St. Kitts' oldest four-star boutique hotel closes

      St. Kitts' oldest four-star  boutique hotel closes

Ocean Terrace Inn

 

ST. KITTS--St. Kitts’ oldest boutique hotel, transformed into a four-star resort with a US $5 million loan from the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), is closing its doors permanently, sending some 50 persons on the breadline.

  A statement from TDC Chairman Earl Kelly Thursday said as a result of continuing losses at the hotel, exacerbated by the impact of the corona virus pandemic, which has decimated the local and international hospitality and travel sectors, Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) will close its doors permanently on March 30.

  Ocean Inn stretches back to 1969, when a private home was turned into a hotel with a loan from the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), guaranteed by the then St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration of Robert Bradshaw. OTI expanded over the years to become one of St. Kitts’ most popular tourist accommodations.

  A US $5 million loan from the Sugar Diversification Foundation (SIDF) in 2013 saw substantial improvements made to the hotel plant, infrastructure and amenities, including technologies to reduce the hotels’ energy demand as well as state of art information and telecommunication platform.

  “It is improving an iconic property. Ocean Terrace Inn has been the symbol of tourism in the heart of Basseterre and is very, very, significant for us, not only as a government, but as a people. The refurbishment of this property has been a long time in waiting and has eventually arrived,” said then Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas during a tour of the construction site in 2014.

  He said at the time that the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation, one of the options of the Citizenship by Investment Programme, “is to provide the necessary capital to improve on the infrastructure generally of the country and to provide incentives during a period of prolonged global, economic and financial recession.”