Antonio Hernandez, Director, International Division H10 Hotels, has ascribed Jamaica’s friendly investment climate to their investment in two five-star, all-inclusive hotels totalling 957 rooms in the country within two years.
Last week the H10 Hotel group officially opened the 444-suite Ocean Eden Bay facility beside the Ocean Coral Spring property which was opened in December 2019 in Trelawny.
Hernandez was also elated that last week’s official opening of the Ocean Eden Bay property was the first hotel opened in Jamaica since the outbreak of COVID-19.
“We are especially proud to be the first hotel in Jamaica that opens after the outbreak of COVID-19 and despite of the enormous uncertainty that still threatens the recovery of our business in the wake of omicron in the last weeks. I believe that this property and this ceremony witness our strong confidence in Jamaica as an investment-friendly country and as a successful top tourism destination,” said Hernandez.
In fact, he hailed Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Jamaican Government for supporting H10 in their investment in the country.
“I can perfectly remember the ground-breaking ceremony on February 6th, 2019, on these same grounds. At that ceremony, we were also honoured by the presence of Most Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Holness as the keynote speaker, and by hearing his words of support to the project and realising his determination to build a truly prosperous Jamaica, we were able to understand why he is commonly referred to as the ‘builder’.
“It is without a doubt because of the welcoming business environment that you have created that we decided to invest in Jamaica, and that we are here today celebrating the completion of this project,” Hernandez further stated.
From left, Custos of Trelawny, Hugh Gentles; Antonio Hernandez, Director, International Division H10 Hotels; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, and Falmouth Mayor, Colin Gager, prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open Ocean Eden Bay in Trelawny last week.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said he is proud that Jamaica is commanding the continued confidence of major players in global tourism.
“So, it’s a real joy to share in this occasion as H10 Hotels officially opens the doors to its latest Caribbean offering – the 444-suite, all-inclusive Ocean Eden Bay. They say hotel construction and renovations are key indicators of a tourism industry’s economic health and confidence. This investment – the second by H10 in as many years – demonstrates the Spanish’s hotel chain’s confidence in Jamaica as a premier destination not only in the region, but globally,” stated Bartlett.