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  • Jamaicans are very capable and highly skilled and can make valuable contributions to the development of the company.
  • The world’s largest resort hotel company, Melia Hotels International with over 370 hotels worldwide, commences a massive refurbishment that is poised to create a new era in Jamaica’s hospitality sector.

General Manager of the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny, Dimitris Kosvogiannis says with Melia Hotels International’s entry into the Jamaican hospitality sector, priority will be placed on providing employment for Jamaican workers.

Mr. Kosvogiannis, who was speaking at a groundbreaking event to launch the Melia Braco Village in Braco Trelawny on April 24, said Jamaicans are very capable and highly skilled and can make valuable contributions to the development of the company.

“Melia hotels understand that they cannot exist in a vacuum. Melia understands that to be an innovator and pioneer and leader, they must respect, adopt, follow and include in their everyday life, local customs, tradition and the right of every Jamaican to be employed, prosper and develop. As a matter of fact, I consider it my solemn duty to assure that we optimize the Jamaican labour force,” Mr. Kosvogiannis said.

He stated that Melia Braco Village will be the first Spanish project in the tourism industry that will be completed and executed entirely by Jamaican firms.

He said the fact that Melia has taken that position should serve as the bench mark for other foreign investors to follow and give Jamaican professionals at all levels, a fair opportunity to take advantage of the job opportunities which will become available.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kosvogiannis said Melia Hotels will be breaking new grounds in the Jamaican hospitality sector and will ensure that its world class brand becomes a trend setter.

“The world’s largest resort hotel company, Melia Hotels International with over 370 hotels worldwide, commences a massive refurbishment that is poised to create a new era in Jamaica’s hospitality sector. Melia Hotels brings with it, not only personalized and exquisite level of service, but a philosophy that is beyond an experience…it is a lifestyle,” he said.

 

Mr. Kosvogiannis stated that when opened in December of this year, the property will cater to both families and couples and will have 475 rooms, up from the present 225.

He further noted that Melia Braco Village will be making a concerted effort to play its role as a corporate citizen in Jamaica, by paying attention to the protection of the environment, community building and the training and upgrading of Team Members.