Unrest among Marriott staff
WILLEMSTAD – According to several media on the island, the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino will start with a major renovation project. This means, according to the local media, that starting July this year no one will be able to book at this hotel anymore. It is also not possible to organize activities on the hotel grounds during this project. Curaçao Chronicle tried to get in contact with those who can confirm or deny this information, but no one wanted to comment. Apparently there is a media silence.
According to the Papiamento newspaper Extra there are various e-mails to possible clients stating that the renovation project will begin in July. The management of the hotel recommend possible clients to book their rooms at Renaissance Hotel in Otrabanda. In another e-mail Marriott indicates that their last day of operations is June 30. The problem with this statement is that it is still possible to book rooms at the hotel after July 1. The staff here at Curaçao Chronicle tried to book a room online and it worked just fine.
There is a process going on to sell the hotel complex, but those involved have not said anything about the hotel being closed for a long period of time.
The big issue is that the employees at the hotel are fearing for their jobs. “Uncertainty is striking now with the employees and they are irritated,” said the lawyer representing the hotel staff.
The opposition party MFK also sounded the alarm about the fear the employees have that they will lose their jobs.
The Marriott is located at the Rif Resort. The government wants to sell the Rif Resort Hotel and there are several groups interested in acquiring the property, including the Orco Group. This group wants to invest in the hotel, because it needs to be renovated. The media announced that the renovation will go hand in had with people losing their jobs. They also stated that the renovation could take years.