Barbados is set for growth with hotel investment of more than US$1 billion, which will produce some 2,300 rooms over the next five years, reports Caribbean News Now. The news was revealed by the CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing, William Griffith, during a media briefing at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry Conference in Curacao.
Griffith stated that the investment started with the all-inclusive Sandals Barbados, which is scheduled to add some 220 rooms in 2016.
This winter, the Sugar Bay Hotel (formerly Amaryllis) and The Sands (formerly Sandy Beach) will also open their doors as all-inclusive products, adding 300 new rooms. The Wyndham Hotel project at the site of the iconic Sam Lord’s Castle and the Hyatt Hotel in the historic Bridgetown will see the island welcoming two new established global hotel brands by 2018.
In addition, 24 hotels have undergone significant refurbishments in time for the 2016 winter season. The CEO pointed out that Barbados has also made significant strides in both its long-stay and cruise arrivals. He noted that some 432,713 long-stay visitors were recorded at the end of September year-to-date, an increase of 14.5 percent.