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M-A-2017Basseterre, St. Kitts, 18th November, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) - The economic impact of the Park Hyatt Hotel, opened early November 2017, is already being felt throughout the federation, said Mohammed Asaria, vice chairman of Range Developments, the developers of the Park Hyatt Hotel.

 

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, 17th November, Asario stated, “The benefits of this hotel are already being felt throughout the whole economy of St. Kitts and Nevis."


He continued, "That’s not just on the 20 acres, or the Southeast Peninsula, that benefits are being felt from Charlestown to Basseterre, from New Castle to St. Peter’s, the whole island is beginning to benefit from the economic impact the Park Hyatt is having."

 

According to the chairman, the 134-room and suites hotel is employing directly 320 individuals and somewhere between 75% and 90% more indirectly.

 

One of the features of the recruitment strategy was to conduct weekly community outreach where job interviews were done within the communities of potential applicants. According to Asaria, it made access easier for applicants.

 

Asaria was pleased with the outcome of of the hiring practices. He said, “Out of the 320 permanent employees, 94 per cent are from the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. I think that is an incredible result, and it has not happened by accident. And, it is not just the employees, the staff that make up the hotel, it is also the opportunities, the hotel provides, for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

 

The Range chairman talked about making St. Kitts being at the centre of the hotel, “We have brought the best product in, and it is complimented by the heart of St. Kitts and Nevis. What everyone who stayed here said is that they feel the soul of the hotel is St. Kitts and Nevis. That is what we really try to achieve.”




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