Family-Fun And Fireworks Mark The Official Opening Celebration Of Key West Luxury Village At Beaches Turks & Caicos - CW15 - OMAHA

Family-Fun And Fireworks Mark The Official Opening Celebration Of Key West Luxury Village At Beaches Turks & Caicos

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~Six-Star Diamond Awards and Dignitaries from Caribbean Region Highlight Official Grand Opening

MIAMI, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa marked its official grand opening with a celebration Sunday night, May 18, 2014.  The new village is the first major expansion since the grand opening of the resort's Italian Village in 2009.

Raising his hand in celebration, Mr. Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, is joined by dignitaries and honored guests to cut the ribbon officially marking the grand opening of the Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos. (Photo courtesy of Alex Tamargo / Getty Images. All rights reserved.)

"We are thrilled to celebrate yet another addition to this marvelous destination," said Mr. Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International, parent company of Beaches Resorts.  Speaking to government dignitaries, travel industry superstars and worldwide media, he added, "Beaches Turks & Caicos has earned a reputation as a leading destination for family fun in the Caribbean, and this investment helps us meet the eager demand of our guests wanting to visit the beautiful Grace Bay Beach." CEO Adam Stewart echoed his sentiments and added, "We strive to provide our guests with more than expected. This new pinnacle represents the next evolution of our Luxury Included® brand and we could not be prouder."

The proceedings began with a performance of the National Anthem by a local school choir.  The evening continued with the presentation of two Six Star Black Diamond Awards for overall excellence in hospitality for the new Key West Luxury Village and Italian Village; and a Six Star Green Diamond Award for forward thinking in environmental practices.

Speeches were given by government officials and dignitaries from Turks & Caicos Islands and throughout the Caribbean.  Formal addresses included Dr. The Hon. Rufus Washington Ewing, Premier and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Turks & Caicos Islands; Her Excellency The Governor, Mrs. Anya Williams, Acting Deputy Governor of Turks & Caicos Islands; and The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Additionally, Sabrina Stewart, the Chairman's daughter, made an indelible mark on the night with a performance of John Legend's song, "All of Me."  Following the official blessing of the resort, a ribbon cutting marked the official grand opening.  The evening was capped with the Sesame Street® Carnival Celebration and an after-party based on Key West's Mallory Square.  The celebration included Jimmy Buffett cover band, "The Landsharks," acrobats, firedancers, mermaids and a firework display. For photos, visit here.

The Key West Luxury Village is thoughtfully designed with more than 150 suites and villas, three gourmet restaurants, private pools and more, to elevate the award-winning Beaches Resort in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

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