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During a speech in Trelawny Thursday, Holness said that incorporating the language into the Caribbean country’s society would strengthen the “bilateral cooperation” with Spain and encourage further business endeavors.
“With so much investment from Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in the region, I think very soon we will have to emphasize and put in place programmes that make Spanish a second language,” Holness said, noting the two nation’s long-standing relationship dating back centuries.
Holness commended the opening of the new chain of luxury hotels, the first being Excellence Oyster Bay Hotel in Trelawny, which was part of the business agreement included in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Madrid last May.
Antonio de Montaner, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Excellence Group, Luxury Hotels, and Resorts, said the launching of the hotel franchize signified the industry’s true commitment to Jamaica.
“Throughout this whole process, we worked with 350 local suppliers, who provided an astounding total of US$70 million worth of goods and services. Additionally, we created over 1,500 jobs for Jamaicans during the construction phase and a further 700 new jobs in connection to the daily operation of the resort,” said De Montaner.