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Tourism Minister dispatches high level team to Royalton Negril Resort

Ministry of Tourism | 2016-05-10 00:00:00

Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett has dispatched a high level team from the Ministry to visit The Royalton Negril Resort and Spa, Westmoreland where a section of the building, which is under construction, collapsed this morning injuring several workers, some of whom are now trapped. The hotel is located on the site of the former Grande Lido Negril, which was demolished.

The Minister who is overseas on official business said “we are very concerned about the safety and well being of the construction workers and hope that they will all make it through this ordeal. They are in my prayers. As part of the Ministry’s emergency response mechanism I am sending a team to visit the property immediately and provide whatever assistance they can. The team will also report to me regarding the situation on the ground.”

The team is being led by the Ministry of Tourism’s Senior Director of Technical Services, David Dobson and includes Chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Ian Dear, Executive Director of TPDCo, Dennis Hickey, Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, Senior Communications Strategist, Delano Seiveright and other government officials.

Minister Bartlett is currently participating in the 103rd Session of the Executive Council (EC) of the UNWTO, which is being held at the Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Málaga, Spain from May 9-11, 2016. The Minister is being accompanied by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Jennifer Griffith. He will return to the island on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

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