PHILIPSBURG– St. Maarten is one step closer to a significant increase in its hotel room inventory and visibility with the connection to a brand name resort with the approval of the building permits for the new Planet Hollywood St. Maarten Beach Resort by government.
Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Minister Cornelius de Weever signed off on the permit on Thursday. He and representatives of the ministry met with resort representatives at the site to discuss the further kick-off of the 14-storey all-inclusive resort.
Construction is expected to commence in the coming days and will take some 18 months to be completed.
The new 450-room resort will be built on Great Bay Beach with a view to Port St. Maarten. It will occupy the spot of the once hurricane-ravaged, now demolished Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino. The property is in the hands of the Canada-based Sunwing Travel Group. Balaclava N.V. is the company that will construct the new resort.
The developer, when announcing the project in September 2018, said it estimates that when the resort opens it will employ close to 1,000 people at a ratio of 2.1 per room. In keeping with its employment policy at its other properties in the Caribbean, including St. Lucia, Sunwing has said it is committed to maintaining a 97 per cent local employment rate with only three per cent of jobs earmarked for expatriates.
This St. Maarten venture represent the first Caribbean island property for the Planet Hollywood Hotels brand, which is branching out from a small portfolio of properties in Las Vegas, Nevada; and Goa, India.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/89859-permit-granted-for-14-storey-new-planet-hollywood-resort