Mexican real estate and investment firm Sun-Star Group, led by real estate developer Omar ORourke Martinez and his partner Thomas Wahl, celebrated the groundbreaking of the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Ajijic, a luxury hotel at Lake Chapala, a popular destination located within 50 kilometers of Guadalajara, Mexicos second largest city.
Lake Chapala is located within 25 minutes of Guadalajara’s international airport as well as El Salto, an important industrial corridor and home to the Mexican and Latin American headquarters for many multi-national corporations.
Radisson Blu is an upper-upscale international chain of full service hotels and resorts brand with stunning design and truly innovative service features. These flagship hotels are found in prime locations around the globe, with more than 395 properties now open or in development in more than 110 countries.
Pictured from left to right: Delia O’Rourke, Ricardo O’Rourke, Mayor Javier Degollado, Federico Rangel, Omar O’Rourke, Thomas Wahl, Eduardo Hernández, Roland Mouly, Centeya Canales.
Several officials attended the ceremony from the Municipality of Chapala, including Mayor Javier Degollado who gave a history of Lake Chapala as a major tourist destination and thanked both the developer and Radisson Blu for making Ajijic the home of the first Radisson Blu in Mexico.
Thomas Wahl of the Sun-Star Group remarked on the popularity of Lake Chapala as a destination for both international and domestic visitors, in particular from Guadalajara as its preferred staycation destination. He also emphasized the need for additional tourism infrastructure projects in the area.
Roland Mouly, Vice President, Development, Latin America, Mexico and The Caribbean for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said “We are excited to welcome our first Radisson Blu to Mexico. The hotel’s architectural and design combined with the brand’s service will delight guests travelling to Ajijic. We appreciate the commitment that the O’Rourke family has made in this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand”.
Omar O’Rourke Martinez detailed his family’s long history and connection to the area. He thanked the mayor, his family and his team members for their support in his vision to bring this project to the Lake Chapala area and continue the development of the region as a favored destination.
The resort is slated to open during the fourth quarter of 2019 and is estimated to create 200 construction and 80 full time jobs.
The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Ajijic is the Sun-Star Group’s first property as part of its multi-unit agreement with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Eduardo Hernández Rodríguez