Monday 26 October, 2020

Multi-million dollar hotel developments still on the table - Bartlett

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that despite the slowing down of the tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 90 per cent of the planned investments to increase the island’s hotel room stock are still on the table.

The tourism minister said the Government still has its sights set on increasing hotel rooms locally to 25,000 by 2023.

"Investors have also continued to show confidence in the Jamaican market and are finishing projects (that were) started. I can report that 90 per cent of planned investments for the industry are still on target, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," Bartlett announced.

The highly anticipated 1,700-room hotel announced to be constructed in the parish of St James is among the developments he indicated that are still among the projects in the making.

"A 1,700-room hotel will be constructed in St James, 2,000 rooms are planned for Green Island in Hanover, and a tourism development programme for Kingston and Port Royal is also still on," stated Bartlett.

He was speaking during the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) 59th Annual General Meeting and Virtual Market on Friday, September 18.

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