Royalton White Sands now open in Trelawny
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Blue Diamond Hotels has opened a revolutionary 350-room, five-star resort, Royalton White Sands Montego Bay, in western Jamaica.
The resort, formerly Breezes Trelawny, has been positioned as an "all-in connectivity" resort, which offers free in-room calls to North America and most of Europe.
The opening of Royalton has provided employment for 310 persons in the hospitality sector, and that number should increase to 360 within weeks, the group's director of sales and marketing, Kerry Ann Quallo-Casserly, has said.
Dr Wykeham McNeill, minister of tourism and entertainment, told The Gleaner that he was delighted to welcome the Royalton brand to Jamaica.
"It is good to see investment returning to the tourism sector, with projects such as the Hyatt about to start, Riu's new Palace, and Karisma's Sensatori about to open," McNeill said.
The minister said the hotel's presence was certain to produce synergies that would assist in propelling Jamaica to a bumper year in visitor arrivals.
"Even as we have been able to remain on target for a successful year, with approximately 10 per cent of our room inventory off the market, the Royalton's 350 rooms, with their high-quality offering, will help to consolidate Jamaica's position as a destination of choice," the minister said.
The resort, which accepted its first guests last Saturday, is already running at 98 per cent occupancy in the first week of opening, with December trending at 90 per cent, Quallo-Casserly said.