“Tourism Minister is at this late stage, seeking to have talks with Playa in a bid to ascertain whether or not they will in fact be purchasing Rose Hall Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Hotel.”
Opposition Spokesman on Tourism & Travel Services, Mr. Edmund Bartlett, is today expressing shock and disbelief at news that Tourism Minister, Dr. Wykeham McNeil, is at this late stage, seeking to have talks with Playa in a bid to ascertain whether or not they will in fact be purchasing Rose Hall Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Mr. Bartlett argued that it has been well over a week since the initial announcement of the Ritz’s imminent closure and the impending sale. It is most disturbing he outlined, that the Minister, who should have been proactive and on the ball from the very outset, is only now moving to confirm whether or not the sale of the Ritz to Playa is on.
“This development speaks voluminously to the extent to which the Minister has fallen asleep on the job and is completely out of touch with developments which have far-reaching implications for the tourism sector” Said Bartlett.
“What is even more disturbing is that the Government itself is a 15% shareholder in the property, and for the Minister to signal his intention to ascertain the facts by way of statements in the press this late in the day, it is clear to us that what we are witnessing are degrees of lacklustre leadership and tardiness of immense proportions.
The Opposition Spokesman went on to point out that the plight of the over 400 workers is foremost in his considerations at this time, and argued that the Minister has up to now, said nothing regarding the fate of these workers who, as it stands, are set to be separated from their jobs.
In closing, Mr. Bartlett said: “The minister’s stewardship leaves much to be desired, and as it stands, we have little doubt as to why the tourism sector under his watch is in the undesirable state it is in; with key performance indicators such as arrivals and earnings this past winter-tourist season trending in the wrong direction.”