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Winter season hires begin

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Hotels with plans to re-open their doors in the coming winter season have begun prospecting for workers, with the Ministry of Tourism confirming that close to 900 were needed for the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zalara in Montego Bay and Melia Braco in Trelawny.

Hyatt, representing the new brand under which the former Ritz Carlton hotel will operate, has advertised for 90 categories of staff, requesting that workers interested come to the Montego Bay Convention Centre on October 15 and Octber 16 with relevant documentation.

The hotel stated that it is holding a special fair for former Ritz Carlton employees only on October 14 for the positions of butlers, housekeepers, launderers, bellmen, lifeguards, water sport personnel, concierges and telephone operator positions, engineers, entertainers, gift shop attendants, purchasing, accounting, loss prevention and landscapers.

Former staff who served as bartenders and hostesses, stewards, all culinary positions and spa attendants will be seen on the 16th.

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment said Hyatt Ziva is scheduled to open in November, 2014 with 387 rooms while the Hyatt Zalara is scheduled to open at the same time with 234 rooms

It said as well that Melia Braco is to be re-opened with some 226 rooms. The Hyatt is scheduled to employ some 700 individuals while the Melia Braco is slated to employ some 180 workers, it noted.

Melia Braco, owned by the National Insurance Fund, is undergoing upgrades estimated at more than $1 billion.

The tourism winter season kicks off annually on December 15.

avia.collinder@gleanerjm.com