Martineau Bay Resort & Spa in Vieques to close for renovations in October
By PRWOW News Staff
As a result of the closing, approximately 129 employees of a total of 157 will be laid off. The remaining staff will continue working in the engineering, accounting, sales, administrative, security and maintenance areas.
“While we regret laying off our associates, we are committed to supporting them as much as possible,” said Rabín Ortiz, the resort’s general manager. “We have prepared a comprehensive severance package for each of them.”
Martineau’s owners, Vieques Hotel Partners, a part of Reig Capital Group, an investment and asset ownership group headquartered in Barcelona, have developed a comprehensive training program for the laid off employees.
“We are committed to supporting our associates during this difficult time, and have established a comprehensive training program for their benefit, starting in January,” explained Ken De Stefano, director of development and asset management for Reig Capital.
“Throughout this process we’ve received considerable support and help from both, the Puerto Rico government and the municipal government of Vieques. I particularly thank Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce, the Labor Department, and Mayor Dámaso Serrano of Vieques”
“This program has been developed in conjunction with Universidad del Este, a part of the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez. We are committed to re-hiring the employees that pass the training program,” De Stefano explained.
Participants in the program will receive a tourism studies certificate from the Universidad del Este, and 9 university credits. The program includes courses such as: Introduction to the Hospitality Industry; Conversational and Commercial English; Client Service; History and Geography of Vieques; Entrepreneurship; and Basic Computers.
Following the university program the Hotel’s associates will begin an intensive, on the job training program led by W Hotels, directed to familiarizing employees with W’s service performance standards.
By the time the property’s renovation is complete, Vieques Hotel Partners will have invested more than $65 million in W’s first property in the Caribbean.