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Published on : Monday, November 4, 2013
Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, PS for Tourism Anne Lafortune and CEO of the Tourism Board Sherin Naiken met with Directors from the owning company of the Barbarons Beach Hotel in his offices at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture at the National Cultural Centre in Victoria.
The visit by an important delegation from the Currimjee Jeewanjee & Company Ltd group, the Owning Company of the Barbarons Beach Hotel, which was led by Rajah G S Ramdaursingh, the Director for Corporate Strategy and Projects, Zakir H Caunhye, the Manager for Project Developments and Jimmy Lan, General Manager Hospitality & Tourism Cluster was to update the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism on decisions taken by the company with regards to the management of their property and also on their planned hotel upgrading works.
Barbarons Beach Hotel is currently being managed by the Starwood Group under their Le Meridien Hotels brand.The Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Seychelles Tourism Board had been working with the Management and Owning companies of the Barbarons Beach Hotel to see the planned renovation program of the property effected. This message was again reiterated to the Currimjee Jeewanjee & Company Ltd Delegations by Minister St.Ange.
The representatives from the Owning Company of the Barbarons Beach Hotel assured the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism that they were already well underway with works on the Kitchen of the hotel and that upgrading works on the rest of the hotel would be undertaken when the property closes for six months in January.
The Currimjee Jeewanjee & Company Ltd delegation also took the opportunity of the meeting with Minister St.Ange to inform him that the company had already been discussing with the Starwood Group, whose Management Contract of the property comes to an end in December, that they were not intending to renew the Management Contract for their Barbarons Beach Hotel.
Minister St.Ange was informed that the Company was looking to the MINOR Hotel Group Limited, a Thailand based Hotel Management Company with hotels in the Far East, Africa and even Maldives. Sitting in on the meeting was Caroline Stevens, the Vice President for Human Resources for the MINOR Hotel Group Limited. This group is also associated to the ANANTARA Group of Hotels.
Mrs Stevens (nee Albert) is a Seychelloise and already working along side the Currimjee Jeewanjee & Company Ltd Team ahead of their moving to manage the Barbarons Beach Hotel next year.The upgraded hotel will be called the Barbarons Beach AVANI Hotel when it reopens in mid 2014.The Currimjee Jeewanjee & Company Ltd have also met with Minister Idith Alexander, the Minister responsible for Employment and her Team.
Source:- Seychelles Tourism