Final design of Park Hyatt St. Kitts approved, Minister Skerritt says project vital to future economic growth of Federation

Mohammed Asaria, Vice Chairman of Range Developments (left), Hon. Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts & Nevis’ Minister of Tourism & International Transport and Rakesh Sarna, Americas Group President of Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Mohammed Asaria, Vice Chairman of Range Developments (left), Hon. Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts & Nevis’ Minister of Tourism & International Transport and Rakesh Sarna, Americas Group President of Hyatt Hotels Corporation

(CUOPM) – Final designs for the Park Hyatt St. Kitts have been approved at meeting in Chicago.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt said the project is vital to the future economic growth of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“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 Minister Skerritt.

Final designs for the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, have now been reviewed and approved by Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s senior executive management team and project designers.

The plans for Park Hyatt St. Kitts, finalised at a meeting in Chicago on 11 November, 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 and Nevisians, well in advance of the resort’s opening, in delivering a luxury destination experience and managing an offshore resort.

Americas Group President of Hyatt Hotels Corporation Rakesh Sarna   said he was delighted to have achieved this significant stage in the development of Park Hyatt St. Kitts.

“It is an exciting time to see the plans for this hotel come to life, through its stunning design,” he said.

“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.

He said he was looking forward to delivering one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean, in line with the expectations of the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

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.

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.

Range Developments is a leading real estate developer operating in niche markets around the world. Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a worldwide portfolio of 535 properties in 47 countries as of September 30, 2013.

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