#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 27, 2018 – Five golden-coloured shovels adorned with turquoise ribbons and matching hard hats cemented a seven-year courtship which is touted to bring 317 rooms and villa residences in a new 12-storey hotel development to Grace Bay Beach.
The project, with the help of Turks and Caicos Islands realtor, Walter Gardiner, in late 2017 finally received the nod of approval from the Physical Planning Department to go forward with the controversial construction and now, according to the country’s Premier the knot is tied.
“The Turks and Caicos and #RitzCarlton and the Desarrollos Group have flirted for many years, and today on this beautiful Grace Bay Beach we are all at a destination wedding. A destination wedding of huge proportions, today before God and man we promise to come together to deliver a new experience for visitors to our shores, joining a family of strong members who are equally as excited,” said Hon Sharlene Robinson.
Members of the former government administration were on hand too; then Premier Rufus Ewing with the Governor and Finance Minister announced the Memorandum of Understanding for the project, which at the time was projected at $224 million – that was in 2015.
Premier Robinson commended the Planning Department team for its work in ushering the #DesarrollosGroup project to the point of a ground breaking ceremony. It was additionally a bonus morsel that the turning of the sand at the new home of the hotel came just days after the Turks and Caicos learned that it had secured the enviable top spot on a TripAdvisor list.
“We are again on the World’s Best Beach and I say congratulations to you on being able to get a slice of the World’s Best Beach.”
The Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson in her remarks at the ground breaking on Monday afternoon explained that a new thrust for tourism in the Turks and Caicos will under-gird this and other industry partners.
“And with my Government’s endorsement last week of a new tourism strategic direction, we are on the cusp of ensuring that we remain a well sought after destination, consistent with the strong TCI brand that many continue to work to maintain.”
Mr. Gardiner, in an interview with the Turks and Caicos Weekly News explained once work begins, it will be a six day work week – Mondays to Saturdays from 7am to 5pm.
Already 75 per cent of the residences at the property are sold, the total construction period is three years and there are projected to be two phases of construction.