Trelawny’s Time To Shine
It is Trelawny’s time to shine as a tourism resort, with the unprecedented levels of hotel investments in recent years. This on the back of the Falmouth Port development which has catapulted the parish into the tourism spotlight.
Not so long ago, Falmouth was known as a dead, sleepy town. Now it is growing into a town that never sleeps. Virgin lands next to the little over 20 miles of coastal lands in the parish are rapidly being gobbled up by big hotel interests.
Natural Preservation vs Development
Those who care for the preservation of the natural eco-system are mourning. Many watched in dismay as the Excellence (Oyster Bay) went up at what locals called Bush Key.
On the other hand, the government and those who care for development as a priority over preservation of nature, are celebrating yet again.
Ground Broken On Friday For Mega Hotel Development
On Friday, local product, developer Keith Russel, broke ground for his company’s (Amaterra Group) ambitious aim at an eventual 8,000 room property in Stewart Castle. This is adding to the over 2,000 hotel rooms already in the parish.
From The Gleaner.
Trelawny is poised to become the next big resort destination, with the parish attracting billions of dollars in investment in hotel developments over the last several years.
The parish currently has over 2,000 hotel rooms, with more slated to come on stream over the next couple of years.
In November 2016, Royalton Luxury Resorts expanded its portfolio of modern all-inclusive properties with the 228-room Royalton Blue Waters, adjacent to the expanded Royalton White Sands in Cooper’s Pen.
Last October, the 315-suite Excellence Oyster Bay Hotel opened its doors, a US$110 million investment that is providing employment for some 1,500 persons.
Added to this is the development of Ocean Coral Spring by the Spanish hotel chain H10, for which ground was broken in February.
The H10 project is part of a US$250 million development, which, when completed will comprise two five-star, all-inclusive hotels, with 940 rooms.
“It’s now Trelawny’s turn to shine,” said Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who broke ground for the 800-room luxury Amaterra Resort in Stewart Castle on Friday.
Amaterra is part of an integrated resort and residential development being undertaken on 1,000 acres of prime beachfront property located between Jamaica’s two largest resort centres – Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
It includes construction of villas, condominiums, entertainment parks, commercial facilities as well as a special economic zone for logistics, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), manufacturing and support facilities.
Holness told the business leaders and investors at the groundbreaking that the Government is “very impressed” with the economic potential of Trelawny.
He noted that nearly $3 billion has been earmarked for further development of the capital, Falmouth.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the slate of hotel developments in Trelawny form part of a “record wave” of investments in the country’s tourism sector.
He noted that the industry has seen some US$875.91 million in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) between 2015 and 2017, representing 32 per cent of total FDIs over those three years.
“We can now add the Amaterra brand, which happens to be a local brand with international partners, to the list of local resorts,” he said.
Senior strategist in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright, said that “what is currently taking place in Trelawny has been a long time in the making”, adding that the Amaterra project is “massive beyond words.”
“This is a project that will have a multifaceted and positive impact on not just Trelawny but all of Jamaica,” he noted.
“It cannot be overstated the amount of jobs this project will be creating and the kind of positive impact it will have on the parish. Trelawny is now definitely the place to work, live and do business,” he added.
The Amaterra development is the vision of Trelawny businessman and developer Keith Russell.