Gov’t signs contract for luxury resort in Cabrits

The contract was signed at the Fort Young Hotel on Friday
The contract was signed at the Fort Young Hotel on Friday

The government of Dominica on Friday officially signed an agreement for the construction of a luxury resort at Cabrits, Portsmouth.

The agreement was signed between the government of Dominica, Range Capital Partners LTD and the Kempinski Group at a ceremony held at the Fort Young Hotel.

Financial secretary, Rosemund Edwards, signed on behalf of the government.

Representative of Range Capital Partners Dominica Ltd, Mohammed Asarla, said the agreement and construction of the resort will create jobs and uplift the island’s tourism industry.

Mohammed Asarla of Range Capital Partners Dominica
Mohammed Asarla of Range Capital Partners Dominica

“Kempinski Dominica will create jobs, direct and indirect, economic impact to the country will be significant,” he said. “It will uplift the tourism industry in line with the country’s master plan for the tourism development.”

According to him, Kempinski is a luxury brand and one of the finest and Range Capital is privileged to be partners with that group.

Asarla said it has taken the company one year to get to this stage and documents have been finalized with the government and initial design work has already been complete.

He stated further that the Douglas Bay in Cabrits, the site of the new resort, is one of the finest beaches in this part of the Caribbean.

“We believe that Douglas Bay in Cabrits is one of the finest beaches in that part of the Caribbean. It’s a site which has privacy and allows for the creation of a unique hotel product, a hideaway resort,” he stated. “From today work will start, design work will commence immediately, environmental, which we are very sensitive to, will be undertaken with all sensitivities and ensure that what is designed and built is something which has harmony between land and sea, between waves and wildlife, and ensuring experience from sunrise to sunset…”

He revealed that world-class designers from Spain, Miami and London are already assigned to design the hotel.

“They will work in conjunction with a whole host of local consultants, contractors, sub-contractors at all stages and Range will ensure commitment to what we have agreed with the government with regards to local employment,” he explained. “Over the next 12 months, till the anticipated start of construction, tireless work will happen with the design team working night and day to ensure the right product is created. What we are developing we hope will be Dominica’s pride and the envy of the region.”

Senior Vice President of Kempinski group, Xavier Destribats
Senior Vice President of Kempinski group, Xavier Destribats

Senior Vice President of Kempinski group, Xavier Destribats, said Kempinski will participate with local teams to ensure the hotel is of high standards, “And to make sure that in Dominica we have the Kempinski spirit.”

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 contructed under the Citizenship by Investment Program.

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107 Comments

  1. Honest Dominican
    November 10, 2014

    For those of you who are interested in knowing more on this matter, please copy and paste this website or click on it!

    http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/topstory-New-Dominica-development-agreement-raises-due-diligence-issues-20015.html

  2. November 10, 2014

    i think that building more hotel rooms is an excellent idea so that when we get the international airport we will have adequate accomodation for them

    • Titiwi
      November 10, 2014

      Oh, smart doughboy and what are you going to do with the empty hotel rooms whilst you are building that airport?

  3. grell
    November 10, 2014

    REALLY SKERRO HENDERSON AND BLACKMORE WHAT PLANET ARE YOU GUYS ON,IT TAKES US 2 TO 3 days to get to dominica by air,how the hell with this boos tourism,what happen to the morocco funded hotel not copleted but sirning anotheR ONE.

  4. confused
    November 10, 2014

    How many hotels can cabrits take? Aren’t the morrocans building one ? Where exactly will this one be erected ?

  5. Cerberus
    November 10, 2014

    This is interesting. The original m.o.u was signed in Dominica, on 18 Feb. of this year, on behalf of Kempinski by Ulrich Eckhardt, President of the company’s subsidiary in Dubai, Kempinski Middle East FZ (stands for Free Zone) LLC.
    Mr. Eckhardt’s unexpected retirement was announced, 10 days ago on 30 Oct., to be effective 1 Nov. and it would appear that Mr. Xavier Destribats was a late substitute for the actual signing of this contract. Mr. Destribats is in charge of the Kempinski SA, a subsidiary registered in London ( parent company Kempinski AG, Switzerland). It looks like Kempinski have had their own internal disagreements as at least two other senior members of their board departed at the same time as Mr. Eckhardt. Whether they left entirely of their own volition is not clear.

    • JoJo
      November 10, 2014

      Thank you. So which Kempinski company did the government sign the contract with?

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2014

      Reason why skerrit winning
      Because he does tingz
      No B.S,
      No talk,
      Just bricks.

  6. Ma Moses
    November 9, 2014

    And you know the other thing I find so odd. What is our U.N. ambassador in new York doing at that signing ceremony. Don’t we have a Minister responsibility for investments, Dr. Colin McIntyre? Why was he not present. And what about Hon. Alvin Bernard, who was especially appointed by Mr. Skerrit as Minister responsible for Citizenship by Investment? He is not in the picture either. I don’t mind investments but why has everything we do have a fishy smell to it?

