Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SMG Wins Operational Management Contract for Bahia Urbana

SMG Latin America has won the management and operation contract of Bahia Urbana from the Government of Puerto Rico. Old San Juan's Bahia Urbana is a key project designed to impact and enhance the quality of life of Puerto Ricans forever.

“Puerto Rico is much more than a fantastic destination, ideal for tourists looking for pristine beaches and the Caribbean flavors,” said Wes Wesley President of SMG. “These islands are fertile territory to create and sustain modern and eco-friendly attraction sites for its residents. We are honored to strengthen and diversify our relationship with Puerto Rico.”

“The opportunity to bring new things to the Puerto Rican family and tourists who visit us every day is a privilege and our responsibility. We are bringing attractions targeted to revitalize and enhance the urban life for people in and around our beautiful San Juan Bay, surrounded by green spaces that will create new entertainment experiences for the enjoyment of all our visitors,” said Jochi Dávila, SMG Latin America Business Development Vice President, who worked sales and spearheaded the efforts to win the management contract.

“This project is the transformation of fully damaged and abandoned industrial areas into new clean spaces designed to create a unique experience: the perfect urban mix of beach, city and future,” explained Dávila, who added that Bahia Urbana is scheduled to open to the public at the end of the year.

Attractions includes cultural, sports and artistic events. Among the attractions scheduled to inaugurate Bahia Urbana is Café 8, an outdoor restaurant overlooking the Bay where visitors can enjoy light snacks and dishes such as salads, sandwiches, seafood as well as grilled options, all with the touch of the Puerto Rican flavor. Other innovative attractions are Urban Beach, a water park, a state of the art trapeze school, water taxis, sea planes, mooring for boats and yachts, a central urban market area, and an open air amphitheater.

“Bahia Urbana is a boost of life not only for San Juan but for all Puerto Rico, we are generating new jobs, promoting the economy, improving quality of life, providing different attractions and a new vision in one of the most privileged locations in the Caribbean,” said Linnette Isona, General Manager of Bahia Urbana. “Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our visitors by offering them a safe, clean park full of adventures.”

Bahia Urbana will open daily to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., including holidays. According to directors, some 200 annual events will be planned annually, most of which will be free for visitors.