Hyatt to get going in a ‘couple of weeks’, says Sealy

Construction work on the stalled controversial Hyatt project in The City is to begin in a matter of weeks, says Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy.

Delivering the weekly Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the party’s George Street headquarters, Sealy made no reference to ongoing litigation that has literally stopped the project, but he assured that with planning approval already given, work on the downtown hotel was about to resume.

“Construction is expected to commence, as I understand it, in another couple of weeks, and that too will give us 220-rooms and employ 250 people on completion,” a confident Sealy said, whiled declining to  give details.

The $200 million project, a vital part of Government’s plan for economic recovery, has been the subject of a court case for the past several months, with attorney-at-law David Comissiong challenging Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s decision to give the go ahead for the proposed project.

Following a marathon three days of legal arguments last month from all sides involved, it was left up to High Court Judge Sonia Richards to give her ruling.

Comissiong wants a judicial review of the permission granted to developer Mark Maloney to build the multi-storey hotel on Bay Street, The City.

Stuart, who is the Minister responsible for Town and Country Planning, is fighting back against that challenge, contending that the social activist did not have either a financial or legal leg on which to stand in the matter.

With no clear indication of when a legal judgment would be issued in the matter, Sealy seemed positive that the ruling would support a go ahead of the hotel project.

Besides the Hyatt Centric, the minister of tourism also said there were several ongoing and pending investments in the vital sector that would significantly increase employment, as well as the island’s hotel room stock.

He singled out the 220-suite Sandals Casuarina property, which is to open this year, providing about 600 jobs; the opening of the 250-room Sands Hotel in 2018 providing about 300 jobs; the addition of rooms at the Sea Breeze hotel, as well as the opening of the 450-room Wyndham Sam Lords hotel in 2019, providing about 1,000 jobs.

“Of course we also have the owners of the Accra Hotel planning to do a 44-room hotel on Miami Beach and they are hoping for that to be operational by 2018,” he said while acknowledging that “they had some Town & Country [Planning] matter they are trying to resolve involving the community there and we wish them luck.

“We also have a number of other projects to commence constructing during the course of 2020,” he said, while singling out the planned 500-suite Sandals Beaches in St Peter, as well as the planned 309-room Pure Beach Resort in Foul Bay, St Philip.

Sealy said he was satisfied that as a result of the added room stock the tourism industry would outperform recent records.

He said the total construction to take place from now to 2020 would result in about 2,300 new rooms, providing “a needed boost and modernization to the tourism industry in Barbados”.

“It will build out the capacity that is needed for sustained growth, not only for the industry but for the economy as a whole, as tourism final product is dependent on all the sectors of the economy and likewise, these sectors also depend on tourism,” he said, while stating that he was especially happy for the local investment in the sector, which he said was as a result of concessions under the Tourism Development Act.

“Twenty-three hundred rooms would increase our room inventory by over 40 per cent, and it is estimated that by 2020 we would have 800,000 long stay tourists coming to Barbados and the revenue would move from US$1.1 billion to US$1.5 billion,” said Sealy, who is also expecting record numbers of cruise passengers.

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

23 Responses to Hyatt to get going in a ‘couple of weeks’, says Sealy

  1. R. T September 30, 2017 at 12:12 am

    We also expected some improvement in the leadership of this country since winning the last election…but!!!

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  2. Sheron Inniss September 30, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Steupse

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  3. DE September 30, 2017 at 8:07 am

    You see what I say about these bullies in the present government. When they do not know what to say when they have these conferences and lunch time lectures, they give all those who gathered a lot of misleading information. And you know what, those who gather are well educated people who are brain wash when it come to politics. How can you have a project going on, when there is an injunction file in court against that project.
    If this happen as the minister said, then a speak a lot for our judicial system.

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    • Jennifer September 30, 2017 at 9:34 am

      DE – well said. when is this people really going to come out of this hungry, low office, Tek any $hit# mentality. How fu4579&g big does this plantation have to expand till we as a people see reality. Thank our politicians for this captivity in second Egypt. U lot needs to revamp that education from role-ship to ownership. This is why we will stay small, because we are TAUGHT to think SMALL. It is the same way parents train their children to think, SIMPLE.

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    • Leroy October 1, 2017 at 2:16 am

      Maybe he got foreword on the judgement..wouldnt be nothing to doubt on a sm island like bds. When the judiciary and legislative are so close.

