Thursday 3 December, 2020

3 RIU hotels in Ja to close due to low visitor arrival; 1,000 job cuts

RIU Montego Bay (Photo:

RIU Montego Bay (Photo:

Operations at three RIU Hotel properties in western Jamaica are expected to grind to a temporary halt come Thursday, March 19, as a result of downturns in business arising from the global spread of the novel coronavirus.

The three hotels to be affected are RIU Palace Jamaica, RIU Negril and RIU Montego Bay.

"The hotels are significantly impacted by dwindling arrivals out of the United States and Canadian markets.

“We are facing an unprecedented situation that requires us to take exceptional measures. Our business model, based on hotel ownership and direct management of our operations, allows us to have the agility to take the actions required by the current situation," said a release from RIU.

However, the RIU Ocho Rios, Palace Tropical Bay and RIU Reggae properties are to remain open.

About 1,000 workers are expected to be left without jobs during the period of closure at the three affected properties.

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