Robert De Niro’s Bar­buda Ho­tel Pro­ject “Very Much on Track”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Robert De Niro’s ma­jor planned re­sort on the is­land of Bar­buda is “very much on track” ac­cord­ing to An­tigua and Bar­buda Tourism Min­is­ter Asot Michael.

The pro­ject, which was an­nounced at the end of 2014, is the brain­child of de­vel­op­ers De Niro and James Packer, both of whom are fre­quent trav­el­ers to An­tigua and Bar­buda (De Niro is a fre­quent guest at the Jumby Bay pri­vate is­land re­sort).

The $250 mil­lion re­sort pro­ject is at the site of the for­mer K-Club re­sort, and will be branded as the Par­adise Found Ho­tel.

“Since th­ese de­vel­op­ers have an­nounced their pro­ject in Bar­buda, it has gen­er­ated huge amount of free pub­lic­ity for our desti­na­tion,” Michael said. “It has also at­tracted other high net-worth in­vestors such as for­mer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who re­cently vis­ited An­tigua and Bar­buda and later had his own pri­vate sea­plane join him here in ex­plor­ing both our is­lands.”

When the pro­ject was first an­nounced, De Niro was named a spe­cial eco­nomic en­voy for the coun­try, and has helped pitch in­vest­ment for the coun­try in the United States. It’s not the first ho­tel pro­ject for the Hol­ly­wood leg­end who has de­vel­oped sev­eral ho­tels un­der the Nobu brand with restau­ra­teur Nobu Mat­suhisa.

“Both de­vel­op­ers Robert DeNiro and James Packer stayed here for Christ­mas in a demon­stra­tion of their love for our coun­try and their whole­hearted com­mit­ted to this pro­ject,” Michael said.

In­deed, Packer stayed in An­tigua re­cently with his fi­ancee, Mariah Carey.

“In spite of the de­lays and road­blocks pre­sented by the naysay­ers, the pro­ject con­tin­ues,” Michael said.

Ac­tor Robert De Niro with An­tigua and Bar­buda’s

Prime Min­is­ter Gas­ton Browne.

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