Plans for new five star hotel in Portsmouth progressing satisfactorily

PM Skerrit shares a word with the hotel investors during the signing of the MOU in February
PM Skerrit shares a word with the hotel investors during the signing of the MOU in 2014

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has expressed his satisfaction with the progress of preparatory work for the construction of a new five star luxury hotel in the north of Dominica. Plans for the construction of the luxury hotel through Range Developments under the Kempinski brand are said to be at an advance stage with consultancy on pre-operational research set to take place next month.

The development which will be on the borders of the Cabrits National Park is set to hold one hundred and thirty-one (131) rooms and is an approved project under the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

“The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica is the custodian of the natural heritage and resources of the country. We therefore take our responsibility to protect and preserve our natural assets very seriously. We are encouraged by the environmentally responsible approach that Range Developments has demonstrated so far in building a luxury resort in the proximity of the picturesque and historic Cabrits National Park,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.

On November 7, 2014 The Government of Dominica signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Range Developments for the construction of a luxury hotel in the north of Dominica. Thus far schematic construction designs have been approved by Kempinski and necessary legal and administrative requirements have been honoured.

The Dominica Labour Party Government is committed to attracting private foreign direct investment in the Tourism Sector and will continue to improve the infrastructure that is essential for tourism.

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16 Comments

  1. May 29, 2015

    If people don’t have something good to say or constructed keep quiet. You don’t have to agree with his politics,but if there is possible investment to be made isn’t that good.and if it isn’t good all the negative ones ,come up with a solution.

  2. cc
    May 28, 2015

    I hope they have plans on how to fill these hotels after they are built.

    • Anthony Ismael
      May 28, 2015

      Am, ferry service. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  3. racketeering
    May 28, 2015

    A picture tells a thousand words. What credentials, training, knowledge Skerritt has to face or maske deals with those guys?

    PM Looking subdued, hooked into the deal. No questions asked. 15 acres carved out from Cabrits National Park.

    No Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), But Skerritt spews about Range interested in the environment. It is the contents of an EIA which would at least indicate, and the practices taken in project phases.

    Imagine, historian, in the absence of an EIA concludes there would be no impact. Writes about struggles of our oppressed people re. their land, but today agrees with Skerritt and his DLP Gov’t to give the foreigner 15 acres of our land.

    Our Passports given to foreigner to sell too. So Foreign “investor” come with nothing, man !!!!!!!!

    Dominicans just stand there, seeing themselves, their country and everything that is in it, being sold to the highest bidders, and end up 3rd., 4th. class citizens in their own land.

    • peopleareHILARIOUS
      May 28, 2015

      oh, i think he has the training all right–doesn’t he have a degree from columbia university? he knows what he’s doing; however, it’s all for him and his associates.

      pm doesn’t look subdued, but wily and smug, but look at the guy in the middle–his face seems to show the degree of scorn and contempt he has for us.

  4. May 28, 2015

    Our Country’s blessed redeemer and divine saviour, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit has always worked tirelessly to better the lives of Dominicans and to develop our beloved nation. This five star hotel will bring about employment opportunities to many Dominicans, especially our respected Labour Comrades in the North. The Uneducated Wicked People opposition should really stop criticizing the Great Supreme Leader and thank him for his unrelenting efforts in bringing lucrative and sustainable investments to our shores. Dr. Skerrit personifies BIG MONEY by his handsome looks, impeccable dressing and sophisticated mannerism. His Holiness’ presence makes wealthy foreigners want to just throw millions and billions at his feet. What a dynamic leader! There is no one in the Uneducated Wicked People’s camp that could or would command such prolific adoration. God bless His Majesty, our Knight and Demigod, The Right and Honourable, Dr. Roosevelt M. Skerrit.

