Kingston, Jamaica – Some 900 jobs will become available within the next few weeks as two hotels, one in Trelawny and the other in St. Ann, which have been closed, are set to reopen.
The former Grand Lido Braco in Trelawny and the former Super Fun Resort in Runaway Bay, St. Ann will be reopening following yesterday’s signing of lease agreements between the Government and two tourism entities.
Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett in making the announcement said “the 226 room Grand Lido Braco has been leased by Sun Wing Limited and will be operated by Blue Diamond Resorts Limited, while the 226 room Super Fun Resort will now be under the management of Royal DeCameron which currently has two other properties…one in Montego Bay and the other in the Runaway Bay area.”
According to Minister Bartlett “the reopening of these properties comes at the start of the 2011/2012 Winter Tourist Season and will result in some 900 jobs being made available. We signed the Management contracts for the companies to take over the reins of the resorts yesterday and I am looking forward to the reopening.”
Minister Bartlett said the reopening of the resorts, which will bring back some 550 rooms into operation, could not come at a better time as Jamaica is expected to welcome approximately 1.3 million visitors during this winter season.
He said the new operators of the resorts have given their commitment that their engagement with these hotels are long term.
The Grand Lido Braco Resort and the Super Fun Resort were closed earlier this year at the end of a management contract with the Super Clubs Group.
The closures resulted in a number of employees joining the ranks of the unemployed.