A Hotel Chain Is Making 750 More Rooms Available In Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday September 16, 2016 – There will be another 750 more rooms available in properties operated by Sandals Resorts in Jamaica over the next five years.
The home-grown hotel chain has disclosed that the rooms will come in three properties: a top-of-the-line hotel in Kingston, the development of Dragon Bay in Port Antonio and the expansion of an existing property in Negril. It will be a $350 million investment for Sandals.
Minister Bartlett, who made the announcement along with Sandals Chief Executive Officer Adam Stewart yesterday, is particularly excited about the hotel for Kingston, saying the capital has to be repositioned as one of the leading city destinations in this part of the Caribbean.
While noting that “the competition is going to be strong because we already have great activities out of Cuba and Santo Domingo where city tourism is concerned,” Bartlett said: “Our music and heritage and the entertainment element that Kingston potentially offers will out rival every other destination in the Caribbean and we have to work it and get it right.”
Approval has already been given for development of the lifestyle Kingston city hotel which will not carry a Sandals brand but will be operated by the chain.
“That connectivity is going to be there and we’re very deliberate in what we’re trying to do. The essence of what we’re doing is to say that you can come here for business but we’d like you to stay here a few extra days as well, visit the Blue Mountain and get out for an excursion,” Stewart said.
Regarding the Port Antonio development, he said it would be getting the personal attention of Sandals Resorts Chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart who, he said, “has three architects and he has said this is the crown jewel in the chain.”
Supporting this development is a plan by government to lengthen the runway at Ian Fleming Airport.
“This is the missing link today for the opening of the east of the island. We know that the beauty is there but we need the employment, the training and development, the economic stimulus to take place there the way we know it can,” said the Sandals CEO.
Minister Bartlett and Stewart were both speaking at at the opening of the inaugural Island Routes’ Caribbean Partner Conference at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort on Wednesday.
Sandals’ additional rooms will assist in the Ministry of Tourism’s plan to increase room stock by 15,000 over the next five years. The island is aiming for a total of 40,000 rooms by 2021.
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16 September 2016
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