Major hotel to be built in Trelawny

Amaterra Jamaica Group Chairman, Keith Russell (left), and Director, Paula Russell (second left), observe the formalities during Wednesday’s (November 13) signing of a hotel management agreement with Marriott International, being undertaken by the latter entity’s Chief Development Officer for the Caribbean and Latin America, Laurent De Kousemaker (second right), and Vice President, Brojan Kumer, at the Hard Rock Café in Montego Bay, St James.

The Amaterra Jamaica Group has entered a hotel management operator agreement with global chain, Marriott International.

The partnership will see Marriott bringing its first all-inclusive property to the island.

An agreement formalising the arrangement was signed during a press launch at the Hard Rock Café in St James on Wednesday (November 13).

The project, to be sited in Trelawny, will be Amaterra’s flagship development. It will initially comprise 800 rooms and boast two miles of white-sand beach.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020 and be completed in 2022.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who spoke during the signing ceremony, said the partnership is a “high point for our tourism investment programme”.

He emphasised that the deal is indicative of Trelawny’s repositioning as a strong tourism destination on the island.

Bartlett further pointed out that the arrangement, along with several other investments in the pipeline, will see the parish boasting close to 15,000 hotel rooms “which will make it the largest block for formal tourism accommodation within [Jamaica’s] tourism sector”.