The 250-room hotel that the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will build at Mt Wynne-Peters Hope will be branded and managed by Marriott

“Today, for the first time, I can announce the brand of the hotel at Mt Wynne and that brand, on the basis of an executed contact that took place a couple days ago, is the Marriott,” Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves said in making the announcement at a press conference in Kingstown on Tuesday.

“The big four hotel brands in the world are the Wyndham, the Marriott, the Hilton and Intercontinental hotels. We will now have two of the big four, in Holiday Inn Express, as member of the InterContinental Hotels Group and the Marriott. And we are very proud of the fact that we have come to an agreement after a lengthy period of negotiation with the Marriott to have this hotel.”

The government will also build a 93-room airport hotel at Diamond, to be managed by Holiday Inn Express.

Gonsalves said that on Sept. 10, Marriott’s vice-president for international hotel development for the Caribbean and Latin America will come to SVG to have “a formal announcement and a little celebration for this monumental achievement”.

He said that vice president and representative of the three other hotel chains had visited SVG on the invitation of the government.

“We began negotiations with all of them and we determined which one’s vision most closely aligned with our vision, not only for Mt Wynne but for tourism in St. Vincent and the Grenadines more widely and the Marriott’s team has worked very closely with us,” Gonsalves said.

“They are very proud that they will be the first luxury brand on mainland St. Vincent and they are very proud to expand their presence into this part of the Caribbean.  You know there is a very large Marriott in St. Kitts and they have been looking for an opportunity to build a Marriott in this part of the region and we are very glad that our interests have aligned,” he told the media.

Gonsalves said the construction of the two state-owned hotels is part of “a larger renaissance” in hotel construction in St. Vincent.

He listed among the hotels that have either began construction or have been announced, Black Sands at Peters Hope  (400 rooms) and a 200-room US$60 million Royal Mill hotel to be built in Calliaqua by the private sector.

The minister said that work on Buccament Bay Resort, which has been closed since December 2016, will recommence shortly,

 “So you are talking almost 1,200 rooms on St. Vincent mainland. Before this, we did not have 1,200 rooms of that quality. So you are talking essentially a more than doubling of the room stock in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is incredible!” Gonsalves said.

“…  and that’s not counting the good work being done by local hoteliers, you know that Beachcombers has added a new row of suites to the top of their hotel and other hotels, Hotel Alexandrina is expanding and the like.”

Gonsalves also announced that Hans King, manager of National Properties Ltd., a state-owned company, has executed the final contract with the Holiday Inn Express.

He said the preliminary designs have been approved and that soil testing is currently underway to ensure that the structural design fits properly on the soil with the drainage and all of those things.

“We are currently ahead of schedule in our design process for the Holiday Inn Express at Diamond,” Gonsalves said.

8 replies on “Marriott International hotel coming to SVG”

  1. Does this mean locals will be able to afford a nice weekend get away. because the existing cost to book a hotel is ridiculous. or is it purely for foreigners to come and enjoy the country and the better half of Vincentian society reaping the benefits?

    Call me blind but I fail to see how this will impact Vincentian for the better not the majority anyway, we can hardly afford a decent standard of life.

    What about Health care? Oh the same people set to benefit can afford to fly out.

  2. Rebecca Hartfield says:

    Be sure to include pet friendly with no carpet rooms…i personally have a pet but at 3 a:m i dnt want to take her out…i make a bed specially for that….thanks for consideration….

  3. This will be a fail project, the following are the reasons:

    It would require a change in the laws to appropriate the beach areas near the hotel for hotels users owners only.

    If public access is given to the the beaches, undesirables such as petite thieves are going to decend on the prorob the tourist. This is a fact of life.

    The opposition whether ULP or NDP is expected to play politics rather than cooperate.

    Bad press with respect to robbery will make tourist scaper to other tourist friendly destination..

    1. JB you are right about the beach access thievery concern. See what a big stink was made about beach access on Canouan? I actually do not believe Marriott will come here. I believe this is all concocted as fuel for a coming election. If they really do come, it will not last long.
      Along with what you wrote: SVG will never be a viable tourist destination until they solve the crime problems. Fortunately we have not heard of many rapes and murders of tourists in the past year. We have to keep those crimes low and lower the thievery as well. I am sure most of thievery does not get reported or mentioned in the press. I even sometimes believe that the listed crime rates are doctored-down by the police to make it seem better than it is.

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