Vice Chairman of the Range Development, Mohammed Asaria, has said a hotel to be built by his company in Cabrits, Portsmouth will be among the best in the Eastern Caribbean employing hundreds, mostly from Dominica.
Representative of the company met with members of the private sector on Tuesday and Asaria said the hotel will have a significant impact on the island’s tourism sector.
“This will be one of the leading hotels in the eastern Caribbean when completed,” he stated. “We have a 30-month construction time table from when we start going. We are confident that this will have major impact on the tourism sector in Dominica.”
He pointed out that during the peak of construction, in excess of 500 jobs will be available and 300 more when the hotel enters its operational phase.
He said most of the jobs will be made available to Dominicans.
“We would have failed in our ambition if the vast majority of these are not from the island of Dominica,” Asaria noted.
He added that his company is willing to engage with the private sector as much as possible when the hotel is being constructed.
“For this project to succeed we need the support of the local busness communities across the spectrum,” he noted.
He stated that the hotel will be spectactular and ultra-luxurious.
“If you look at my company’s background and pedigree, we are known for working with some of the best hotel brands, be that the Park Hyde in St. Kitts and Kepenski in Dominica,” Asaria stated.
He described the location at Cabrits as superb.
“The beach is spectular, there are amazing views from the location and I think the discerning clientele, which this hotel will attract, will find this as their home away from home,” he remarked.
The contract for the construction of the hotel was signed in November 2014 between the government of Dominica, Range Capital Partners LTD and the Kempinski Group.
Earlier this year parliament enacted a piece of legislation to amend the National Parks and Protected Areas Act, Chapter 42:0, extracting 15 acres of land from the Cabrits National Park for the construction of the hotel.
The hotel is being constructed under the island’s citizen by investment program.