Antigua and Barbuda Eyes 3,000 New Hotel Rooms in Five Years

Above: Antigua

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Antigua and Barbuda is eyeing the development of 3,000 new hotel rooms in the next five years, according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

The twin-island state has been on a major development push since Browne’s government entered office, with a host of new projects on stream, most recently the new Robert De Niro-backed hotel in Barbuda.

“We are working assiduously to achieve this goal,” Browne said in a statement this week.

The latest project is the former Hodges Bay Club in Antigua, which is undergoing a rebranding.

Under new owners Jeff Wellamyer and John Goard of JSN Holdings, the property is being rebranded the Resort at Hodges Bay, with a transformation project slated for completion in the middle of 2015.

According to a government estimate, the project will generate around 200 jobs in Antigua.