>Fiesta plans $180M expansion of Jamaica resort

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>Jamaica says Spain’s Fiesta Hotel Group plans a $180 million resort expansion that is expected to create 2,000 jobs on the island.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says construction of 800 luxury suites at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa in northwestern Jamaica will begin by September.

He said Friday that Fiesta also plans to build a 3,100-square-foot (290-square-meter) convention center near Montego Bay.

Jamaica’s crucial tourism industry was hit hard by the global economic crisis but has rebounded somewhat this year. Tourist arrivals rose an average of 6 percent in January and February compared to the same months in 2009.

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