Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has vowed that a Morocco-funded hotel now being constructed in Cabrits Portsmouth will be completed by October next year and “not one day later.”
The fifty-room hotel will comprise seven major buildings including a conference facility to accommodate 200 people, duty free shops and a Spa.
During a site visit on Wednesday, PM Skerrit said construction is on schedule. “It is on schedule… taken into consideration our climatic and weather conditions here in Portsmouth and Dominica,” he said.
According to the Prime Minister, 49 Dominicans are presently employed on the project and instructions have been given to take more in order to accelerate its completion. ”Our friends visited us from Morocco and they said look, October next year, not one day later,” he said in terms of a deadline for completion.
Mr. Skerrit went on to say that when the hotel becomes fully operational at least 100 Dominicans will be employed full time. “Based on the services that will be provided – at the spa, at the gym, the security personnel, staff management, it estimated that we will need at least a hundred people employed on this completed spa …” he said. “This is direct jobs, people who will get their salary directly from this facility.”
He pointed out that many people such as fishermen and farmers will also benefit indirectly from the completed hotel project.
The Prime Minister thanked the government of Morocco for what he described as a ‘gift.’ “We are very grateful for the Kingdom of Morocco for this most generous gift to the people of Dominica. This is a multi million dollar facility completely financed by the Moroccan government,” he pointed out.
He said when the project is completed it will be ready to receive guests immediately.
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