  7. OBSERVER
    November 9, 2014

    Well! Well! You progress-blockers that hurry to full up DNO every time with your negativity allu sound scared. This one too much for allu? You fraid Skerro! Who simple man could achieve so much under so much pressure for so long and still come up smiling? Why waste your time and energy writing crappy comments.
    Read the writing on the wall that is in big bold letters: SKERRIT IS BLESSED BY THE ALMIGHTY. If you blue vex go fight with God. :lol:

    • Irma Francois
      November 9, 2014

      like that

    • JoJo
      November 9, 2014

      A frightening similarity with despot Papa Doc Duvalier of Haiti, who had himself pictured next to an image of Jesus Christ having his hand on his shoulder with the caption ” I have been chosen by Him”. I guess Skerrit has not done that yet because he has not met celestial leader Jesus to use as a picture for his election campaign. Not to worry, that time may come too.

    • meh
      November 10, 2014

      Nobody’s fighting with God…such a stupid statement. People have a democratic right to support whichever party they see fit.

  8. Malgraysa
    November 9, 2014

    I think that is all part of the plan to make Portsmouth a freeport.
    Cruise ship will be redirected there away from Roseau, some gwo boug will have a duty-free jewellery concession, another one for booze and tobacco. Maybe some gambling thrown in and a deep water cargo facility for the Chinese as per the famous mou. That could be good for Ross also. Dominicans from outside the zone will need a special permit to go there. Imagine, they could even run ferry services there from Guadeloupe and Martinique for the French people to come duty-free shopping on a day trip.
    Am I hallucinating? Perhaps.

  9. November 9, 2014

    Don’t let them fool you

  10. me
    November 9, 2014

    The Government is smart. The necessary infrastructure must be built to complement the International Airport not like stupid UWP who want to build Airport before hotel and roads and energy sufficiency. Another 5 years for Labour.

    • Me
      November 10, 2014

      This blog was not posted by Me. I do not support the Roosevelt Skerrit government.

  11. Anon
    November 8, 2014

    Well.. with all these contracts signed lately you would swear D’a is developed with sky scrapers and all. wow look money, are they grants or vi-t-vi loan we have to pay back?

  12. easy
    November 8, 2014

    Its a huge joke. What on earth is campaign manager doing at a state signing? Nasty politricks. Dats why Dominicans must heed the call to vote them out…
    Mr Ian Dauglas, why not learn from your cousins? Never before you n Pm in close up picture like a happy bunch.. but look at you, another project to fooool portsmouth pep…. The one from Morocco cant even finish, look u all launchin another..
    Some laxy, fooolish election strategy dat will not work..
    You all are just disrespectful n rude to jus fool Dominicans. Look back at the manifesto, hardly anything came through. Yet it was this same government who boasted bout they reAdy n uwp had no manifesto was not ready…
    Uwp, be on offensive regarding, these issues. Expose de lies, bobol, corruption, poor economy, broken promises, victimization, unemployment, n so forth..
    Dont follow the low road of labour whereby everything is papyshow n fanfare… Labour is rhum politics….cement politics, plywood n money passing left right n center…
    Vince n dem should be ashamed of themselves…
    God is wAtching you allllllllll closely, mr campaign manager.. good thing you de manager,,,,you managed education ministry n st joe very well, mr manager,, how much money you getting to sing for ys super

  13. Anonymous
    November 8, 2014

    Great, 5-star luxury resort with:
    a) a 0-star rated airport, that has not got a luxury departure lounge. But it has substandard, smelly toilet facilities;
    b) a road connecting from the airport to the resort that is at best substandard and at worst dangerous, i.e. numerous single file bridges, numerous deep potholes and totally overgrown verges;
    I suspect the guest will come once but never again…

  14. Massacre
    November 8, 2014

    Rosi, I know you and I feel your pain. I can feel that you are signing this document with a heavy heart. This is why I love being my own boss. Hence, I will not be directed to do what you are seen doing on DNO. The PM is putting you on the frontline to give the impression that you being a public officer that the project and process is a legit one. However, we know better. e know that you re doing what you are instructed to do.

  15. look jokes
    November 8, 2014

    Con-me are roaming around looking to see how many hearts and minds they will conquer. Take heed my people! They tried things similar the last election and it worked, This time I have faith in my people that the DLP with be very disappointed.

    This is the Real -Con-Men at work……lookout!

  16. Love all
    November 8, 2014

    Five more years, 5 more years. Yes boss you truly have what it takes. Laba car twivive.. See you in New Town. That’s why they caught my boy with his pants down.

  17. November 8, 2014

    right now this guy take us for folls not me, but you .

  18. Concerned Dominican
    November 8, 2014

    More Skerrit Hocus Pocus before the election and the people are the little dwarfs.

  19. November 8, 2014

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Well I was home for the Fest and independence and I took two of my Aunts to this beach. I would like to know if the public will have access to this beach when this Hotel is completed. How many rooms will this hotel have and if the company is putting up all the funds to build this hotel or will it be subsidize by our citizen tax money and we will learn about that after the election.
    There is a nice article about Dominica in the New York Times travel section it’s an interesting read(Nov 8th).

