Sod turned for US$3.5M Lakeside Hotel at Anna Regina


Construction on a multi-million-dollar hotel at Anna Regina in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region will commence soon following a sod-turning event on Monday.

Present for the event were Minister within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development Anand Persaud, Head of Guyana – Invest Peter Ramsaroop, the hotel’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Dave Sawh along with Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall Regional Chairperson Vilma De Silva and Regional Vice Chairman Humace Oodit.

Chief Executive Officer of Lakeside Hotel Dr. Dave Sawh

According to Dr. Sawh, an accomplished general and family physician practicing in London, the US$3.5 million project was conceptualized in recognition of the tourism potential in the region.

Lakeside hotel will have 45 luxurious rooms with all the necessary amenities to match international standards. The hotel will boast five floors which will include a lobby area, office, and conference/banquet hall.

Three floors will consist of 45 rooms and there will be a dedicated floor to accommodate private functions and conferences. There will also be a bar and a restaurant that will offer the finest cuisine to visitors.

The project is the brainchild of Dr. Sawh and his cousin Rishi Chinapen, a young and aspiring real estate developer based in Queens, New York.

“I did this mainly due to nostalgic reasons… the decision to choose the local name as opposed to an international brand is purely based on local content and national pride” Dr Sawh said.

Lima Sands which is located a few miles in from Anna Regina will be used to develop a mini resort with benabs, outdoor facilities for cooking, fishing, bird watching, swimming, camping, etc to complement the hotel with an eco-tourism product line.

The project is expected to provide at least 50 direct and indirect jobs in Region Two.

Minister Anand Persaud, commended the overseas-based Guyanese for the investment.

He said that there is a tourism boost in all the regions in Guyana and Region Two is part of the development.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ramsaroop said that the hotel will be an asset to the region which is in line with the President’s vision.

Ramsaroop said that there are massive plans and investments for Region Two.

“It’s very exciting what how will add to Essequibo and enhance the atmosphere, there is a lot that is happening in the region we should be proud of our Guyanese passport,” Ramsaroop said.

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