Royalton Hotel has announced that it will reopen on 29th November, 2020. While this is welcomed news for an industry decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, one senior government official has said that this will depend on when Canadian borders are reopened.
The hotel is owned by the Sunwing Travel group which also owns Sunwing Airlines.
The closure of Canada’s borders has affected Sunwing Airlines ability to fly passengers to its many destinations. Sunwing’s inability to transport passengers out of Canada led to its decision to not renew the management contract of the Jolly Beach hotel which has since been put up for sale. The Royalton Hotel is also assuring potential guests they are putting safety first and have increased their health and safety protocols with advanced cleaning measures. They will now also offer free medical assistance for direct bookings through www.royaltonresorts.com.
In March this year, approximately 500 workers employed by Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa were laid off due to a significant decline in bookings as a result of the spread of COVID-19. The Royalton opened for business in 2019. The 294 room resort, located on the site of the former Royal Antiguan Resort, employed a large number of Antiguans and Barbudans on a full and part time basis. It is unclear how many of those that were laid off will return to the hotel when it reopens.