Friday 29 May, 2020

Mona Visitors Lodge to be upgraded and renamed

Mona Visitor’s Lodge and Conference Centre, located on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has been closed pending a refurbishing and restructuring exercise.

Donovan Stanberry, Registrar at the Mona Campus, said the plan is to reposition the entity to become a contender within the tourism landscape in Kingston.

The facility will resume operations under a new name, at a time to be announced, according to Stanberry. 

“We have suspended operations of the Mona Visitor's Lodge to allow for a restructuring of the operations. A new company is being formed and the place will be rebranded under a new name and refurbished to stake our claim on the Kingston tourism market, to provide a higher level of service, enhancing efficiency and profitability,” he told Loop News on Tuesday.

The investment cost was not shared, with the campus registrar noting that this would be disclosed at the official relaunch.

Stanberry said workers have been paid up under the old operations, and arrangements have been made for guests who had made bookings.

He outlined: “We are discharging our responsibilities to the former workers/staff of the former Visitors Lodge. Interim arrangements are in place to honour bookings which could not be rescheduled.”

He noted that clients continued to be engaged about the restructuring.

Located on the Mona campus of the UWI, the facility offered an outdoor pool and tennis courts, Free Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfast to guests.

Rooms were air-conditioned and also equipped with a fan, an electric hob and a private bathroom with a toilet and a shower or bath.

The lodge operated a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a snack bar, alongside restaurants and conference space.

It is described as a 15-minute drive from Kingston’s town centre with the Norman Manley International Airport 25-minutes away.

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