Gov’t moves ahead with plan to build hotel
The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is moving forward with its plan to build a hotel in St. Vincent.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told Parliament this month that the government has taken “an initial step to elaborate a plan to build a 250-room hotel in St. Vincent, through the instrumentality of at least two State agencies, and to engage a company with a global brand to market and manage it.”
In his Budget Address, Gonsalves said that on Jan. 18, Cabinet set up a Committee under the chairmanship of the Minister of Economic Planning, Camillo Gonsalves, to proceed with this venture.
“Recently, on my travels overseas, I held fruitful discussions with an international hotel group on this very matter in London,” Gonsalves said, but did not elaborate.
He said his government is again appealing to the Vincentian private sector to join with it to facilitate the expansion of the number of hotel rooms available in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“This is vital in light of the impending operation of the AIA (Argyle International Airport),” which began operating on Tuesday.
“I am pleased that at a recent budget consultation with the business community, three potential investors locally expressed a strong interest in partnering with the government to invest in hotels,” Gonsalves said.