South coast change: Blue Horizon could bring country millions annually
Artist impression of how the redeveloped Blue Horizon Hotel will look when completed.
Once approved by planning officials, the planned redevelopment of the Blue Horizon Beach Hotel project should begin next month and be completed in time for the 2021 tourist season.
Philip Tempro, Managing Director of Blue Tourism Inc (BTI), the company undertaking the project, told reporters that during the time of construction there will be also be significant employment generated.
“The project that we have put here has really identified what works. The opportunities, in terms of work, we estimate there will be around 350 jobs in construction, 18 months of build.
“It will generate a significant number of services after that, so with an 189 key count we will estimate that we will probably have in the range of 300 employees for the hotel itself after, plus all the various maintenance that goes on and the ancillary businesses that go on,” he told journalists recently during a sit-down to bring them up to date with the project.
He explained the plan called for the demolition and removal of the three to five-storey blocks which dot the existing property, and reinstate it to a single property made up of two 10-storey wings and one seven-storey double-loaded accommodation block along Highway 7.
The ground floor will comprise of retail units to provide a pedestrian promenade, while on the first level will be the main reception lobby, conferencing facility, pool bar/restaurant, pool deck and pool.
Guest accommodation will be in two eight-storey wings, in addition to a five-story double loaded accommodation block
Tempro added the project itself could bring “somewhere around US$10 million in GDP [Gross Domestic Product] a year".
He was speaking ahead of a town hall meeting with residents and businesses in the area, on Thursday July 19, at the Accra Beach Hotel.
There has been some push back from some residents of the area to the planned projected, with many of them suggesting that they were being left out of the process and were unaware of what was going on.