Thursday 15th November, 2018-The old Royal Antiguan Hotel, to be renamed the Royalton Hotel when it opens early next year, is seeking 100 skilled carpenters and other skilled craftsmen to add the finishing touches to the 300+ rooms that are close to completion.
Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst says the managers of the project are hoping to have the skilled workers labor 24 hours each day, in order to complete the re-building project in a few months.
The Royal Antiguan was sold to a Trinidad investor for an underpriced US$12 million dollars, in 2004, by the past administration; it was government’s property and was fully functional, employing nearly 300 workers at the time.
In 2016, the Gaston Browne administration attracted a Canadian group who purchased the rundown and shuttered property from the Trinidadian investor for US$27 million dollars, or for $15 million dollars more than the 2004 purchaser bought the functioning property.
The Canadian Group will build another hotel on the land across from the lagoon at the Royal Antiguan, which will be just as large as the refurbished Royal Antiguan.
The company is a fully integrated firm, meaning that it owns travel agencies, its own fleet of airplanes, and its own hotels to which it flies it customers. It promises 95% occupancy throughout the year of both properties when completed.