With the opening set for May 1st2019, and hundreds of potential employees gathered at the Multi-purpose and Cultural exhibition center for the Royalton Job Fair, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Charles Fernandez made an official site visit to the property to see first hand what progress is being made.
The Tourism Minister along with Permanent Secretary Walter Christopher and the newly appointed Chair of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Mrs. Lorraine Headley Raeburn met with Project Manager Mr. Jose Gonzalez today (Friday) to get an overview of the project thus far, complete with timelines and any foreseeable potential constraints which may hamper the projects’ completion.
Although this is the third such visit for the current year in as many weeks for the Minister, he is quite optimistic about the pace of the project.
“We are happy with the progress of the work so far… the work is very extensive, and I can see great effort being made on their part to open the property on May 1st,” said Minister Fernandez.
He continued that, “we are anxiously awaiting the opening which will see hundreds of Antiguans and Barbudans being permanently employed, with the recruitment process already underway.”
Chairperson of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Mrs. Lorraine Raeburn says she is quite excited about the imminent addition to the Antiguan and Barbudan hotel product.
“Diversity is extremely important for our tourism industry to thrive and the addition of the Royalton to our hotel sector will ensure increased bookings and a burst in economic activity once these 288 rooms come on stream,” remarked Mrs. Raeburn.
Already the island has recorded a seven percent increase in tourist arrivals for the month of January this year over 2018 and the opening of the Royalton will contribute significantly to this growth.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is optimistic that approximately 500 new rooms will be added to the islands room stock by the end of 2019.
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