A luxury five-star resort with state of the art amenities which is scheduled to come on stream in Grenada has pledged to increase the room stock on the island.
Kimpton Kawana Bay Hotel, which was officially launched last week Tuesday, will replace and occupy the area of the Flamboyant Hotel at Morne Rouge, St. George’s that went out of business last year.
True Blue Development Limited is developing the US $58M project.
Head of the Grenada Consulate office in Miami, Ambassador Warren Newfield who was instrumental in securing the investment was specially invited to unveil the project at its launch.
Ambassador Newfield said he believes that the hotel, when completed with 146 rooms and suites, will increase Grenada’s room stock, and will help to increase airlift into the country, which he said is critical to the success of any tourism sector.
According to the diplomat, the project has been carefully positioned for long-term success as an operating hotel in the country.
He indicated that only two of the existing buildings will be kept, while the others will be torn down and rebuilt.
Demolition work and refurbishment on the building at the top of the driveway will start at the end of January, while massive construction is expected to commence within the next six months.
The resort will comprise one hundred and one luxury studios, 45 suites, and 11 penthouse apartments.
There will also be a state of the art spa facility and gym, beach bar lounge, and a very high-end restaurant.
Ambassador Newfield expressed confidence that the hotel will yield benefits to all sectors of the Grenadian economy.
He said during the construction phase two hundred workers will gain employment, and upon opening its doors, job will be available for in excess of 150 persons.
He added that this will more than replace all the jobs that were lost due to the closure of Flamboyant Hotel last July.
Assurance has been given that the hotel will open once the first three phases are complete with one hundred and one rooms and 18 suites.
Local farmers will have an opportunity to benefit from the advent of Kimpton Kawana Bay Hotel.
Ambassador Newfield said strong preference will be given to domestically produced agricultural crops provided that they are available in adequate quantities and quality.
Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen who was elated over the project said foreign investors continue to show interest in the country and this proves that Grenada is both safe and secure.
Dr. Modeste is confident that the advent of Kimpton will further boost the country’s image, with more people worldwide becoming aware of the destination through the various marketing tools, which will be utilised by the hotel chain to advertise and promote the island.
The Tourism Minister announced that the United Nations General Assembly has designated 2017 as the “International Year Of Sustainable Tourism For Development.”
She said Grenada and other members of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) have been encouraged to preserve the natural assets, which are the competitive advantage through environmental and social practices.
She said it is anticipated that during this year Grenada’s tourism industry will perform at a high level on the international market.
Last year, the island registered a 34 percent growth in the cruise ship industry, and three percent in stay-over passengers.
The Kimpton Kawana Bay Hotel in Grenada is born out of the Citizenship By Investment (CBI) Programme.
Minister responsible for the CBI, Alexandra Otway-Noel who also addressed the launch of the hotel project spoke of the programme being a compelling factor in having the Kimpton brand being brought to Grenada.
Otway-Noel identified the hospitality workforce as the main contributor to Grenada becoming known as one of the friendliest islands in the Caribbean, and has assisted many hotels to gain coveted awards for the high standard of service they provide.
She indicated that although the south of the island is regarded as the hotel belt, it is still too small to accommodate the demand that has been created, and the potential growth that is anticipated in the future for more quality rooms.
Long-standing Hotelier, Sir Royston Hopkin who was among the guests believes the Kawana Bay Resort is a tremendous asset for Grenada and the tourism sector.
“The hotel industry is pleased to have you,” Sir Royston said.
He said with an increase in the room stock, Grenada will now be able to negotiate better airlift.
Kimpton Hotels is the heart of the inter-continental hotel groups known for its fine guests service.