By story-editor – January 18, 2019
(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- Upon its completion, the 273-suite St. Kitts Ramada Hotel has the potential to significantly transform the Whitegate area, while at the same time attract new business ventures to the rural parts of the country, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for Constituency Five, the Honourable Shawn Richards. As those new businesses come into place in the coming years/months, there will be plenty of job opportunities arising along with much more tourism in the area, so they need to ensure they have everything correct and ready in time. The correct facilities, equipment, health and safety measurements in place for employees, and even the privacy of a registered office address located somewhere like London, to ensure all the legal requirements for a business are met. This new construction is is bound to transform the community.
Richards shared those thoughts following a tour of the St. Kitts Ramada Hotel construction site.
“When I reflect on the fact that for the most part, persons in this part of the country traverse on a daily basis to Basseterre whether it is to seek employment, to undertake business or even for recreational purposes, this hotel holds much potential in terms of changing the landscape within this particular area and the environs,” observed Richards.
“In addition to its potential of being a springboard for the creation of new businesses, the St. Kitts Ramada Hotel is also expected to provide employment opportunities for around 300 citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis during its operational phase,” said Richards. “When we look at the private sector, perhaps with the exception of Harowe Servo Control, outside of the Basseterre area there isn’t a next single private entity which employs as many persons as this hotel is expected to employ.
“[St. Kitts Ramada Hotel] therefore has the potential to attract other businesses in the area, be it for recreational purposes, be it businesses such as banks to service persons who will be working here to service the many tourists that we can expect in this area of the island,” said Richards.
The first phase of the St. Kitts Ramada Hotel is expected to open to the public in September, 2019.