  20. truth
    November 8, 2014

    Thank GOD for lennox linton
    Edison was there for almost 14 years ,and we never heard of projects like that , we never had moneys spent in an election like this , My GOD, WITH 18 seats? LINTON is a power house , A government who performed well have no reason to do all this to win an election,skeritt should agree that he is there for long enough , THIS IS NOT YOUR HOME skeritt ,you do not own dominica ,you met it that way ,and you have to leave it that way , I see you introducing your son as the next leader , this is not a family thing, you said you want to be there for 2050 when your son will be old enough to lead ,so you will pass the leader ship to him,
    I hope dominicans are reading your lips? I for sure never trusted you from one of your early statements which i will never forget ,when you said ,and i coat , The present of lebia , ,FIDEL castro, hugo chaves ,the chiney government ,ets , These are my mentors , I will never forget this , SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE, All these you mentioned ,are dictators, SO dominicans ,,,what is skeritt? IS this what we need here?
    I hate to say it ,But DOMINICANS is about to pay a price , a real price if we dont do the right thing this time around,You know why , ?we forget too fast ,and we take too many things for granted,
    THIS ELECTION REMINDS ME OF <<<THE LAST SUPPER, One question, DOMINICANS; ARE YOU READY TO BE CRUCIFIED?,,,,IF no , Then make use of the last chance you got, Remember ,, what you sow ,,is that you will reap

  21. Anonymous
    November 8, 2014

    how valid can such an agreement be even if Ms Rosemund Edwards signed on behalf of government. Parliament was dissolved the day before therefore, there is no government in power, no contracts whatsoever could be signed. Isn’t it the President who is now in charge of Dominica? I may be wrong.

    • hot
      November 9, 2014

      You are very correct.

  22. alcove
    November 8, 2014

    Dominicans, read the article thoroughly. The hotel has not been designed..who on earth signs a contract for the construction project that has not been designed.? maybe the contract that was signed is for designing the project….open your eyes Dominicans.

    • A Doubting Thomas
      November 9, 2014

      I suppose none of you have bought a home or have had one built. Or a plan drawn for you for a home or business. Because why else would anyone make such ridiculous statements like those being made here.

  23. Anthony Ismael
    November 8, 2014

    What happened to the other hotel in Portsmouth? I’m just asking.
    What’s the deal with the hospital that Tim-Tim promised years ago?
    It’s great to encourage more tourist to visit our island and construct luxurious accommodations for them. However, should illness strike, shouldn’t we also concentrate on a proper hospital to care for them?

  24. Truly Dominican
    November 8, 2014

    Skerrit, Dominicans, at this time, do not need another hotel.
    Here’s a list of what we need.
    – enough money for EVERY DOMINICAN, not only your staunch supporters, to be able to buy food, to pay their bills, and even to buy their own toilets
    -removal of VAT from basic food items
    -removal of or lowering of VAT on medicine
    -increase in salary of public servants – we need it –
    and don’t say you giving 0% 0% 0% because we know you have the money. Dominicans, look around you, look at the bill boards, the polished faces of the canditate on those colourful pictures on the huge bill boards; look at the massive stage being built, the thousands of dollars spent to bus your supporter to Melville Hall airport for the re-naming; the l’argent seche that is being given to supporters and those you hope to bribe,the goodies that have suddenly appeared and are being distributed by a certain lady to people of Tarish Pit (By the way when UWP comes into power, they have to change that name from Tarish Pit to…);
    – filling of pot holes on most of the major roads
    -rehabilitating of feeder roads
    -resuscitating agriculture
    -cleaning of the stinking drains in Roseau
    -making available basic medication for the Princess Margaret Hospital
    -renovating or rebuilding of the Marigot Hospital
    -making DOMINICA BROADCASTING STATION (DBS) the nation’s station, open to all political parties
    -respect for all Dominicans – we don’t expect you to tell Dominicans, ever again, to go to hell, or to call them bastards, among other things
    -making all roads safe
    -making education (University ) available to ALL DOMINICANS.
    -being TANSPARENT with all MOU’s signed on our behalf.

    This list is, by no means exhaustive, and not all of them require money. You could have given Dominica all of this in the ten years that you served as Prime Minister – the 27 million dollars would have been more than enough.
    UWP did so much quality work in 4 and a half years. Dominicans were told to get them out ‘at all costs’ because they were corrupt. Tony Astaphan, chief investigator, could not come up with any evidence of corruption. Now, with the Skerrit labour party, corruption is kicking us in the face and we smiling. God help us

  25. Ideal
    November 8, 2014

    Another hotel, when those we have are always empty. Skeritt just selling out Dominica, soon our real owners will come to claim our beautiful island. Nobody knows what is being signed in these paper, When is the Morrocan hotel going to be completed. Why not ask for hospitals to be built or things that are really needed. Dominicans please open your eyes to whats going on..MAY GOD BLESS DOMINICA

  26. Ohhh Dominica!
    November 8, 2014

    So I guess Rosalie Bay, Fort Young Hotel, Secret Bay, Atlantis, Garraway to name a few are overflowing and there are no rooms available on island to put this massive influx of stay over visitors so government has to lend a hand?

    Come on my people, if Skerrit doesn’t know better, what is the purpose of having all these technocrats around him? No one is putting some sense in this man head. Is empowering the private sector and creating an enabling environment for them to thrive a thing of the past?

    Can someone or anyone see that this is a dangerous trend. We are not China, Venezuela or Cuba………come on my people….are we that foolish?

    • Forever Amber
      November 10, 2014

      I could not have said it better. Oh Dominica, whither goest thou?

  27. Mark 2
    November 8, 2014

    Who are these two characters?

