The parliamentary representative for the Portsmouth Constituency Ian Douglas believes that the Kempinski Hotels will help revive the once buoyant economy in the North.
Hurricane Maria, coupled with the pull out of Ross University School of Medicine, put economic activity in Portsmouth on a downward spiral.
Douglas told Dominicanewsonline that the loss of Ross has caused dislocations economically especially with landlords and restaurant owners but he is convinced that things are about to change.
“Kempinski opened up last week and a number of persons who were associated with Ross either through direct employment or provisions of services, have found employment with the new hotel,” he said.
Douglas also reminded our newsroom that the new hotel is only one of three that will be opened within the next three years.
He recalled that Portsmouth received a major blow when Geest left but the economy bounced back.
“We lost Geest (bananas) in the 1980’s or thereabout and Ross came in and we bounced back. So, we are confident that we will survive this. We are moving on,” he said.
Meantime Douglas said plans are already underway to replace Ross University.
“There is another university we are looking at. The investors have already taken possession of the campus. Government has already transferred the property to the investors who are here to set up the school,” he said.
The new school will be called the Dominica Medical Sciences University. The investor is British and of Indian descent.