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    • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the entrance of Meliá Hotels International into the Jamaican hospitality sector is a vote of confidence in the country as a tourist destination.
    • “This (opening) signals the addition of yet another premier property to Jamaica’s growing top-class resort market,” she said.
    • She noted that Meliá Braco Village represents a fusion of local and international investment capital “to ensure adequate returns on investments as well as national economic development for Jamaica and our people.”

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the entrance of Meliá Hotels International into the Jamaican hospitality sector is a vote of confidence in the country as a tourist destination.

    Addressing the official opening of the Meliá Braco Village in Trelawny on Thursday (January 7), Prime Minister Simpson Miller said the Spanish resort chain, which is one of the largest in the world, adds to several outstanding hotel brands, which currently operate in Jamaica.

    “This (opening) signals the addition of yet another premier property to Jamaica’s growing top-class resort market,” she said.

    She noted that Meliá Braco Village represents a fusion of local and international investment capital “to ensure adequate returns on investments as well as national economic development for Jamaica and our people.”

    The 225-room property, which is owned by the National Insurance Fund (NIF), is being managed by the Meliá Hotel Group under a 15-year lease agreement with the Government. Some US$23.5 million was invested in the renovation of the property.  The hotel, at full occupancy, is expected to employ 450 persons.

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (3rd left), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Meliá Braco Village in Trelawny on Thursday (January 7). Others (from left) are: Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill; General Manager of Meliá Braco, Dimitris Kosvogiannis; Regional Vice President of Meliá Hotels International, Alvaro Schroder; Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour And Social Security, Colette Roberts Risden.