  28. No name
    November 8, 2014

    DNO is his name mohammed asarla or mohammed asaria? I’ve Google this name and nothing came up under asarla, but under asaria there is a link with range developments/holdings/investments, whichever one they choose to call themselves. The only thing is they are listed and registered in dubai as real estate brokers whose licence to trade was due to expire on 03/03/14. Correct me if I am wrong but that date has past and unless he has registered somewhere else????????, finish the sentence if you want. If you think I am lying do the Google exercise yourself.

    • No name
      November 8, 2014

      I hope all those people who like to sew in D/can read up on range developments/hospitality because according to an article they cater for the muslim pilgrims. Muslims don’t like/encourage sew, it is against the rules of Allah. Again correct me if I’m wrong.

  29. DAinDiaspora
    November 8, 2014

    Very impressive and bold move. One unfinished project is a solid basis upon which to build another. This is consistent with the tenets of a broken system, a broken government where bankruptcy of new ideas is rampant, and where a broken people who have come to accept anything because there not much choice, not even self respect – with the continuous desire to reach out and stretch out a hand to receive handouts less their children starve thereby perpetuating a culture of dependency.

    But universal education has created a cadre of young and energetic thinkers- relative to our institutional culture- that will energize the debate and help to make decisions that will take the country in a different direction.

    There are simply too many people who are dissatisfied and disappointed with the performance of the government for one to feel thing else than a desire to see a change. The voting public in Dominica is like a sleeping giant, but when it wakes up, just remember PJ.

    Please wake up my afflicted brothers and sisters, wake up and prepare Dominica, not for today’s a feast, but for tomorrow, for your children’s future.

    Reasons our political club believes change is a necessity:
    1. Too much talk about corruption
    2. Too much talk about sexual favors for scholarships
    3. To much talk about off-shore banking
    4. Too much talk about foreign accounts
    5. Too much fear of retribution if one opens his/her mouth
    5 too much too much too much…………….

  30. Ma Ma Wat
    November 8, 2014

    I will move to Posee wee. I have plenty goats and I do not know where to tie them. The Morroccan hotel has plenty rooms for them, look another one coming. Hurricane not meeting my kabweet and them outside nah next year……………by that time grass will be growing in the rooms of the Morroccan hotel so I will not even have to tie themmmmmmmm………….PAPA BAT!!

  31. Mahaut talk roro
    November 7, 2014

    We love you daddy skiroo people will hate you if you do good or bad .. Most of them that talking never travel. Tell them come NYC and they will see ..

  32. PROMISES !!
    November 7, 2014

    i am really fed up with all of these sudden plans and projects Skerrit is trying to deliver now.
    PLEASE! Mr. PM leave the plans and projects—and not forgetting the money for a capable and reliable government to handle our affairs. I am not talking about a one man show!! I am talking about a Team Working together with the nation at heart. And for the LOVE and future of our children.
    How much are you paying these investors or is this money Laundering?? I am asking?
    You promised us Dominicans a state of the Art Hospital. Do you remember you stated you received from China US$300-Million and the project is part of a deal to construct an International Airport. And also, other projects which included a hotel to be built in Roseau.
    People lets not be fooled!
    What about the installation of the Solar Street Lights across the island?

    Matthiau Dam
    Where is the money you Skerrit received for the 2011 Layou Valley Disaster??
    Mr. PM you said, following a visit to Azerbaijan in 2011 after your official meeting that country was funding a national Library in Dominica.
    Another Promise:
    Marigot Hospital to become a Trauma Center and that hospital would facilitate residents from Portsmouth to Delices….Melville Hall Airport.
    Now you talking about another Hotel. What you think, you just go day after day making plans and signing projects.
    What about a vision for Dominica for the next 5 years. You can’t even finish one you started—Yes! what about that?? The Moroccan Resort and Spa…

  33. royal boy
    November 7, 2014

    Here we go,skeritt is jealous of the uwp man,how comes is blue,blue haha.I like it,I really,really Luke it. People understand the man is a mad man too much contract signing that is somebody that has lost it.He Is REALLY A CONARTIS AND ADICTATOR.. May GOd have mercy on us and chastise him for all the poverty he put Dominicans in by loosing this election by a VERY,VERY BIG margin.GOD bless the nature island.

  34. Sweeet Roses
    November 7, 2014

    How sweet it is to know that you fool me once, but regardless how hard you try, you wont get an other chance, plus your lies wont fly.

  35. george Fontaine
    November 7, 2014

    Good try, but the people will have Team Dominica follow up on this…

  36. Lougaoo Mem
    November 7, 2014

    Wo- yo-yoh!!!

    Now we know that these are strange times in our country. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see it’s all part and parcel of the campaign to fool the unbelievers. Hope when it’s all over the Dominican public will see right through these politicians I hope.

  37. November 7, 2014

    My people please do your research on these companies that your government is doing business with most of these companies are just fronts for something else.

  38. `mr crab
    November 7, 2014

    lol ahhaha but look coshony wi haha up to now the morocan hotel kia finish but the man there blarjaying about another hotel .stupes man comout there, so long u there now u have your wife involve in politics giving out tthings, shame on all you people. wicke set of peopel. jus using poor people to make millions

  39. BEB
    November 7, 2014

    Why not complete those white elephants, the Layou Hotel and the Morocan Hotel at Cabrits?

