Over 200 more jobs promised at hotel project

Royal Antigua hotel

The management of the Sunwing Royal Antiguan Hotel project says they will employ 260 more people by the end of February.

The announcement came from the General Manager of the company, Steven Hunter, who reportedly met with the Cabinet on Wednesday via teleconference, according to government spokesman Lionel “Max” Hurst.

The word of the prospective jobs comes even as opposition factions continue to blast the government for what they have flagged as rising unemployment rates.

Hurst’s Cabinet notes indicate that the company presently employs 360 people, who are involved in repairing the 250 rooms at the property and improving other amenities on the hotel plant.

The government’s spokesman reported that the company believes that the hotel will begin receiving guests by Christmas 2018.

Hurst also said that the Sunwing Travel Group is also planning to construct “a multi-storied 250 room hotel property on the north side of the lagoon, in front of the Royal Antiguan Hotel.” This phase of the development is expected to begin “as soon as the Royal Antiguan is complete.”

Meanwhile, the company, which also manages the Jolly Beach Resort, is reporting a 30 per cent increase in occupancy in comparison to the same period last year. The group took over management of the “rundown” property in the second half of last year, with the hope that renovating the resort would attract more guests.

The Sunwing Travel Group, which boasts of being “the largest integrated travel company in North America,” bought the hotel from Issa Nicholas for a reported US $27 million.

The United Progressive Party (UPP) had reportedly sold the hotel to Nicholas for US $12 million during their tenure.

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  1. Oh please, sharpen your tools. Been there, bought the T-Shirt. For nearly four years you did nothing now you come with this. PLEASE

  2. The Jamaican and DR unemployment rate is about to drop. No Antiguan nationals need apply, you are second class citizens in your own country.

    • Yes it will because Antiguans are the laziest set of unfriendly individuals u can find. Their face reads come in 5:00 or whatever time their shift ends. No tourist wants to encounter a sour face on vacation.

    • The funny thing about all u people who nah have none work to do but be on ARN commenting straight y’all will be the first to kiss the politicians ass weather it be red blue orange or what ever other political party

        • I’m a born and raised Antiguan and don’t support no political party cause as long as I have life I could not careless if it is ABLP, UPP DNA or who everelse want get rich quick as long as people can come from outside Antigua and Barbuda can live so can I
          I went to school got my education and a proper job so I don’t beg politician unlike u who bitch and moan everytime an articial about the PM comes on this site

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