rd edition) ISBN 0-9717351-0-7
  • The Grand Bahama Port Authority web site
  • Official Tourism Site of Grand Bahama Island
  • Official Site of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board
  • "Freeport ( 2009-11-01)," Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2008.
  • "Fast Facts," Grand Bahama Port Authority, http://www.gbpa.com/index.php/freeport, c.2008.
  • Official Bahamas Tour Center
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