  40. Environmentalist
    November 7, 2014

    The Cabrits is one of the few National Parks in Dominica and the government wants to build 2 hotels there. Has the land been de-reserved by an act of parliament?
    Has an EIA been conducted to determine the impact of a 200 room hotel on the terrestrial and marine environment and also the carrying capacity of the land.
    The people of Portsmouth need to be aware that the swamp performs a filtering function which protects the clean pristine Belle Hall Beach. The hotel could cause the lost of the clear waters, loss of vibrant coral reefs and eventually disappearance of the vibrant fishing industry.
    Such a development should be well planned and not rushed for political gains. Our wise forefathers who declared Cabrits a National Park and marine reserve did so to preserver the history and marine environment. Should we support a wreckless leader to simply destroy it just to win an election???

  41. koolio
    November 7, 2014

    Development & sustainable employment is good yess However this seems like a RUSH RUSH signing deal.Those same investors signed a contract in Stkitts and there was a blue print,cost estimation..Whats being witnessed today is a signing of a promise to do.No blueprint,no cost estimation..
    Whats the track record of this Investment group…We all see the current state of the Moroccan Hotel..that was promise years ago…No one seems to know whats going on with that particular project…

  42. Lovely Sisserou
    November 7, 2014

    Yes I, but Dominica should have election every year man. Boy If Dominicans doh kick out mister and dem this trip we need to have our name changed to Dumbdicans. Alas, papa bon dieu. Not even the US that does see MOU and contracts signed like that in de whole four years of an administration like skeritt doing in Dominica when election coming. In 2009 we were getting a Roseau River Promenade that now change to rehabilatiion of Roseau and Portsmouth, we were getting a state of the art hospital, they now building de factory to make de state of the art equipment, For 14 years they say they not interested in building international airport they go for night landing, UWP say they going to go full speed to get an internatiional airport built, BAM! Skeritt pull a check for a airport from his back pocket. Ehben Domnichen nous sort. This man should be in jail or wait maybe de psychiatric unit is better for him. Nomme lar foo! ALAS PAPA BON DIEU MENEN WORKERS VIRAI!!!!!

  43. PROMISES !!
    November 7, 2014

    I am really fed up with all of these sudden plans and projects Skerrit is trying to deliver now.

    PLEASE! Mr. PM leave the plans and projects-and not forgetting the money for a capable and reliable government to handle. I am not talking about a one man show!! I am talking about a Team Working together with the nation at heart. And the future of our children.
    How much are you paying these investors or is this Money Laundering?? I smell a rat SIR… You promised us Dominicans a state of the Art Hospital. You remember you stated you received from China US$300-million (and that project is part of a deal to construct an International Airport. And other projects which included a hotel to be built in Roseau and a New Hospital.
    People lets not be fooled ….
    What about the installation of solar street lights across the island??
    Matthieu Dam
    Where is the money you Skerrit received for the 2011 Layou Valley disaster?
    Mr. PM said, following a visit to Azerbaijan in 2011 after his official meeting that country was funding a national library in Dominica.

    Another Promise
    Marigot hospital to become a Trauma Centre and that hospital would facilitate resident from Portsmouth to Delices—-The Melville Hall Airpot.
    Now you talking about another Hotel. What you think, you just go day after day making plans/signing projects.
    What about a vision for the country for the next 5 years? you can’t even finish one you started—Yes! what about that? The Moroccan Resort and Spa….

  44. November 7, 2014

    These investors are wiser then you folks they owned different hotels they are doing pretty well in other countries it could be an opportunity to generate our economy because of its global partners it has, this company has global clients, plus is not Dominicans tax payers money to build this hotel, why everything is politics some of you guys has nothing to contribute for Dominica is time to see developments in Dominica.

  45. Country Woman
    November 7, 2014

    Those hotels will all be standing there like BIG white elephants soon, all you will see. All you think all you going to get jobs? wait and see

  46. AP George
    November 7, 2014

    I don’t see what the deal is.
    Dominica needs tourism infrasctructural capacity… hotels being one of the most important assets. First of all, if all is as they say, the Kempinski hotel is not a government project like the Moroccan hotel. THis is a private venture, so gov’t has no say in financing, management, operations and construction schedule, etc.
    Secondly, the international airport is needed, but hotel capacity will be even better justification as to why folks should fly to Dominica. Build the hotels, and when Douglas-Charles airport has more flights than they can handle, then the new airport would be more justified. Not that I don’t think we don’t need the new int’l airport, ’cause we seriously do. But no int’l airport should NOT be a reason for not building world class hotels. If the world class hotels are here, Kempinski has their clientele and believe me they WILL promote and market their product. So people will come…
    Third, a national airline makes no economic sense. It’s not sustainable and would be another LIAT. Lack of commercial airline activity to Dominica is an indication that Dominica needs to seriously improve it’s tourism product. Really, what would the ‘National airline’ do that the others are not doing? Where would the plane loads of people go? To the beach; waterfalls; and then what? Shopping you say….where?

    No one has the guts to tell Dominicans that air access is not the issue. We have air access. Believe me… sit at Douglas-Charles Airport for a day and count how many flights come in. How many more do you think they can handle? Other than nationals coming home, what would stay-over tourists come for? The beach? Inaccessible waterfalls? Underdeveloped trails? Car rentals?

    DOminica needs economic activity – and it helps to have as many Kemponski’s as we can support. But we need a diverse mix: more medical schools, a teaching Hospital for those schools, IT incubators, DSC college scholarships to neighbouring islands, etc etc.

