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Melia expands footprints to Jamaica

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Meliá Braco Village’s general manager, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, shares lens time with Anushca-Mai Walton.
Two of the most dapper hoteliers in the country, Armando Puzzuti (left) and Emilio Huhn.
From left: Billy Craig’s William Craig, Iberostar’s Philipp Hofer and VIP Attraction’s Carlos Moleon.
From left: Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Edmund Bartlett; president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, William Mahfood; and Island Routes’ David Shields.
From left: President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Ron McKay; permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Collette Roberts-Risden; and Anbell’s managing director, Andrew Pairman, at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Meliá Braco Village.
Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, and regional director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Janice Allen.
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn and Raynold McFarlane, chartered accountant, share lens time at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Meliá Braco Village last Friday in Trelawny.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Melia, an international leader in resort management, has expanded its footprints to Jamaica.

Last Friday, the Spanish group unveiled plans for the new Meli· Braco Village in Trelawny. The 226-room hotel is owned by the National Insurance Fund (NIF).

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, the hotel's general manager, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, told the large gathering of guests that Jamaica was a long-awaited destination for Melia Hotels International.

In fact, the English-speaking island has been a major focus of the hotel group's global expansion strategy.

hundreds of jobs

Excited about the prospects of providing hundreds of jobs to Jamaicans, Kosvogiannis is boasting of an all-Jamaican team of contractors.

The colonial-style property, formerly operated by SuperClubs, is home to the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean, and features several restaurants and a variety of bars, pools and spas. The property will undergo a comprehensive renovation.

"Once it is adapted to the high standards of the Melia brand and the newly heightened quality of the destination, the property will be managed as an upscale Melia International all-inclusive hotel," said Kosvogiannis.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com