Tourism Minister commends RIU owners for investing in Jamaica

The RIU Ocho Rios property is now one of the largest hotels in Jamaica.
The RIU Ocho Rios property is now one of the largest hotels in Jamaica.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has hailed the owners of the Spanish hotel chain, RIU Resorts, for the growing expansion and continued investment in Jamaica.

“We cannot lose sight of what RIU has been doing.”

— Bartlett

RIU has pumped more than J$11 billion (US$85 million) into the renovation of its Ocho Rios property in St Ann, including the building of a state-of-the-art water park, making the hotel chain one of the largest in Jamaica.

The hotel, located in Mammee Bay, closed its doors in April to facilitate the renovation, reopening in September.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

The project, which also included the addition of 45 new rooms and expansion of restaurants, provided jobs for some 150 new employees.

“We cannot lose sight of what RIU has been doing,” Bartlett said.

“Not only does Jamaica have the most RIU hotels in the English-speaking Caribbean, with six, but also having close to 2,800 workers in all the hotels combined is saying quite a lot.”

Bartlett said he was impressed with the speed with which the renovation was completed, noting that a lot of Jamaicans benefited “and will continue to benefit.”