    Let’s hold off on that national airline… I know it’s a matter of pride, but it won’t survive.

  47. Ridiculous
    November 7, 2014

    How is Skerrit signing contracts after technically he is only an “interim’ government? Desperation after 15 years and the FS knows better but she will still sign it on behalf of what government? More smoke screens. Somebody needs to hand Skerrit & the FS the Public service code and things government on the eve of an election can and can’t do. He think he smart by making her sign, knowing damn well he can’t and shouldn’t. Your polls say you’re winning so what’s the haste. Wicked

  48. Muds
    November 7, 2014

    Mr Skerrit, what about the Morrocan hotel that still cannot finish in the same Portsmouth? Another set taking our passport money and giving those Ministers their share/cut and Dominica gets nothing at the end. God alone that can save us from these corrupt guys.

    • Disappointed
      November 7, 2014

      Another ELECTION GIMMICK! That so called contract must be in the gabbage bin already and both PM and the so called Investors laughing at those who were present …….Hahahaha. ……….This is the season of tricks and games. Remember the 100 days promises in 2009?

    • kawat Roseau
      November 8, 2014

      Agreed! Very bad move. DNO why didn’t you guys ask for the completion date of the Morrocan funded hotel? Also, we have had very bad experiences with this investment by citizenship programme. The PM needs my good advice.

    • Anonymous
      November 8, 2014

      Not God alone, you and others will have the POWER on December 8th. Let your VOTE be your voice. If you do not help yourself God will not help you. You have to show Him you are willing to help yourself. Remember the old saying ‘God helps those who help themselves’. Good luck.

    • hot
      November 9, 2014

      God put up government and takes them down. However, He has no hands but our hands. We have a democratic system. If ever a time in our history that God is revealing to us the evils of a government, it is now. So he expects us with all what he is revealing to us, to vote wisely based on what he is showing us and vote this corrupt government out. If we don’t take heed, Dominicans, we will pay for it just like the children of Israel. God wanted to be their leader but they wanted kings like other nations around them and they paid the price for it. Dominicans, this is our last chance. Our opportunities to vote may be lost if we put this government back. They will put in laws that will never be able to take them out especially the executive president. They will bring in foreign people to live here who will take over our country. Remember, the thousands of Chinese are still waiting to come. So when they come, that will be it. They will overpower us with our rights and we, the native people will have no say. Please do not soul your birthright for a bowl of soup, plywood, tv, money, etc. Dominica should remain for us and its sons and daughters. It doesn’t belong to one set. Please, let us rescue Dominica from the power- hungry people and these modern day pirates. Vote the dlp out. They are not interested in you nor your children. They have shown us that clearly over the last fifteen years. Give another set of Dominicans a chance. Look at team Dominica and the labour party candidates and you will see that the dlp candidates cannot develop our country. These are just there to get their share. They come to milk our country. Dominica has had so much money passed under the hands of the dlp government and where has the money gone, what have they done to improve the lives of its citizens? They have made us poorer and made themselves millionaires. Please, Dominicans, it is time for a change. Three terms is more than enough. Thank you.

  49. street side
    November 7, 2014

    i heard the Prime Minister speaking about the UWP dealing with European folks, and selling of Dominican Passport in his address a few times and recently hinted on Wednesday too..

    something is surely wrong with Dominicans they are unable to think through anything..

  50. Leon loblack
    November 7, 2014

    Building a new hotel is a good idea , but and a big but I think holidaymakers would very much like to travel from A to B . not from a to b then to c . airport airport airport. From departure to destination . !!!

  51. foxy
    November 7, 2014

    haha another trick to fool the simple minds of Dominicans..

    wonder if Dominicans were born with brains…OMG!!

    But all these contacts they boast of in Labour they can’t Give a raise to their public officers…

    that’s why Dominica is rated the poorest island in the eastern caribbean because their citizens are very FOOLISH.

    • poll
      November 7, 2014

      @ foxy, getting blue vex and calling Dominicans foolish will not help your party to win. In 2000 if you can still remember your party was breaking ground like crazy so what is happening now is not new to Dominican politics.

    • November 8, 2014

      @foxy…it seems you’re the one foolish search for information before you posted your stupid comments are you aware with this company fool this company is different than the Morrocans project, this investors are smart they owned different hotels they have global connections, I have seen their commercials on international tv. Dominica will included soon once this project is completed, that’s a great opportunity for Dominica, their hotels are doing great in Europe, Americas and Asia,

    • NYPD
      November 8, 2014

      Where you got that information?

  52. the same old story
    November 7, 2014

    story story and more story we that is dumdum.

  53. Doc. Love
    November 7, 2014

    Isn’t Skeritt biting more then he can chew. I know Skeritt wants to win the general election at all cost, but I think the man has gone way over his head. A brand new hospital, an international airport, geothermal plant, a hotel at the PWD site, modernizing of Roseau and Portsmouth, riverside promenade, eradication of all pit latrines, a university student in all house hold and now a hotel resort. It would appear, what the DLP Government could not do in fifteen years, could be done in five more years. It is very interesting, UWP Team Dominica has been boasting they will produce 5000 jobs in three years, with all these projects carded for the next five years, Skeritt hasn’t said one word as to how many jobs will be produced by his Government on account of these projects.

    • Doc. Love
      November 7, 2014

      I cannot believe I forgot pitcoin.

