Update: Guyana’s Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel closes indefinitely after devastating fire

September 25, 2023  -Just two days after a severe fire engulfed a significant portion of the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel in Guyana, the establishment has declared its closure for an indefinite period.

The hotel made its announcement on Monday, citing the extensive damage from the fire as the reason behind this decision.

Coordinating with authorities for Guest Welfare

Reports are that the hotel is actively coordinating with local authorities to develop a comprehensive plan for addressing the difficulties currently faced by its guests.

The hotel also emphasized its commitment to resolving issues as quickly as possible, while also extending apologies for the inconvenience caused during this trying period.

As part of the ongoing process, a hotel representative will reach out to guests to provide additional guidance and support.

The blaze’s origins and aftermath

The Guyana Fire Services (GFS) reported that the fire originated on the fourth floor, specifically in room 431 of the six-story building.

The incident occurred on Saturday when the hotel was hosting guests who had come to Guyana for the Cricket Carnival and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Although one guest was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for treatment of smoke inhalation, the GFS confirmed that there were no severe injuries or casualties.

Aftermath of fire at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel. (Photo credit: Ministry of Home Affairs-Guyana)

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A setback for an international brand

The Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, which had become part of the international Ramada hotel chain in 2014, faces a significant setback due to this event.

The Ramada brand is part of the larger Wyndham Hotel Group, which boasts approximately 7,440 hotels and over 638,300 rooms across 68 countries under 15 different hotel brands.

Acknowledging support and prompt response

In its closing statement, the hotel expressed its heartfelt gratitude towards the government led by President Irfaan Ali.

It also praised the Guyana Fire Service for their prompt and effective actions in controlling the fire.

It also mentioned the Guyana Police Force for their well-coordinated efforts in assisting in the evacuation of both guests and staff from the building.

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