Buddy's Hotel to be completed by end of year - Shivraj
Stabroek News
November 19, 2006

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Buddy's International Hotel and Resort would be completed by December month end and is scheduled for official opening between January 15 and January 31, the proprietor, Prakash Shivraj said yesterday.

The completion date is in keeping with the International Cricket Council (ICC) requirement that all venue construction for the ICC CWC 2007 championship, from a legal perspective, be finished by December 31.

Noting the views expressed by ICC CWC 2007 West Indies Inc Chief Executive Officer, Chris Dehring at the end of a venue inspection tour on Wednesday that the new Buddy's Hotel at Providence was "very critical to the particular venue since it is going to accommodate some very important stakeholders" such as the media, particularly the broadcasters and sponsors, Shivraj told the Stabroek News that the hotel would be completed by year end and would be up and running by the middle of January.

Dehring had said that the ICC CWC 2007 West Indies Inc would be contracting the rooms directly from the Guyana Government which has contracted them from the hotel. He said that in his meeting on Wednesday, President Bharrat Jagdeo gave the assurance that the hotel would be ready and the rooms would be available to the ICC CWC. He added that should it be ready then Guyana would have no problems with accommodation.

The governments of the nine host venues are obligated to made adequate accommodation of a certain standard available to the ICC CWC 2007 West Indies Inc for the teams, officials, media and sponsors (TOMS) during the match period.

The match period begins on March 5, 2007 with the warm up matches and ends with the final match in Barbados on April 28, 2007. Guyana would be hosting six of the Super Eight matches and it is expected that based on the results from the first round that among the teams to play locally the West Indies would face Sri Lanka and India would play South Africa at the new cricket stadium at Providence.