JAM-IberostarRoseHallSpanish hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts will open two properties in Jamaica by the end of year, bringing to 16 the number of resorts in its Caribbean and Mexico portfolio.

Iberostar has eight properties in Mexico, five in the Dominican Republic and one in Jamaica, and plans to unfurl its flag in Puerto Vallarta by 2011, according to John Long, vice president, sales and marketing.

"We're definitely looking at expansion in the region, primarily in the Spanish-speaking destinations," Long said.

Opening in October is the 319-unit Iberostar Suites Rose Hall, followed by the 295-suite Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in December, both in Jamaica's Montego Bay area. The company’s existing 366-room Iberostar Rose Hall Beach resort is adjacent to the two new properties.

Also opening in December is the 274-suite Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The resort's 18-hole golf course will open next April.

“We launched our Grand Collection in 2007 with our Riviera Maya property," Long said. "The concept is adults-only resorts with butler service, a variety of dining options, spas and luxury. Already we have repeat customers and we will continue to expand that brand."

The Grand Collection includes the Grand Amazon cruise ship that offers luxury cruises on the Amazon River. Iberostar has three resorts in Brazil and will open a fourth in October.

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