    • peopleareHILARIOUS
      May 28, 2015

      let me apologize. i voted your comment down before re-reading it.

      i have to say, i love your mastery of satire. please forgive my utter ignorance in not understanding your gift the first time, LOL! :mrgreen:

    • celia leblanc
      May 29, 2015

      I one hundred percent agree with you labour of lovethese unwanted wicked people are just that unwanted they need to stop spreading these foolishness and let the man do his job he does it well I approve this message

  5. Tampa
    May 28, 2015

    Has an Environmental Impact Assessment been done? If so can it be made public so that we understand how this project will or will not affect the area?

  6. grell
    May 28, 2015

    Skerrit i hope you understand the requirements when you say 5 star hotel,and why isnt this hotel being biult by one of the biggest hotel chains,i see failure.

  7. whose fools?
    May 28, 2015

    I witness in the 21st. century, in my Nature Isle, sons and daughters of freedom fighters against colonial oppression, tearing to threads, the ideals and struggles of our heroes, Bala, Congoree, Leblanc and others. Kalinago and Black freedom fighters fought, died, to preserve that dear, sacred land for all of us.

    Skerritt and his DLP Gov’t carve out, giving away 15 acres. of Cabrits National Park to a foreigner, just like that. Law change in Parliament, just like that. Massa? New slavery?

    The foreigner is still given our passports to sell will-nilly, to whosoever, no accountability, no transparency, $$$$$ making, plenty money making by a few, we in the dark, but our passports selling?

    Whose FOOLS are Dominicans, nuh?

    The 15 acres of land, grabbed by one man, from our Cabrits National Park, to give to an empty-handed foreign”investor,” is nothing short of Madness. No EIA?

    More Mental enslavement, corruption-embracing, dictatorial trends. Who cares until…

  8. alas
    May 28, 2015

    What kind of press statement is this.
    It says nothing about nothing.
    Just like nothing going on at the Moroccan Hotel site.
    What does de public understand by schematic design.
    Talk for people to understand.
    Basically you at earliest of design stage.
    Just show us de final architect/impression….so we see what we should expect to see at de end.
    Talk your talk.
    One thing you not saying is what part we skilled workers in this Dominica will play.
    Chinese project doesn’t give us work…dat is de MOU you sign.
    What percentage of de workforce will be our local skilled workers.
    I know you have your friends to look out for.
    Like de little crew dat was working at ROSS. At least a labor crew.
    Keep talking..tired your tongue.
    Don’t speak to de issues of concern to we Citizens.
    When de project reach de stage of de Moroccan hotel get locals to patch up faults and keep funds flowing.
    You think you have so much head.
    We have head to

  9. derp
    May 28, 2015

    looking at that picture it seems to me Skerrit looks intimidated by the guy in the middle, and he is like hmm yes he has bought it hook link and sinker, I wonder what was in that MOU :mrgreen:

  10. Bull Crap
    May 28, 2015

    You Guys amaze me with all this foolishness, build here build dere but can never finish anything. was their not a hotel being built near Cabrits already. what the word on that.. and by the way, who exactly will be staying in all these so called hotels. lizards cause you sure has hell have no plan in place to 1. improve air access to the island and 2. Lets not even bother talk about the lack of international marking to attract visitors.

    It’s often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Very, very, very often said.

  11. sailsbury farmer
    May 28, 2015

    Are we going to train Dominicans to manage parts of the hotel, or are they going to be maids, cooks, and butlers, did the university of the westindes train us to get some of the most important jobs. What are the people in portsmouth train to do , beg the tourists for crumbs, portsmouth is a basket case , when are they going to get out of that mess. Tell Donald at the college you need massive education in managing hotels, and bottling water, selling stones, how many dominicans own badges and tug boats. Where is par ben in miami tell him to buy a badge and tug boat.

  12. well well well
    May 28, 2015

    So what happen to the other one, that Morocco funded hotel at the base of Cabrits??????? That one is already sinking into the sea from what I have seen. I really dont understand how Skerrit thinks and how his advisers think. They have no strategic plan/s to grow the island’s economy, through tourism development. It is sad that this is the cabinet running the country…….DOMINICA ECONOMY HAS BEEN STAGNANT FOR THE PASS 15 years, with no established plan/s of how to change this around to make a significant impact on the lives of the island’s people.

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