By Abigayle McIntosh
Negotiations are currently taking place between the government and two hotel brands for the acquisition of a portion of the unutilized space at Jolly Beach Resort.
The interested brands are looking to purchase around 2 acres of the inactive resort. It’s worth noting that a different portion of the hotel, located on the island’s southern side, was previously sold to Ambassador Calvin Ayre for a Nikki Beach-style venture.
Tourism Minister Charles Max Fernandez did not provide specific details but assured that the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda and Prime Minister Gaston Browne are actively exploring options.
He mentioned that the government has received offers from the interested brands, but nothing has been finalized yet. The Prime Minister was present in one of the meetings this week.
The Minister declined to disclose the names of the interested hotel brands until a formal agreement has been reached, but he confirmed that the negotiations are real.
He said, “Once we have something firm, then we will make the announcement.”
Last year, Elite Island Resort leased a part of the property. With the hope that the rest of the property will soon be in operation, the government is keen to explore all available options.