Hundreds of Grenadians to Get Jobs with Opening of Island’s Largest Hotel

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell met with the majority shareholders of Royalton Grenada, Sunwing Travel Group.

ST GEORGES, Grenada,
Thursday April 4, 2019 –
Prime Minister Dr
Keith Mitchell has welcomed news that hundreds of Grenadians will be employed
by Royalton Grenada when the rebranded hotel opens its doors in December.

Located on the site of what was the Grenadian by Rex, the
rebranded hotel, Royalton Grenada, will provide direct employment for at least
400 persons while hundreds of others will also benefit from indirect
employment.

New majority shareholders of the property, Sunwing Travel Group has confirmed that in addition to this significant level of direct and indirect employment when the hotel becomes operational, the construction phase which gets underway this month, will see the hiring of at least 450 persons.

The Prime Minister was apprised of these facts when he recently
met with Sunwing’s Hotels & Resorts Executive Vice-President, Daniel Diaz.

“It is heartening to hear about the number of jobs that will
be generated,” Prime Minister Mitchell said. “Projects like this create
significant employment opportunities for locals, both in the construction phase
and as permanent staff when the facility is operational.

Government welcomes any initiative that will provide gainful
employment for our people. We have witnessed a steady decline in the country’s
unemployment rate and we are keen to see this continue through the impact of
projects like this.”

Providing a status update on the project,. Diaz said plans
are progressing “smoothly and quickly” and he was high in praise for the
professionalism and accuracy of local planners engaged in the project.

The rebranded hotel, Royalton Grenada will include 59 new
rooms, which will bring the property total to 271, making it the largest hotel
in Grenada.

Despite the limited window in which to deliver additional
rooms, Diaz gave assurances that Sunwing is committed to doing so and to
welcome the first guests in December.

Training opportunities offered by the Royalton have been
highlighted as another key area that will benefit Grenadians and the Prime
Minister has also welcomed this potential for capacity building in tourism and
hospitality arts.

It is envisaged that Sunwing will develop a second property on the site of the Royalton Grenada, which spans an area of 30-acres.

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