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February 6, 2018

Supplier News: Ritz Into St. Kitts + Protea Into North Africa




Major hotel brands announced their expansion into new destination this week in supplier news affecting the meetings and events industry. 

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Ritz-Carlton to Bring More Luxury Event Space to St. Kitts

Meeting planners will have another major luxury hotel brand to choose from soon when booking St. Kitts. Ritz-Carlton has announced plans for a new luxury resort on the Caribbean island’s southeast peninsula in 2021, as part of a management agreement with The Liamuiga Corporation.

The proposed 125-room Ritz-Carlton Resort will serve as the anchor of a larger development project by Liamuiga. It will be set on the beach, facing the Caribbean sea, and will also incorporate 25 Ritz-Carlton branded luxury villas and residences. Notable amenities will include a spa, several swimming pools set in the tropical landscape, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, and meeting spaces.

In a statement announcing the decision, the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce, noted that the addition of the Ritz-Carlton brand would help the island to continue to target the discerning, experiential traveler. It will also create 300 construction jobs on the island, as well as 250 jobs once the resort is operational.

The project makes Ritz-Carlton the latest luxury hotel brand to debut on St. Kitts, following the opening of the Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour last year. That 126-room beachfront resort is also on the island’s southeast peninsula, with all rooms and suites overlooking Banana Bay. The hotel also has three restaurants, a destination spa and indoor and outdoor event spaces.

Design details on the new Ritz-Carlton project have not yet been announced.

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Marriott’s Protea Brand Expands Into North Africa

Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International, Inc. has announced its expansion into North Africa with the opening of Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine, Algeria. Strategically located in close proximity to the airport, the hotel is within walking distance of most major city attractions such as the Cirta Museum, the Ahmed Bey Castle, Le Monument Aux Morts, and the iconic seven bridges, a symbol that defines the uniqueness of the city. 

“Protea Hotels by Marriott is a leading hotel brand in Africa with a significant footprint in Sub- Saharan Africa,” said Volker Heiden, Vice President Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, in a written statement.  

The hotel’s 72 guest rooms spread over six floors provide views of the scenic city. Additional facilities include two boardrooms and a ballroom. 

Popularly referred to Algeria’s “City of Bridges,” Constantine is set above the swirling waters of the Rhumel River, with ruins that reflect a 2000-year-old history.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine joins Marriott International’s portfolio of seven operating hotels in Algeria including Constantine Marriott Hotel, Renaissance Tlemcen, Sheraton Annaba, Sheraton Club des Pins, Sheraton Oran, Le Meridien Oran and Four Points by Sheraton Oran.

New Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman to Have Island’s Largest Function Space

The Hyatt brand is returning to Grand Cayman in the form of a new Grand Hyatt hotel that will have the island’s largest function space. As part of a franchise agreement between a Hyatt affiliate and Pageant Beach Hotel Ltd., the 351-room Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residents is expected to open by the fourth quarter of 2020. 

Located on a 7.1 acre site on the famous Seven Mile Beach, the resort is planned to have 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, which will make it the largest function space in the Cayman Islands. It will also  have 351 guest rooms, studio suites, and, one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts along a seafront eco-walk that will celebrate the diverse ecology of Grand Cayman. Additional amenities include six distinct food and beverage venues, a 9,000-square-foot destination spa and fitness center, three swimming pools, retail shops, a kids club, and a screening room. 

Situated along the southern end of West Bay Road, the hotel and residences will be located less than one mile away from George Town’s city center and only 10 minutes from Owen Roberts International Airport.

The hotel will be managed by an affiliate of Aimbridge Hospitality, one of the largest independent hotel investment and management firms in North America and the Caribbean. An affiliate of Pageant Beach Hotel Ltd. will offer a rental program for the residences that will allow participating owners, when not occupying their residences, to have Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman rent their residences to hotel guests.

Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences will mark the return of the Hyatt brand to Grand Cayman, an island with a number of natural attractions including the blow holes in the East End district, the Mastic Trail that runs north to south through the center of the island, the Hell limestone formations in the West Bay, and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Water sports, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, are popular activities on Grand Cayman as the island is known for its coral reefs and underwater sea walls along with a number of famous shipwreck dive sites.


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