Marriot hotel brand comes to Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday November 21, 2011 – Construction will begin soon on a US$51 million Marriott hotel in the capital following a symbolic sod-turning ceremony yesterday.
President Bharrat Jagdeo expressed satisfaction that the hotel has reached the construction stage, noting that Guyana has been clamoring for accommodation facilities that meet international standards.
“The large flagship hotel that we have in Guyana does not meet the expectation of people who come here… If this country is going to lift itself to world class standards in every area… We also have to make sure that we have world class accommodation and this facility will provide it,” he said.
The hotel will be constructed by China’s Shanghai Construction Group with government required to provide a minority share of the funding.
The hotel will boast 197 rooms, a large ballroom, conference centre, a casino, nightclub, restaurant, a concrete walkway and other amenities.
President Jagdeo said the construction of a Marriott branch here has prompted interest from two other reputable hotel establishments, which he did not name.
Meanwhile, the government has signed a contract for a modern airport that will include an extended runway by another 3,500 feet to accommodate any category of aircraft, eight or more air bridges, a huge ramp area and duty free shop among other amenities.
The project is expected to be complete within two years.
“We believe that sometime next year you will see a major shift in airlift in Guyana because the market now is underserved, prices are too high and more people want to come here,” President Jagdeo announced.