The official ground breaking of a major resort near the island’s second town is to take place on Friday afternoon from 3:00 pm.
The 160-room Cabrits Resort Kempinski will be located at Douglas bay, between the Cabrits National Park and the community of Tan Tan, and expected to be a major economic driver for the north and the island on a whole.
Among those expected to attend the ceremony are: Acting Prime Minister Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore, Tourism Minister Robert Tonge, and Trade, Energy, and Employment Minister Ian Douglas are scheduled to speak at the ceremony. From the developer’s and hotel brand’s side, Range Vice President Mohammed Asaria and Kempinski’s President of Europe hotels are expected to deliver remarks.
Kempinski is a renowned European hotel company with at least 73 hotels around the world and the construction of the Luxury Resort at Cabrits will be the first hotel that Kempinski will construct in the Caribbean.
The resort is being constructed under the Citizenship by Investment Program.
Back on November 7, 2014 The Government of Dominica signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Range Developments for the construction of the resort and in May of 2015, the Range Developments announced that thus far schematic construction designs have been approved by Kempinski and necessary legal and administrative requirements have been honored.
Earlier this year a new piece of legislation was enacted to extract 15 acres of land from the Cabrits National Park to facilitate the construction of the hotel.
A team of experts carried out an environmental impact assessment report, which provided a full analysis of all the trees, plants and species within the property and a separate team also carried out an analysis of the soil on the site.
Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica will be designed to ensure a natural balance between the land and the sea, while ensuring a modern contemporary guest experience, according to the company.