Grenada official details island's future plans for hotel sector

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GRAND ANSE BEACH, Grenada -- During the gala reopening of the 64-room Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenadas Prime Minister Keith Mitchell addressed tourism executives, government officials and hotel guests regarding future plans for the islands hotel sector.

Although firm details were not revealed, Mitchell announced that Sandals Resorts plans to build a 200-room Beaches property on Grand Anse Beach.  Also being explored, he said, are plans to convert the medical school facility on Grand Anse Beach to a hotel.

Mitchell told attendees that the island has obtained funding to rebuild the Grenada National Stadium Complex in St. George, damaged by Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004, and will reopen hotel rooms prior to the 2007 World Cup Soccer's Super Eight matches, slated for April 10 through 21 next year.

He added that the island will partner with a sports tourism consulting company to fully maximize the island's revenue during the upcoming World Cup matches.

Meanwhile, Mitchell also applauded the February addition of a fourth Air Jamaica nonstop flight from New York's Kennedy Airport and said that American Airlines is eyeing the startup of nonstop flights to the island.

To contact reporter Kristin O'Meara Hillmann, send e-mail to [email protected].

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