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Bring it on

Sealy stands behind Hyatt on Bay Street

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is hitting back at critics of the decision to build the multi-million dollar Hyatt Hotel on Bay Street, The City.

In his contribution earlier this evening to the debate on the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Sealy defended the international hotel chain, which he said would enhance the island’s tourism product while generating employment.

In fact, Sealy said he was one the biggest supporter of the 237-room Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay, which will be situated on almost three acres of waterfront next to Liquidation Centre and opposite Bethel Methodist Church.

“I know the Member for the City [Jeffrey Bostic] doesn’t agree with that [opposition to the hotel]; he is the biggest supporter of Hyatt and I am the second biggest supporter. I am all for jobs, I am all for tourism coming to the people of St Michael.

“This idea that people of St Michael, in my constituency, in the Honourable Member for the City constituency, in the Prime Minister’s constituency, we are not good enough for tourism and I don’t understand that,” Sealy said.

Social activist David Comissiong has publicly protested against the construction of the hotel on Brownes Beach and has written to Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins demanding that the application for Town and Country Planning permission to construct the proposed 15-story property be subjected to “a most rigorous and comprehensive” environmental impact and assessment procedure, including a social impact assessment study.

“The people of Christ Church can handle tourism, the people for St James can handle tourism, but somehow don’t bring a hotel in St Michael because apparently we don’t know how to behave. It is foolishness. We want a piece of that action and we are going to get it,” the minister declared. 

4 Responses to Bring it on

  1. Phil August 18, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Mr. Tourism Minister, I am 100% in support of the Hyatt project. I wish those who object should think outside the box and stop knit picking for partisan politics sake. Think of how that stretch from the Hyatt to the swing bridge will explode with businesses Restaurants, shopping, the lot. As a matter of fact, the former BNB building at the corner of Fairchild street can be renovated and outfitted to be a 50 room business class hotel. This will breathe new life back into the city. There are three kinds of people….. Those that MAKE things happen, those that WATCH things happen, and those that WONDER what happen.

  2. Sheron Inniss August 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    When it comes to politicians my favourite song for the majority of them is “The Great Pretenders”. I usually agree with Mr Richard Sealy but not in this instance. I may be wrong, but my understanding of World Heritage Sites would suggest this is a no no. I agree with Ms Mia Mottley.

  3. lester August 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    do we as a nation get any revenue by and large from world heritage sites, and would not this hotel brand add to the very heritage site, the average man in bim cares nothing about heritage sites, people want work

  4. Sue Donym August 18, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Such a petty response from Mr Sealy. Mr Comissiong’s objections had nothing to do with whether the people of St. Michael ‘have’ a hotel – in fact Mr Comissiong is concerned with whether the people of all Barbados will have a country that maintains the freedoms, character and warmth that they deserve.

    Mr Comissiong and others of us have noted some people’s preoccupation, if not distraction by the lure of instant money, jobs and brands without admitting that sometimes there is a huge price to pay in the flight of real profits and the erosion of values, as well as the willingness to make drastic sacrifices to accommodate the monied class.

    We can pretend that the simple retention of the policy of all beaches being free helps us to feel WELCOME in certain areas. We can claim not to feel slighted when large sections of beach are ‘reserved’ for hotel ‘guests’, making locals feel like they have to clamber over loungers and inconvenience visitors to claim good spots.

    Let’s be honest about the fact that we have had regrets about not having a long term plan or policy in key areas and that there have been some negatives associated with being embarrassingly eager or generous just to secure past investments – including some in the tourism sector.


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