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  4. Mark My Word September 30, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Roll out the heavy Equipment get the Economy going, Put some money in the small man pocket, People want work, food on the table, Talk cheap but it takes money to buy food and pay medical bills.

    Commie not employing nobody just talking crap.

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  5. hcalndre September 30, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Mr. Sealy, if I understands you correctly you said that the go ahead of the construction for the Hyatt hotel which is still in the court is ready, is the case being tried in secret? Is the Sandals projects going to get more concessions? Now, I never heard that Barbados had ever being short of hotel rooms because of they were so many visitors. You said close to a million long stay visitors would be on the island, is this a fact? Barbados does well when the winter is brutal in Europe, Canada and America and it is also very expensive, wish you all the best on your prediction.

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    • Jennifer September 30, 2017 at 9:40 am

      We serve on their plantations for nearly 400yrs and still eager to continue. Good gawd.

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    • Leroy October 1, 2017 at 2:14 am

      If you look at it from an individual hotel’s perspective…that means more marketting with each drawing their own guest which will mean more long stay visitors..vs if you look at barbados wholistically as a destination you will find it hard to justify an increased amount of rooms equals more visitors.
      Now for barbados as a whole we really need to reduce the cost and red tape of doing business to make bds more competitive..simple as that.
      Give concessions only if these hotels agree to some basic operation guidelines..1. Acquisition of a certain percentage of items locally from furniture to food..2. Transferral of skills and knowledge to local workers..i.e intl managers and top intl chefs should be required to trai locals for said positions. Ect

      Have the BTI upgrade all our attractions.
      Have a proper beach monitors and clean up.
      Then we will see those long stsy arrivals increase

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      • hcalndre October 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

        Leroy; it`s all well and good to have locals in top positions, the problem is that the workers don`t give the respect to locals in management or give 100% as they would to the people from overseas who expect everyone to pull their weight, tardiness and absenteeism are very big problems in Barbados.

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  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 30, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Ok since these politicians especially ministers so sure about starting work on the Hyatt project maybe they got inside knowledge on court decision,lets be real the justice system is a joke anyways and looks like fix been in from the jump.They just stalling to make things look proper to public it’s nothing but a PR stunt fix in.

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    • Jennifer September 30, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Ok. Well said. And they don’t want none of these systems fixed either. They like being in that back pocket.

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  7. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete September 30, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Is that photo the size this will be???

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  8. Kevin September 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

    It should have started every since…..

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  9. Helicopter(8P) September 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Quite good projections David! Now it’s time to focus on the standards and employees environment. the capacity of room are now more than adiquate since we would not wish for a downturn in the global tourism market and competitive destination pressures of better offerings. As my grand mother insisted ” Take a little bit and live long”!

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  10. Adrian Loveridge September 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Pure Beach – ground breaking in 2011 – $1 million promised to QEH – did they get it ? And now construction in 2020.

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  11. ebaje September 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    As acting PM, Sealy should have never made that statement given that the case is sub judice and it could bring the independence of the judiciary into question if the final decision is in the substantive PM’s favour. Those projected job numbers don’t make sense either.

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  12. John Everatt October 1, 2017 at 9:12 am

    As with all politicians Sealy is simply re-enforcing the electorate’s fantasies. They would rather believe that than face the horrifying truth. This is a tool that politicians can use because no one takes them to task on these fairy tale statements.

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  13. The Negrocrat October 1, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I always saw him as an idiot. Once again he has proven me right.

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  14. Saga Boy October 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Some of you people amaze me. You don’t have the evidence and you accuse the Minister of all sorts of things. Have it ever occurred to you that David Comissiong has failed to update the public? The Minister is a responsible person and I am sure he is not breaking the law. People like David Comissiong is trying to hold back this country and make it easy for the BLP to win the next elections. I hope you are not shocked when you hear the truth.

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    • hcalndre October 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

      @Saga Boy; cases are won and lost in Courts, you only heard from Sealy and there you go. Comissiong could hobnob with the government like others and let you`ll swallow whatever the politicians push down your throats. With some of you`ll way of thinking, the DLP could lead you like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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  15. Milli Watt October 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    he is the judge in this matter……….then again he is a lot a tings

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  16. Mac October 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

    What about the Four Seasons Project.

    A former PM once predicted that it would be up and running in six weeks.

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