KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has commenced a major road patching exercise in St Elizabeth which should see some 57 kilometres of roadway with approximately 900 square meters of patching being done.
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MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Evelyn Smith has welcomed the planned reopening of the former Ritz-Carlton hotel in Rose Hall, which closed its door four months ago.
The hotel, which is to be managed by the international chain Hyatt as an all-inclusive resort, is scheduled to open for business early next year under the brand Hyaat Ziva.
Smith told the Jamaica Observer Tuesday night that the planned reopening is "certainly welcome news". She, however, could not provide details on the initiative.
"The location is a prime area for tourism and if the reports are so, then it is welcome news," said Smith, stressing the importance of tourism to the country.
"Tourism plays a pivotal role in the country's economy, so any addition to the room stock is good news for the sector."
It has been reported that the Hyatt invested in the Playa Hotels and Resorts Company earlier this year, as part of a plan to increase the all-inclusive portfolio.
Playa reportedly purchased the former Ritz-Carlton at the end of spring.
Efforts to get a comment from the resort chain were unsuccessful.
Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall began operations in 2002 as a high-end tourism property and closed its doors in May, putting roughly 400 workers out of work.
SMITH… the location is a
prime area for tourism
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