Lovell expresses confidence in Sunwing International’s takeover of Halcyon since investor was introduced by UPP Gov’t

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The Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) says that Sunwing International’s  takeover of the Halcyon Hotel property is a positive move that could provide much-needed jobs for local residents.

The Cabinet announced last week that the investor, Steven Hunter, is planning on turning the now-rundown property into a world-renowned five-star resort.

Reports are that the north wing of the old Halcyon Hotel has been demolished, making way for 250 new rooms during the first phase of the reconstruction.

Harold Lovell, who was a former minister of tourism, says the UPP welcomes any realistic project – since the Gaston Browne Administration has brought very few performing investors to the table.

However, he is optimistic that this project will get off the ground, since the principal of Sunwing International was brought to Antigua and Barbuda by the UPP Government.

Lovell says that a UPP Administration will continue to attract reputable investors, so that the economy can rebound while providing meaningful employment for residents.

Meanwhile, UPP Senator Damani Tabor is also expressing optimism that Sunwing International will succeed with this project – again, because the investor was initially sourced by the Baldwin Spencer Administration.

The second phase of the development will see bungalows being built on the hillsides above the hotel. Both construction phases will employ more than 450 workers, and each is expected to last more than two years.

Halcyon opened its doors to visitors around 1960 – some 62 years ago – and was then called the Caribbean Beach Club (CBC).

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23 COMMENTS

    • @Jahwa

      AH JUS SHAME AR U DEY SHAME BECAUSE YOU GUYS HAVE A POOR PERFORMANCE RECORD.

      YIDA FOOL ARF AR YOU, WEN UPP SAW STRAIGHT THROUGH DEM. WHO HAS MORE COMPETENCE, UPP OR ABLP, JUST ON THAT!!!!!

      • @POVERTY -Like you have memory loss.. here’s your medication:
        ““Finance Minister Harold Lovell said Yida International Investment Antigua Limited, led by Yida Zhang, is seeking approval under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) as well as incentives under the Business and Tourism (Special Incentives) Act for a mega resort and residential development on Guiana Island and surrounding areas.
        “Government has approved the project and is willing to give the necessary concessions,” Lovell said.
        “We have done everything we can to facilitate the project and get it moving,” he added. “The possibilities exist that we do what is necessary in order to ensure that the project comes off the ground.”…Lovell said the government has been doing its part to ensure the mega project can move ahead full speed, but is waiting for the group to finalise its purchase from the Stanford liquidators. see Gov’t keen to offer incentives for Guiana Island project
        Article Published: May 9, 2014, Daily Observer”

        • @ Poverty

          Subsequent to this ten-women we are talking about, UPP THEN TURNED THEM AWAY as you very well know when the YIDA GUY maligned THE OPPOSITION UPP at the ground breaking which turned out to be fake, as the other fake ground faking.

          YOU GUYS JUST LIE LIE LIE LIE TO THE ANTIGUA PUBLIC, BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY DON’T READ…..USEFUL LIARD IDIOT

  1. Dear Newsroom
    You were sent the letter below for publication in this blog page. It seems you are refusing to do so. I have noticed that any criticism of the DNA, you are very reluctant to print. You are not doing them any favour. Please stop showing favoritism and publish the ones you don’t like too. I don’t see you sparing Harold Lovell or Gaston Browne.
    STOP PLAYING FAVORITES.

    Dear Miss Massiah
    I wish to inform you that our Chairman, Miss Malika Parker is talking with the UPP to leave DNA and go back over with them. I understand she is talking to some high members in the UPP and the plan is to either move Richard Lewis for her, or if that is not possible, to make her a senator when UPP wins.
    At first, I did not believe. She was the one who voted against Mr Spencer bill on the CIP in Parliament and said she did not know she was voting no against the whole bill. She also said some very bad things about the UPP when we have our meetings.
    If this is true it looks like UPP is not very smart. First they throw out Mr Marshall and now they are trying to bring in Malika for Mr Lewis.
    That is their business but I am more concern about our business. I think we should confront her to see if all that is true.
    I think she is very ungrateful to you to go behind your back and planning with the UPP.

    • @ ABLP (re Whose side……………….Parker?)

