Principals of the Anichi Resort and Spa hosted Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and members of his cabinet in a ground breaking ceremony for the 120-room property to be built in the northern town of Portsmouth, Dominica.
This boutique property will be operated by Trust Hospitality under the Autograph Collection Hotels brand of Marriott and is expected to open in late 2019.
“This ground breaking ceremony is particularly relevant post Hurricane Maria, as it shows the resiliency of our people while instilling trust in the economic climate and hope in the tourism industry in Dominica,” said Alick Lawrence, CEO of Anichi Development, in a written release.
The project is funded from the real estate component of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program.
Thus far, three of the approved hospitality projects under the real estate component of the CBI program have begun construction. In addition to Anichi Resort and Spa, the Cabrits Resort Kempinski, Dominica with 160 rooms and the Jungle Bay Resorts and Spa with 120 rooms are both expected to begin welcoming guests in early 2019.
And as far as cruise news goes, Dominica welcomed its first cruise call since the island was hit by Hurricane Maria when the Mein Schiff 3, part of German cruise brand TUI Cruises, visited the destination on January 28. The visit, which brought more than 2,000 cruise passengers, marked the first major cruise call to the island and the first call to the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth since the powerful category 5 storm struck the island in September. A smaller ship, the Sea Cloud II of Sea Cloud Cruises, called at the destination on December 29.