Cara Suites to manage NAPA hotel
An operator has been named for the management of the hotel wing of the National Academy for the Performing Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (NAPA).
Responding to an urgent question during Tuesday's sitting of the Senate on behalf of Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon, Leader of Government Business in the Senate Franklin Khan revealed that Cara Suites would manage and operate the 50-room hotel at NAPA.
The news follows an announcement by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in 2017 that Government was seeking to introduce a new style of management for NAPA and its Southern counterpart, the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (SAPA), located in San Fernando.
Rowley at the time expressed concern that the facilities were underutilised and stressed the need for its maintenance and its full and maximum use for national benefit.
Khan revealed that Cara Suites was successful in its proposal for the operation of the average-sized hotel, and negotiations with the preferred operator were ‘well advanced’, currently in their final stage.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, he said the hotel is expected to open for business later in 2019.
Further, management arrangements to be placed under the remit of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.
Prior to this, responsibility for NAPA was shared amongst different agencies.