The redevelopment of the Sam Lord’s Castle, St Philip property will have benefits for residents living in the east of Barbados. That contention came today from St James South MP Donville Inniss as he supported his Government’s decision to compulsorily acquire the 58-acre property on which the now dilapidated hotel is located.
He said the property was falling to ruins and Government had to do something with the “fine piece of real estate in an excellent location . . . that offers a great deal to the tourism mix in Barbados”.
“The reality about it is that, as a Government, we felt that the tourism mix must not be just the South Coast and the West Coast; there must be more options. I believe that that location offers a wonderful opportunity for us to add another 400 rooms to the tourism plant. We need more hotel rooms in Barbados,” he said.
“There is no doubt about it and this Government has set about to make that happen in spite of the deepest and most prolonged recession known to mankind. This Government has set about in a most deliberate manner to add more hotel rooms of great quality to the Barbados tourism plant. We have also opted to add more opportunities in terms of dining experience and shopping, and whatever, for those who choose to come to Barbados. So ultimately, whenever this project is completed we are going to see opportunities for those who reside on that side of the island.”
Inniss chastised members of the Opposition for being critical of the project that will be funded by the Export-Import Bank of China. He charged that instead of joining the Government in a mature manner and acknowledging that the country needed this investment, the Opposition engaged in all kinds of attacks on the Peoples’ Republic of China.
“The reality about it is that we have enjoyed diplomatic relations with China since 1977 and it has benefited both countries. I believe that there is no way that a Leader of her Majesty’s Opposition ought to use Parliament to launch any scathing attacks on any country with which Barbados enjoys good relations,” he said.
“I think it is an act of political immaturity. The fact is there are sovereign states which have the confidence in this Government and economy and society to make an investment in Barbados.”