New Casino On The Cards For Puerto Rico

The governor of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company have been working tirelessly to improve the tourism infrastructure of the island and to upgrade various facilities to accommodate the influx of visitors. Road improvements on the west coast of Puerto Rico, sewerage system improvements, airport upgrades and the creation of a new airport in el Portal del Futuro, have all been in the effort to lure more tourists and be able to offer them all the services they expect. And with all the improvements, came outside interest of luxury hotel groups. It has just been announced that another five start hotel will start construction in Puerto Rico.

Since the start of the various projects to boost the tourism industry in Puerto Rico, six five start hotels have begun to take shape on the island, namely the Rits Carlton (Dorado), Regent Punta Candelero (Humacao), St. Regis (Rio Grande), Condado Verderbilt (San Juan), Fairmont (Cerromar) and the JW Marriot and W Marineau Bay (Vieques). The addition of the Mandarin Oriental Palmas del Mar Resort and Spa is a welcome investment to the island and the Palmas del Mar region.

The economy of the area will increase during and after the construction of the Mandarin Oriental Palmas del Mar Resort and Spa. More than a thousand jobs will be created during the building of the hotel and once it is up and running, five hundred permanent jobs will be available. The hotel will carry a price tag of approximately $300 million and if construction remains on schedule, the Mandarin Oriental Palmas del Mar Resort and Spa will open its doors in 2011. With more than a hundred and eighty exclusive rooms made available by the hotel, the new development will attract international visitors to a different region of Puerto Rico, where they will be able to enjoy the unique services of the Mandarin Oriental Palmas del Mar Resort and Spa, while taking in the magnificence of the natural surroundings. Terestella Gonzales Denton of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, commented on the development, saying: “The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is proud to have ushered in the development of five-star properties on the island, a feat that had never before been accomplished in Puerto Rico. These developments will surely attract a new set of travelers to our island and will have a substantial impact on our economy.”