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Hotel denies hampering police efforts to secure CONCACAF players

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer



WESTERN BUREAU:

The Hendrickson Group of Companies, operators of the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Montego Bay, is denying having any issues with the police, regarding their presence on the property, while providing security for the female CONCACAF players being housed there.




"It's a standard request that is made to hotels from time to time, whether it relates to diplomats or international teams and we have done it in the past without any problems whatsoever," said Nicola Madden-Greig, the hotel chain's director of sales and marketing.



Madden-Greig, who is currently attending a training seminar in Las Vegas, USA, said she has been in contact with the police and the Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell, since an article, titled 'Police efforts to secure International Women's Football teams being hampered by hotel' was carried online this morning, and they were all surprised by the story.



According to Madden-Greig the hotel hosted the CONCACAF group last year and there was no problem.



Checks with the police high command in Montego Bay revealed that the issue may have been triggered by poor flow of communication.



Police personnel stationed at the property confirmed that a post was set up as early as 9:30 a.m.



An interview with captain Burrell also revealed that CONCACAF was extremely happy with the service from the resort.



"We have worked with the Holiday Inn and the Hendrickson Group in the past and there has been no problems, and we are satisfied with the how the hotel handles our teams," said Burrell.



The hotel group said it found the word 'hampering', which was used in the article very disturbing, particularly in reference to the police.



The group also stated that its general manager is in Las Vegas attending the training seminar.



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