ROSEAU, Dominica – During an address to the Dominican diaspora in New York, the Minister of Trade, Energy, and Employment, Ian Douglas, revealed that the highly anticipated Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica would be employing 340 Dominicans once opened. Minister Douglas disclosed that the interview process had begun for various positions at the resort, which is expected to open its doors in three months.
Cabrits Resort Kempinski is one of the eco-conscious hotels and resorts debuting on the island this year. Hailed as a ‘hideaway resort’, it is cleverly designed between the Caribbean Sea and the Cabrits National Park. Located in Dominica’s second-largest town, Portsmouth, the 151-room five-star resort will offer world-class amenities, including a full-service spa, tennis courts, modern fitness facilities, as well as spaces for weddings, meetings, and conferences. The resort has already received international attention from the likes of Forbes, naming it one of the most anticipated Caribbean hotel openings this year.
Range Developments completion of Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski an iconic and transformative resort for the Dominican tourism landscape, in much that same as Park Hyatt St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada, are testaments to its dedication to the Caribbean.
Range Developments is an international property developer focusing on high-end hotel resorts in the Caribbean that are well-designed, sustainable and desirable.
Range Development has fully integrated itself into Dominica’s social and economic core underpinning in addition to its Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) activities in agriculture, education, sports, and support for communities island-wide.
Recently, Michael Schoonewagen, General Manager, Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica, addressed the impact of the hotel to the local economy, how to optimize business opportunities to work hand in hand to meet the criteria of service standards necessary in a five-star hotel, and the support that Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica would be able to give to local enterprises.
With reservations now available, the resort is already generating a lot of interest. During a recent visit to the construction site, prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit said it was, “a good, positive sign that within five days or so [of accepting reservations], they’ve gotten quite a number of bookings and the bookings are increasing as the days go by.” Skerrit also highlighted the ancillary businesses and opportunities that new hotels like Kempinski will present to all Dominican citizens.
Dominica’s eco-tourism boom is financially supported and maintained by the island’s successful Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme. The initiative enables investors to either make a one-time contribution to a government-held fund or buy into shares of selected real estate, such as Cabrits Resort Kempinski or another six options, in exchange for Dominican citizenship.
After passing all due diligence checks, successful applicants gain access to visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to approximately 140 destinations, increased business opportunities and the possibility to pass down their citizenship to future generations.
Revenue generated from the Economic Diversification Fund is then directed into several areas of Dominican society including healthcare, education, climate resilience, tourism, infrastructure and more.
For the last two years, Dominica has been ranked as offering the world’s best economic citizenship by the Financial Times’ Professional Wealth Management magazine, particularly for its efficiency, affordability and high due diligence standards.