The First Foreign Investment in Hotel Infrastructure Arrives in San Andres

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August 29, 2023
Spanish hotel chain Sirenis Hotels has chosen San Andres as its first location in Colombia and as its launch point for its expansion ins South America.

Colombia’s potential as a tourist destination continues to capture the attention of foreign investors with new projects in the leisure and business sectors throughout the country.

Now it’s San Andres’s turn, where with the help of ProColombia, the Spanish international hotel chain and frontrunner in sustainable tourism Sirenis Hotels & Resorts will unveil a new hotel that will open its doors in the summer of 2023 as an addition to its existing locations in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Cuba.

The Grand Sirenis San Andres will have an all-inclusive model and its operations will be supported by the famous hotel operator OXOHOTEL, led by Juan Carlos Galindo de la Vega. It will house 254 guest rooms and generate more than 300 direct employment opportunities on the island. The project and its development represent more than $45 million USD in investments.

“This investment comes at a junctural moment for the island of San Andres, and it will promote the creation of job opportunities. At the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism, through ProColombia, we work to attract sustainable direct foreign investment that ensures the transfer of technology and knowledge, generates qualified employment, and creates opportunities for small and medium businesses across different regions of our country,” stated Carmen Caballero, president of ProColombia.

Marco Antonio Salinas, director of operations at the Grand Sirenis San Andres, assures, “We see great potential in San Andres and in Colombia. As a vacationing hotspot of the area, we were convinced to bring our brand, Sirenis Hotels and Resorts, to the island, with its high service standards, all-inclusive plans, and sustainable attributes allowing us to provide fun and well-being while respecting the environment. This is why our main distinction is being the only international hotel chain on the island with projects integral to sustainable hospitality.”

Following Sirenis’s principles of sustainable economics, the project aims to promote the production chains in San Andres and earn a LEED certification, given that it’s the first hotel property in the region to generate 60% of its own energy and the first hotel on the island to self-supply 28% of its water, thanks to a water residual treatment process.

“We’re also an important player among hospitality projects in Colombia in sewage management and preventing residuals from contaminating the ocean, making it possible for such an important economic activity of the region to be completely sustainable,” adds Salinas.

“Sirenis’s choice of arrival to Colombia and San Andres is a vote of confidence for our country and its potential for tourism,” added Carmen Caballero. “This is the type of investment that the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism, as well as ProColombia, promote for the development and reactivation of the economies of both the department and the country as a whole, with aims to garner competitive and sustainable tourism.”

Caballero concluded that Sirenis’s arrival creates the potential to attract international travelers, people familiar with the brand, and the experience it offers on the sun and beach segment of the industry.

The hotel complex will include junior and master guest rooms, common zones including a pool for kids and adults, a spa, a beauty salon, a kids club, a gym, daytime and nighttime entertainment, five bars, a buffet restaurant, and three themed restaurants, room service, concierge services, an events coordinator, conference rooms, and Wi-Fi available to guests.