Owner of the new Jungle Bay Resort, to be built in the southern community of Soufriere under the Citizenship by Investment Program, has said that as construction of the facility gets underway, many jobs will be provided for residents in and outside the area.
Addressing a meeting of members of the community at the Soufriere Church Hall on Monday night, Raphael said construction is expected to begin before the end of this year and around 200 people will be fully employed at its peak.
“So the plan is to commence construction in this year,” he said. “Phase one is the construction, so we will be hiring maybe a little more, maybe a little less, but I think around 100 people.”
He added that in 2018 before the construction phase is completed, a further 100 people will be hired, bringing the total to 200 full-time employees.
“So people of Soufriere be ready we are going to be hiring a lot of people,” Raphael noted. “Soufriere doesn’t have that so instead of people leaving Soufriere to go and find work, people will be coming to Soufriere to look for work. Whether you are a carpenter, whether you are a mason, whatever it is, we will need all hands on deck in construction.”
But that is not all for Raphael said after the construction phase is over, other people will be hired or people will benefit from the presence of the hotel in the area.
“When the hotel is opened, it’s not just the 100 jobs we will have but we will need people to farm, and it’s between the farmers, the people that fish, the people who provide all types of services,” he stated. “We need a lot of entrepreneurs around that will provide those services because not everything the hotel will provide. So it’s about 150 households permanently that his project will support and again the project will be financed under the Citizenship by Investment Program.”
Raphael gave a sneak peek into what the facility will look like after construction.
“It is about 120 villa suites but in terms of the buildings, there will be 60 of them where the guests will stay,” he remarked. “We going to have an inside and outdoor restaurant that host maybe 150 people.”
In May, Raphael announced that he will be relocating Jungle Bay Resort to Soufriere because the facility, located in Delices on the eastern coast of the island, was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015.
The new resort will be constructed in an area called Morne Acouma.