Purchasing & Cost ControlClick on the image to enlarge
In the current environment of an uncertain local economy, with the reduction in discretionary income, timidity of investors and heightened competition, it is essential that  hospitality operations such as yours develop and execute appropriate strategies to better manage costs and thus enhance profitability.
With this in mind, Caribbean hospitality consultant Ms. Lisa Beckles developed the "Introduction to Purchasing & Cost Control" programme.  She would be hosting this programme from August 25th to August 27th at the Fort Young Hotel.
The training will consist of six (6) modules, over a three (3) day period.  The modules are as follows:
1.         The Right Supplier….my perfect fit
2.         Controlling
3.         Basic Income Statements
4.         Recipe Costing
5.         Labour Cost Control
6.         Cost Reduction  Strategies
By the end of the programme, participants are expected to;
1.         Understand what the different ways of procuring items are.
2.         Understand the importance of specifications and be able to develop basic ones for their areas.
3.         Develop basic control systems in their operations.
4.         Explain what an income statement is, inclusive of main sections.
5.         Be able to cost standard recipes for the operation.
6.         Be able to develop productivity standards for their Departments
7.         Be able to develop simple cost reduction programmes in their Departments
The cost of this readily understood and highly practical programme is US$200.  Registration is required and you may contact me at 1-868-757-2324 or 330-0614 for registration and other information.
Looking forward to your participation.
Lisa Beckles
Hospitality Consultant

This is the header of a news article in the Caribbean Journal of Feb 19, 2014:
Dominica, Dubai Firm Sign Agreement on Kempinski Hotel Project

Read the full article online at CJ.

On Feb 18 there were several posts going around Facebook, Dominica News Online and Dominica Vibes giving details about the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed that morning.

Not every project becomes a reality in Dominica, so I'm inclined to say, Seeing is Believing. When I see the first hotel guests checking in to this ultra-luxury Kempinski hotel, then I will believe that it is a reality.
In the meanwhile I will stay clear of discussions regarding the Economic Citizenship program that seems to be the magnet to pull in these big investments. Good luck Dominica, it will be a blessing for tourism to get this hotel, but will I be able to see it???

Oh yeah, for your info, Dr Lennox Honychurch
has indicated that this hotel will come in the south-east corner of Douglas Bay at Tane-Tane.

PictureArial View at Richard Branson's Necker Island (BVI)
Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, is among the seven countries and territories that have signed on to a regional challenge at the Creating Climate Wealth event on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island last week. Branson arranged the conference, which was attended by a number of regional heads of state.

As part of the challenge, Branson announced that Necker Island had committed to become “Island Zero”.
Click on the image to read the news article of the Caribbean Journal of Feb 10, 2014.