On the heels of this week’s announcement by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy that Barbados will soon have a Hyatt, Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that another major international hotel brand is tipped to operate the former Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip.
Informed sources say the Wyndham, which is one of the world’s largest and most diverse hotel companies with over 7, 000 hotels and more than 50 brands worldwide, is about to get Cabinet’s nod to operate the 58- acre property.
Construction of a new 450-room/suite hotel and restoration of the 9-bedroom castle is expected to begin by the middle of next year with a targeted completion date of early 2018.
The $200 million project, which will be funded through the government of China, is also expected to generate at least 1,000 jobs, including 400 in the construction phase.
When contacted today, the chief executive officer of the Barbados Investment Inc (BTI) Stuart Layne would not confirm that Wyndham would be the operator.
However, he told Barbados TODAY “we are close to making a decision, but to name someone now would be premature of me. The Cabinet will have to make the decision and they are close to making that decision”.
The approved plans for the redevelopment of Sam Lord’s have been in place since 2008.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Tourism told parliament that work is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of next year on a spanking new Hyatt hotel with two 12-storey high rise towers on the site of the old Harbour Police Station and Detco Motors on Lower Bay Street, the City.
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