      WHAT NEXT ARE YOU GOING TO TRY? U TINK PEOPLE STUPID LIKE YOU ABLP MINIONS…..DOTISH STUPD USEFUL IDIOTS

    • @whose side you’re on
      Please use your name so that we will know your credibility. You do not sound like a UPP member but an Alp operative creating mischief. You fool no one. Is Richard Lewis a threat to the Labour candidate? You labour supporters are pure evil. If miss Parker were to leave DNA, she should go over to Labour as that’s where all the flip floppers go.

  2. Where is Mr Singh from Western Imperial? They grab up YIDA got some election money and now realize why UPP rejected them. ABLP is a total waste of time.

  3. “Lovell expresses confidence in Sunwing International’s takeover of Halcyon since investor was introduced by UPP Gov’t”

    WHEN WILL GOVERNMENT MINISTER AND WANNABE MINISTERS REALIZE THAT WHAT THEY DO BENEFITS ANTIGUANS?? Does it matter who attracted the investor?

    Not just that but let’s build more hotels to provide labourer jobs and servant jobs to Antiguans. Look at Royalton……they brought in Mexicans to be in top positions when I am sure there are Antiguans who can fill those roles.

    Long and short of it is that we need to get away from hotels that are seasonal. Of course tourists will come, but in the off season the workers suffer.

    • @…..another hotel!
      I hear you, and definitely support your thought’s.

      Regardless of #Who’re the Ruling Arm, of the Government, we MUST address…

      1…Declare the entire Nation, a National Park.
      2…the All Inclusive Model for hotels MUST be revisited, amended and set do that, the #All_Inclusive means, indigenous Citizens can be included more in the profits of Tourism.

      3…I would CAMPAIGN on this MESSAGE, addressing and asserting polices which governs, the Public Access to the Beaches…

      A…egress & ingress.
      B…public parking.
      C…Picnic Pavilions.
      D…PUBLIC RESTROOMS.

      I, recently brought my extended American family there to Antigua(Fiancé – Owner of a Non-Profit, her daughter a physician/MD with Kaiser, one of her friends, a teckee from California.

      I took the youngsters to go Horse Back Riding! We went to the beach bars between Halcyon and Sandals(parking was atrocious, the restroom was out of running water, had to carry the five gallon pail to the sea twice to flush so that my fiancé could use the restroom. She almost had to purchase toilet paper from one of the bars.

      We can do better and it will take ALL, inclusive of, the bonafide developers/Investors, the indigenous people responsible, respecting and maintenance of one of our major resources #da_Beach.

      RASpect!

  4. Tabor please tell your UPP buddy to quit making himself look like an ass! To quote Mr. Derrick: “WHO IS ADVISING THIS MAN?”

    Hold strong Richard Lewis. Lovell already done wid. Election day will ratify it.

    • @ Hmmmmmmmmmm- good

      The sad thing is, ABLP since 2014 when they got into power (and even during the election campaign of 2014) do nothing but just piggy back on all the UPP’s ideas, including investors, because they have no fresh ideas……..which party therefore is more COMPETENT? THE ONE THAT LEADS OR THE ONE THAT FOLLOWS AND COG, LOL 😊😊😊😊
      YOU GUYS HAVE NO SHAME WHATSOEVER……THIS GOVERNMENT IS JUST SHEER EMBARASSMENT.
      GET RID A DEM

  5. The PEOPLE have NO CONFIDENCE IN YOU King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe. MR. IMF ROMANTIC RHYTHMS WADADLI POWER CAN’T ABST HOTEL RIPOFF ABIB COLLAPSER BANKING-SECTOR COLLAPSER ANTI-UWI FIVE ISLANDS CAMPUS BAICO COLLAPSER E
    etc

  6. Lovell has been trying to become Prime Minister since 1978. Poor fool, poor LOSEr. ACLM days done. Tim said not to trust Lovell

  7. @ Poverty

    Subsequent to this ten-women we are talking about, UPP THEN TURNED THEM AWAY as you very well know when the YIDA GUY maligned THE OPPOSITION UPP at the ground breaking which turned out to be fake, as the other fake ground faking.

    YOU GUYS JUST LIE LIE LIE LIE TO THE ANTIGUA PUBLIC, BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY DON’T READ…..USEFUL LIARD IDIOT

  8. Please improve customer service at royaltonAntigua, it is not as good as other sunwing properties. Thanks.

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