    • UDOHREADYET
      November 7, 2014

      You forget new roads all around the Island including new road to Airport, a stadium, renaming airport, night landing, new shirt jacks, new secondary and primary schools throughout the Island, upgrade to the College, upgrade to grammar school and more shirt jacks!

    • November 7, 2014

      The answer my friend is with the Chinese they will be the ones getting D/can jobs the prostitutes who coming from DR and those who can buy our passports come here and open all kinds of business. remember Timothy the Minister who is afraid of EBOLA & Autism promised to dreadge the Roseau River so we can enjoy boat rides up stream with music wine & food. The whole country high on something. What stupidness have we found our selves in?
      There is a story of a woman in a village let’s say La Plaine who losed her husband within 3yrs of getting Married at 22 yrs of age. for the next 10 yrs she was a widow. From then on knew not man.(like in the bible) after yrs of suffering no sex no one to make her feel comfortable she took a trip to visit a few friends . There she found a gentleman who became interested in her. Heaven alone know how she behaved after he won her heart. she made frequent visits from then on. Finally the man deceided he wanted to visit DA. She wanted to maintain her respect in DA in LaPlaine but would go to G/loupe bi weekly for a few days.
      The man on the other hand missed his lady. So he said he could not take it no more he wants to come to her home. They worked a plan that he would come dressed in our national wear which our french neighbours dress in too. hey decided he would come as her Aunt so no body would notice. Once indoors daybar Night & day !!!!! It worked for a week. good times all day all night.
      Then one early morning the guy went out by 5;00 am half dressed and lifted his dwiyet to peepee and a farmer was passing and saw his private lol look trouble the farmer who saw his private ran down into the illage shops and spread the news that Phyllis aunty is a man!
      The suppose aunt of Phyllis realized what transpired and to her . Phyllis afraid and ashamed ran down into the villageshops and started spreading her her spin on the issue. Stating Ladies and gentlemen all women coming from G/loupe turning into men her aunty who is visiting just transformed into a man.
      Take home message: DLP will win again as much as they are corrupt and do not deserve to be the gov’t of a chicken farm will be relected even if it’s 11-10 why? because all DFP-ites like Phyliis’s so call aunty turning Neo DLPites.

      • Titiwi
        November 11, 2014

        Boy you make me laugh. You mean that big rooster we have is really a chicken? Oh my God.

    • The Facts
      November 8, 2014

      You should be proud and grateful of this progress. When the time comes you will know how many jobs are created. Some of you want to know everything; too much and too soon. Surely you should have an approximate idea how many jobs will be created. You do not have to question everything which is a form of criticism. Wait and see.

      • November 9, 2014

        U seem to be knowledgeable, tell me why I should not know what is in the MOU that the PM signed with China. Why are the Chinese not paying VAT, why is all the money from the Chinese businesses going back to China instead of circulating in DA. This is exactly what the plantation owners of yore used to do, send back the money to England. Ask yourself some serious questions, when the PM says in parliament that we in DA are too free, what is he saying. Why we are not free to carry out peaceful demonstartions like all other democratic countries in the world. People like you have no functioning brains, you and others like you are a waste of space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Mind your Mind
    November 7, 2014

    DNO…is media allowed to ask questions at these sessions? Do we know how much Dominica invested in this project? And how many jobs should we expect?How much is Kempinski and/or Range investing into this?

    • The Facts
      November 8, 2014

      Do you deserve an answer? Are you paying for the jobs? Are you considering applying for one of the jobs? The little man/person who also contributes nothing does not have to know everything.

  55. UDOHREADYET
    November 7, 2014

    So a beach that is currently open to all Dominicans is now going to become a private beach for tourists which no Dominicans can enjoy?

    • The Facts
      November 8, 2014

      Ever considered other countries especially in the Caribbean where hotels are built?

      • Titiwi
        November 9, 2014

        Exactly! We have considered that as did Premier Leblanc of blessed memory and the verdict was , and still is that nobody can own a beach in Dominica. All people must have free access. And the ayes have it.

  56. the same old story
    November 7, 2014

    same song election gimic dominica open all u eyes that hotel story is false.

  57. SMH!!!!!!!
    November 7, 2014

    This is not a MOU that was signed ….It was a contract signed to commence construction of a hotel.
    So where is detail of the contract..How many rooms will the hotel carry and how much money from the citizen program will be used to build this hotel?

    These are trying to syphoned as my much money into private hands before the election…..This is another White Elephant.

    Why not spend the money on building a National Airline to create proper access to focus on tourism and moving our products?

    • Titiwi
      November 9, 2014

      How many acres did the government syphon off from the Cabrits national park? They did that for the Moroccan hotel already like thieves in the night.

  58. Real Dominican
    November 7, 2014

    Election gimmick. Dominicans must be aware of these campaign strategies. Hotels without tourist and air access is not logical. The PM must go.

    • JoJo
      November 9, 2014

      You don’t understand my boy. All the P.M. and his associates are interested in is selling Dominican citizenships so they will have their money whether the hotel is built or not. If anything goes worng blame Range developments. Kempinski not putting in any money, they don’t have any hotels but manage them for their owners for a healthy fee. Why you think they are registered in Switzerland? Ask yourself why did’t Roosevelt Skerrit sign the contract himself??

