A good first year
A “pretty good last quarter” has been reported by Courtyard by Marriott’s general manager Kelly-Ann Mayers, with the hotel registering 80 per cent occupancy at the end of its first year of operation.
This comes after what Mayers described to BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY as a “slow start” for the 118-room hotel located at Hastings, Christ Church.
Courtyard is designed for the business traveller and targets the corporate market.
But according to Mayers, it is also attracting some leisure guests as more decisive forays are being made into the leisure market.
Because of this, access facilities are being constructed across the street from the hotel to provide an exclusive route for Marriott guests to the public beach nearby.
“We may not be a five-diamond resort but we want to be able to deliver – to ensure that when the guests come here, they feel comfortable and they want to return,” Mayers explained.
At the hotel’s first anniversary celebrations last week, Barbados Tourism Authority chairman David Rice said Marriott’s decision to appoint Mayers, a Barbadian, as general manager was “confirmation that there are multibillion-dollar companies that believe Barbados could do the job” and were “investing in the growth of communities locally.”
Rice applauded the Marriott organization for the Courtyard by Marriott model which he said had effectively been leveraging leisure travel with business travel.