BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – A native of Australia has been named General Manager of the soon to be opened Park Hyatt St. Kitts.
The agreement for the construction of the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt was signed in Dubai in July 2013 by then St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in the presence of then Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt.
The official groundbreaking for the high-end resort took place June 3rd 2013 with construction starting a few months later.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts will not only be the first Park Hyatt in the Caribbean, but also St. Kitts’ first luxury beach resort.
Julian Moore is a hospitality industry veteran and as General Manager he will oversee all resort operations and its current journey to opening in the summer.
Moore is a said to be a passionate hotelier who started out as a bellman at The Regent in Melbourne, and spent the next three decades in specialized leadership positions from Dubai to Thailand.
Most recently, Moore spent two years as General Manager at Park Hyatt Hadahaa in the Maldives, where the resort garnered prestigious recognition under his guidance. In fact, Moore was recognized as Top General Manager for the Maldives at the 2014 Linara Travel Awards.
Mark Guthrie has been named Director of Sales & Marketing.
The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is one of the many St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) Government-initiated projects which were under completion it left office in February 2015.
At the groundbreaking ceremony in 2013, Prime Minister Douglas said the decision to establish a Park Hyatt Hotel in St. Kitts was in keeping with his Government’s commitment to expand the number of high-end resorts and boutique hotels, not only to enhance the Federation’s appeal to stay-over travellers, but more importantly, to ensure that the stay-over visitors travelling to St. Kitts and Nevis would be able to have the type of overall impact that is being sought.
“This collaboration between your government, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the owners of Christophe Harbour, Range Development, and Park Hyatt to transform Banana Bay from a beautiful part of St. Kitts that has lied dormant for some time, to a-beautiful-part-of-St. Kitts that generates employment, that will be a joint-venture, and which will be having other business opportunities for Kittitians and Nevisians; of course a beautiful part of St. Kitts that will increase revenue flows to the Federal Treasury; and expand the number of exquisite global offerings that Park Hyatt will be able to present to its discerning patrons,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Ricky Skerritt was praised by Dr Douglas for his vision and his skill at leveraging the unique attributes of St. Kitts to benefit those who live on St Kitts and Nevis.
Skerritt said the collaboration between Range Developments, the developers of Christophe Harbour, Park Hyatt, and St. Kitts really represents a very good marriage.
“Your Government has “worketh like hell” in recent years to build the partnership and co-ordination necessary to achieve this development. We have been working especially hard to attract credible investors to undertake a number of economically and socially beneficial projects in the Southeast peninsula and elsewhere. As was predicted to be a critical need by Dr. Towle, this Park Hyatt resort project is the result of the coming together of a number of international and local individuals and groups, partnering with Government in order for this development to actually happen,” said Sen. Skerritt.