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Bartlett: US$1b invested in new and refurbished hotels

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2017 | 2:02 PM

More than US$1 billion have been invested in new and refurbished hotels in Jamaica in the last decade.

That’s according to Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett, who says this has contributed to a significant increase in hotel rooms over the past 20 years.

Nearly 2,400 new hotel rooms were added to the country’s stock last year with an additional 1,035 rooms now under construction and slated to come on stream in 2017.

In addition, 32 high-end rooms and eight two-bedroom apartments are being built at The Renfrew in Kingston, while redevelopment work is underway at the former Wyndham New Kingston Hotel, which was acquired by the Courtleigh Hotel Group.

Bartlett says a major contract has been signed for the largest single development of hotels in Jamaica’s history, being undertaken by Karisma Hotels and Resorts.