Cathy A. Preece / Candice Adams-Kimmel
** Economic & Community Benefits to St. Kitts to Impact in Early 2014 **
Basseterre, St. Kitts – At a meeting held in Chicago on Monday, November 11, 2013, Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s senior executive management team and project designers reviewed and approved the final designs for Park Hyatt St. Kitts, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.
“I am delighted to have achieved this significant stage in the development of Park Hyatt St. Kitts,” said Rakesh Sarna, Americas Group President of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “It is an exciting time to see the plans for this hotel come to life, through its stunning design.”
The plans for Park Hyatt St. Kitts demonstrate a commitment to responsible tourism that is aligned with the sustainable tourism goals of St. Kitts. According to the plans, the development will benefit the island’s local communities in addition to helping to preserve the scenic natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The developers have also committed to commence hiring and training Kittitians & Nevisians, well in advance of the resort’s opening, in delivering a luxury destination experience and managing an offshore resort.
“Not only is the Park Hyatt project vital to the future economic growth of St. Kitts & Nevis, but this meeting has increased my confidence that the project has all the right elements of sustainability embedded in its design. My discussions with Hyatt Hotels and Range’s executives reassured me of their joint commitment to people empowerment and community development, two of the key philosophical underpinnings of our Government,” said Honorable Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts & Nevis’ Minister of Tourism & International Transport.
“We are very pleased to have achieved this milestone in the development process,” said Mohammed Asaria, Vice Chairman of Range Developments, developer of Park Hyatt St. Kitts. “We look forward to delivering one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean, in line with the expectations of the Government and people of St. Kitts & Nevis.”
Most recently, Kier, a global construction company based in the UK and a publicly listed FTSE 250 company, was appointed as the main contractor for Phase One of the construction of Park Hyatt St. Kitts. Kier’s plans for the development include providing employment in construction and maximizing the use of local materials and resources. Approximately 350 construction jobs as well as additional training program jobs are expected to be created in Phase One. In the near future, Kier will commence their recruitment drive in St. Kitts & Nevis.
St. Kitts & Nevis was represented at the executive meeting by the Honorable Ricky Skerritt. Other senior officials attending included Shaun Treacy, Senior Vice President Product & Brand Design, Americas, for Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Kamal Shehada, Development Director, Range Developments; Jim Ryan, Kier Construction; and Simeon Halstead, Arcadia Designs (head of the team of project designers).
Range Developments is a leading real estate developer operating in niche markets around the world. Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a worldwide portfolio of 535 properties in 47 countries as of September 30, 2013.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts will be located at Banana Bay, Christophe Harbour, a 2,500-acre resort community being developed on St. Kitts’ southeast peninsula by Kiawah Developments. Phase One of the resort will include the construction of 134 luxury rooms and related service facilities, conceptualized around a Caribbean village theme. The site includes a long stretch of picturesque golden sand beach and spectacular hillside views across to the nearby sister island of Nevis.
About St. Kitts:
St. Kitts is currently ranked at #2 in a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations and #4 in a list of the 12Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report. Last year, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC. It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. St. Kitts was also named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.
Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the region’s only scenic railway which connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, ziplining, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.
For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail email@example.com, visitwww.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.