Marriott International is readying to open its first all-inclusive luxury resort in Jamaica.

They’re partnering with the Amaterra Jamaica Group, led by Keith and Paula Russell.

According to a statement today from the Ministry of Tourism, Amaterra are the architects of Jamaica’s largest integrated tourism real estate development.

The local group has entered into a hotel management operator agreement with the award-winning global travel company.

The official signing took place last evening in Montego Bay, St. James in the presence of Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, Industry Minister, Audley Shaw, JAMPRO President Diane Edwards and others.

The 800-room flagship development will be located 25 miles east of Montego Bay airport on the island’s north coast, and is set on two miles of white sand beach. 

Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020 and completed in 2022.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says the development forms a key part of the largest expansion of hotel room stock in Jamaica’s history.

He says this week has been the most powerful week in investment developments for the tourism industry.

Marriott International currently has more than 7-thousand properties under 30 leading brands in 134 countries and territories.

Marriott says partnering with Amaterra Jamaica will bring the first Marriott Hotels branded all-inclusive property to Jamaica.

This will provide their 137 million Marriott Bonvoy members with a new vacation option.