Kingston’s Tourism to be Improved by AC Marriott; says Bartlett

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Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister, stated recently that the new 220-room AC Marriott Kingston Hotel which is expected to commence accommodating guests on June 17, depicts a fantastic extension to Kingston’s tourism market. During a demonstration presented by Sandals/ATL Group’s Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart, and joined by the hotel’s General Manager, Koen Hietbrink and Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor/Strategist, Minister Bartlett stated that AC Marriott Kingston Hotel will dramatically improve the marketing and development of Kingston as a viable City Tourism destination.

The walk-through on Friday, came a day after Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Bartlett and a slew of Government, diplomatic and private sector leaders joined the formal inauguration of the Evan Williams and Joe Bogdanovich-led boutique, a multi-storey R Hotel on Renfrew Road in New Kingston. There was also a 2020 inauguration revelation of the new Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel on property possessed by PanJam Investment Limited on the urban Kingston waterfront. That multi-function complex will involve retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.

Bartlett further stated that the presence of products like these will add to the statement that Kingston wants to make, that it has arrived, and that it is ready for the status of a big city tourism destination. Everyone is excited about building out these very important elements of what true City Tourism is about. The AC Marriott, fashioned by Synergy Design Studios, is a Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart-led Sandals Resorts International development situated on Lady Musgrave Road in the New Kingston/Golden Triangle area of Kingston and annexes the family-owned ATL Automotive Group’s BMW and MINI showrooms. The hotel depicts the family’s first major tourism enterprise exterior of its Sandals/Beaches resorts trademark.

Special Features of the Hotel

The hotel has 10 rooms that are fashioned to board wheelchair-bound guests and 17 rooms for guests who are hearing-impaired. It also contains 200 solar panels, energy-efficient glass, electric car-charging stations, plenty of Jamaican art pieces, as well as a check-in desk that helps the guests with special needs.

The AC Marriott in Kingston is very unique. It is not just a facility that enables people to walk in, sleep at night or have a drink. It is a place for recreation, rest and conversation. But more importantly, it is also a creative centre where people will get a chance to enjoy the culture while making a contribution to local development, stated Bartlett. Other exclusive features of the hotel include 18,600 square feet of meeting space in three separate rooms, the largest being the prime ballroom with the space to hold 600 people. It also houses a Starbucks, Laundromat, a fully-equipped gym, restaurant, bar and AC store.

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