Senator wants PM’s residence to be used as a hotel

Independent Senator John Watson has suggested that Ilaro Court, the official residence of the Prime Minister, could be considered for conversion into a hotel to complement the nearby Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Speaking during debate in the Senate yesterday, Watson said: “I don’t believe that we want to get rid of Ilaro Court but I believe that sometimes progress causes certain things to happen and relocations are not unusual, so that is a clear possibility.”

Independent Senator John Watson
Independent Senator John Watson

Watson, a small businessman, said persons who attend conferences would understand the convenience of having a hotel near to the convention centre.

“We may want to look at the surrounding areas and which areas can be purchased, so that we can have a Lloyd Erskine Sandiford hotel which would complement the convention centre,” Watson said.

“I think that one of the next goals of the convention centre would be to find a way of building a hotel close by and when I say close by, I mean in the immediate environs of the convention centre.

Another goal of the convention
centre, he said, was the need for a more aggressive marketing push to attract more business.

“The management at the conference centre must go past the idea of just managing a facility but they must get to the point now where they are actually going out and finding work for the convention centre.

“[This] usually forms part of the tourism promotion teams but I have a feeling that they should be more aggressive in finding conferences, so that they themselves could become viable without getting any grants from Government,” Watson explained.

2 Responses to Senator wants PM’s residence to be used as a hotel

  1. Johnathan May 6, 2016 at 12:37 am

    It is only now being used as a lunch pad for the chosen few by day and a brothel by night so it should be demolished to make way for the hotel I agree with you Senator. The occupant just doesn’t have the class to appreciate it so this is really the right time..

  2. Green Giant May 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Why do you have say he doesn’t have the class? Yes he is originally from a underprivileged class in this country. He really has no desire to reside in the colonial mess we have for ” The PM residence”. What’s wrong with that? @ johnathan.

    We are treating this government like some disease making the country ill, we need however to be careful what we wish for.

    The tea pot and the frying pan are both from the same kitchen. The meals served from this kitchen for decades have been so poor in nutritional value it has prevented the growth of our people.

    We don’t only need new cooks, we also need new menus and better designed kitchens otherwise our future generations will continue to be economic midgets.


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