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New Marriott hotel to become first LEED certified building in Jamaica

The new Marriott Hotel in New Kingston will be the first LEED certified building in Jamaica when it opens this year. The 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston will set a high standard in energy conservation and environmental sustainability and the project is said to cost approximately $22 million.

New Marriott hotel to become first LEED certified building in Jamaica

A new Marriott hotel will be the first LEED certified building in Jamaica when it opens this year.

The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica will set a high standard for environmental sustainability, water efficiency and energy conservation after it was funded a multi-million dollar loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank to Caribe Hospitality SA for the Caribe Hospitality Kingston programme.

With 130 guest rooms, the luxury hotel will be the first property on the Caribbean island to be certified by LEED which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a green building programme that has been implemented by the US Green Building Council.

Luis Alberto Moreno, the IDB President, stated:

“This innovative project clearly reflects the confidence of its investors that Jamaica is a good place to conduct business.”

The cost of the development is expected to be approximately $20 millions and it will set the standard to attract additional international brands to Jamaica.

Jamaica is a tropical island nation located in the Caribbean Sea and one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. With vast white sand beaches fringed with warm turquoise ocean waters, majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, verdant undulating green hills, and dense forests, travellers will have plenty of opportunities to marvel at the country’s breathtaking natural scenery and sites.

Tourists can explore the island’s natural wonders such as Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, the five-mile-long Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, lush botanical gardens, and the soaring Blue Mountains.

The famous Bob Marley Museum, Kingston Harbour, and Rose Hall House, a former sugar plantation, are just a few of the attractions that entice tourists to the tropical island.

In 2013, the island nation received more than two million visitors; a significant increase compared to 1.3 million visitors, more than a decade ago in 2003.

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