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Tourism plan will bring dormant hotel plans to life

The old Canadian Hotel. It was given an SDO to be rebuilt as a new hotel but years later nothing has happened.

Dormant hotel projects will be brought back to life through a sharply focused National Tourism Plan, panel member Vince Ingham said last night.Mr Ingham, who is part of the team drafting the plan, stressed the group's determination to help seven hotel proposals become a reality to kickstart tourism.Speaking at a town hall meeting to allow public consultation on the issue, he told the audience: "We have spent some time looking into the future."We have some seven properties on the Island right now that are zoned for tourism development."Our view is that we have to get those properties back into play."We must look very proactively at doing that. At the same time, we need to focus on existing properties to ensure we don't lose ground as we try to break new ground."This should be done very simply by being absolutely committed and clear about what those properties can do for Bermuda."We believe if we can get two or three properies moving in Bermuda, we will start to generate an interest in this Island."We will generate new job opportunities both in construction when we build the hotels and then to work in hotels after they are built."About 60 people attended the meeting at the Heritage Worship Centre in Hamilton. The third and final meeting takes place at Penno's Wharf, St George's, tonight at 7pm.