  59. November 7, 2014

    As I mentioned before the government most put things in place for visitors to come to our shores, our country could have many hotels once there’s no attractions visitors will not come to our shores, special Americans they llike to travel free hassle alot of folks told me they would like to visit Dominica but they don’t like the hassle they have to go thru they prefer direct flights.I do transportation service folks asked me where am from frequently when I tell them Dominica some told me they never heard of Dominica but they familiar with St.Lucia and most of them been to St.Lucia because St.Lucia has an international airport.

  60. cabwheat
    November 7, 2014

    wow! I like the color of the table cloth! Projects too par tout! The same thing they gave the uwp blows for we look they attempting it in no logical or structured way! The Morocan Hotel still incomplete and you going to put another one in the same area…Somebody prove to me that skerrit has not lost his mind!

    • November 7, 2014

      wow! I like the color of the table cloth! Projects too par tout! The same thing they gave the uwp blows for we look they attempting it in no logical or structured way! The Morocan Hotel still incomplete and you going to put another one in the same area…Somebody prove to me that skerrit has not lost his mind!wow
      AS you said UWP the same BS now some people
      s little God is doing it. Confirmation / reassurance of why DA is screwed.
      UWP needs to win by any means necessary to calm D/cans down then our new party of then corruptible will be formed while UWP repeat self of 1005 -2000,
      LL is not my or many peoples favorite person but we have to eat our peas to see these no goods go to jail.4 life without parpole .Let kick ass Isisstyle

    • November 7, 2014

      These investors are wiser then you folks they own other hotels that could be an openen to generate our ecconomy because of the global links this c ompany has and plus is not dominicans tax payers money these hotels are doing very well other countries these hoteliers has global clients why everything is politics most of you folks has nothing to cntribute for this country am not into politics like you guys Is time to see development in Dominica.

  61. AA
    November 7, 2014

    Seriously people? That’s just another Layou river fiasco waiting and going to happen. You mean them fellas not bringing in capital into the country but rather will go out there selling passport to furnish them with an opportunity to own more Dominican assets? This country and its leaders never stop amazing me with their antics.

  62. wowo
    November 7, 2014

    We cannot even get people in the hotels we have. why are we building new ones? Shame on you Skerrit. not voting for you this time. I will vote for change.

  63. High Scope
    November 7, 2014

    Please one at a time, have the first one completed and then we concentrate on number 2.

  64. Me Again
    November 7, 2014

    Another hotel in Cabrits after the Morocan one cannot finish?
    Let’s see how far this one will go.
    This is a government in reverse gear.

    • bigred
      November 8, 2014

      I know and what about the Layou River Hotel they promised to complete after boasting of having won the case in the BVI; what about the abattoir in Layou Park they cannot finish; what about the second wind of the Dominica Grammer School under the first 300 million dollar 3 pillar project they can’t even start muchless to finish; what about the practice ground between the Grammer School and the stadium they clear how many times andd had Aloe make big speech and up to now they cannot start muchless to finish; what about the Petite Soufierre Link Road to Rosalie they start with a bang and they can not finish; what about the 7 senses hotel in Woodfordhill they promise, what about the new hospital they promise under the first 300 million pillar project that to never started howeve we hear of another new hospital that to cannot start muchless finish – and the list can go on and on; Dominicans really have memoir poul.

    • The Facts
      November 8, 2014

      Too many of you criticize those constructions; as cursing them rather than offer your blessings. If the other one is not yet finished, you should consider your indifferent attitude every time you are informed, through the Media about a new project. You are the one placing an obstruction. You are full of criticisms and not encouragement. Therefore, stop placing the blame elsewhere.
      Be kind and pray that those projects will be completed for the good of Dominica. After all they create jobs for the livelihood of those who will be employed. You should be elated but if you consistently criticize, what do you expect?
      You are not interested in the completion of those projects and do not want them to be completed.
      You do not love your country and are not interested in its progress. You want change but the first change begins with people as you, from the heart.

  65. Anonymous
    November 7, 2014

    Oh Gosh…. here we go again.. Wish there was election every year….!

    • anonymous2
      November 7, 2014

      What an interesting array of people that Skerrit has brought in to further create luxury in his neck of the woods. I dare say that it does not benefit the people of this country only Skerrit’s social club.

  66. Tchitar
    November 7, 2014

    Too little, too late Skerrit.

    I NOT voting labour AGAIN!!!

    Mahaut

    • Running Scared
      November 7, 2014

      Who cares!

  67. Bravo
    November 7, 2014

    Bravo. Good job D.A. PLACE US ON THE MAP

    • RealTalk
      November 7, 2014

      Wait for it still

    • bigred
      November 7, 2014

      what is happen to Layou River Hotel project – after the so called victory in the BVI we were promised so much – St Joseph people would finally get employment – question so where is it nuh?

    • longer
      November 7, 2014

      He has already placed us on the map. All these criminals running around with our passports then, what else do you want.

    • joking
      November 7, 2014

      i hate that quote

    • JoJo
      November 9, 2014

      Carcon, we are already on the map and marked. Don’t you know we need a visa to go to Canada and all the EU countries, except the UK and Ireland when Antiguans ans St. Kitts people have free access even though they have the same citizenship programme and the same Caricom passport. You think that is because they trust our government? I really feel sorry for Dominica because it is all us ordinary people suffering.

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