Conrad Algarve, new luxury hotel opens in September

Conrad Algarve, new luxury hotel opens in September

The new luxury hotel Conrad Algarve, classified as of National Interest (PIN) is inaugurated next September after a delay of two years and will employ 100 people in the region, as cited by a source of the Hilton group.

“The new luxury and contemporary resort Conrad Algarve will open in September 2011,” said Alessandro Cabella, General Manager of Hilton Worldwide Algarve Cluster.

Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with the Portuguese group Imocom, responsible for building the Algarve Conrad, a hotel with a six-star, and the investment amounts to EUR 150 million, said Alessandro Cabella. The general director also said that they are “thrilled” with the perspective of creating 100 job positions at the Conrad Algarve.

“We are thrilled with the perspective of creating jobs and exciting career opportunities for talented and hospitable professionals and we want them to commit to their position in the hospitality industry as a reward and career enhancement,” he said, adding that the Hilton group is currently in the process of engaging the key elements for leadership teams and that recruitment will remain open for the rest of the current year.

According to Alessandro Cabella, since “there’s already some team leaders appointed to the Algarve Conrad,” but they are still looking for the “best candidates” who are passionate about luxury and hospitality, because, he argues, this is the key to the success of the Conrad.

The Mayor of Loulé said that the architecture draft for Conrad Algarve were delivered in the municipality and only missed the “final inspection and the public opening license”, estimating that the project is completed in late summer.

The economic and financial crisis that is affecting Portugal delayed, postponed or rescheduled some tourism projects planned for the Algarve, including the Conrad Algarve Hotel, Quinta do Lago, some of them even classified as PIN. The initial planned opening date was the Conrad was 2009.

The president of the largest hotel association in the Algarve, Elidérico Viegas, laments the lateness of the project, which is explained mainly by the economic crisis, but he also estimates that the Hotel in Quinta do Lago will be ready this year.

The mayor of Loule, Seruca Emidio, believes that this new hotel will be one of the “last great developments built from scratch in the Algarve,” because “in the coming years, the urbanistic policy will move towards rehabilitation and upgrading of existing hotels in the region.”