JM | Nov 21, 2022

Jamaicans building over US$600M hotel complex in the Dom Rep

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Another Jamaican plans to open chain of restaurants

Angie Martinez, Dominican Republic ambassador to Jamaica.

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A group of Jamaican businessmen plan to invest hundreds of millions of US dollars in the Dominican Republic’s tourism sector.

This was disclosed by Angie Martinez, the Dominican Republic’s ambassador in Jamaica.

Speaking with the Dom Rep media outlet, Recorriendo con Salvador, the Ambassador reported that agreements are being finalised for the construction of the hotel with an investment of more than US$600 million.

Martinez also announced a new tourist housing construction through an investment fund, which would be a hotel with 200 rooms and 30 villas for US$300 million.

In addition, she disclosed that a young Jamaican entrepreneur is interested in opening a chain of restaurants in Santiago, Santo Domingo, and Las Terrenas.


She was speaking after receiving the new route of the Dom Rep’s low cost airliner, Arajet, which will be traveling directly from Santo Domingo to Kingston. With the start of operations of the Dominican airline, the Ambassador understands that trade, investments, tourism, and cultural exchanges between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are of great importance.

Arajet Airlines made its inaugural flight from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Kingston, Jamaica last Monday (November 14), touching down at the Norman Manley International Airport as dusk turned to nightfall. It was a proud moment for Martinez, who made direct flights between the two countries a top priority of her tenure.

Among those who attended the event were Audley Shaw, minister of transport and mining; Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade; and Senator Aubyn Hill, minister of industry, investment and commerce. A round trip ticket to the Dominican Republic for the one-hour-and-10-minute flight will cost US$260.