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“One could build a Montmartre at Fort Regent"

“One could build a Montmartre at Fort Regent

Friday 31 March 2023

“One could build a Montmartre at Fort Regent"

Friday 31 March 2023

Jersey needs to avoid “incrementalism” and deliver a bold vision to make the island attractive to visitors and private investment, a local resident whose investment company owns Portugal’s largest marina has said.

Zach Lewy, who moved to the island with his family two years ago, is the CEO of Arrow Group, a fund and asset management firm which has invested heavily in the Portuguese hospitality sector, including acquiring Marina de Vilamoura on the Algarve.

Mr Lewy was interviewed as part of a Jersey Hospitality Networking Lunch, which was held at the Radisson Hotel this week.

The Government is currently devising a new Tourism Strategy, its first since 2004 and its first ever to focus on all sectors of the hospitality sector and not just visitors.

A steering group has been created which includes industry groups, including the JHA, Visit Jersey and Chamber of Commerce.

Picture: Mr Lewy was interviewed for a lunch organised by the Jersey Hospitality Association.

Mr Lewy said projects he had been involved with in Portugal, which had included investing £0.5 billion in a town smaller than Jersey, had succeeded because there was a shared vision across all stakeholders, including the municipality.

“In the absence of a joined-up stakeholder plan, things tend to go terribly,” he said. 

“Here, we want to get to a destination which is special to Jersey, which is agreed. What we do with the Fort or the Waterfront can’t be incremental decisions because they are unlikely to attract private capital to lean in.”

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Pictured: Jersey resident and investor Zac Lewy.

Mr Lewy said that the Waterfront had not been well coordinated and Fort Regent was no longer an attraction, and while St. Brelade’s Bay was beautiful, no substantial visitor amenity had been built there.

“There is a scope to create attractive mixed-use schemes,” he said; “One could build a Montmartre at Fort Regent and residential real estate is the obvious funding mechanism.”

Mr Lewy also highlighted Strive in St. Peter as another potential island ‘destination’.

“Events on beaches, an arena near the Airport and mixed-use facilities at the Waterfront and Fort Regent … these are opportunities to turn the page.

“There needs to be anchored and headlining experiences that put Jersey on the map and give people that sense of ‘FOMO’. I don’t think you can do that with a 50-year-old infrastructure and no clear vision.”

Speakers at a later panel discussion at the JHA event included outgoing Government CEO Suzanne Wylie, who talked about her experiences of building Northern Ireland into a visitor destination, JHA President Marcus Calvani, and Hotel de France owner Robert Parker.


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Posted by Scott Mills on
One thing Jersey lacks, is real community and CULTURE........we don't want a Montmartre, We have a french market about 10 times a year. We need dry ski slope, sky diving centre (wind tunnel experience), aquarium, and a outdoor water park (not just little fountains for toddlers to run through). No more botanical garden ideas. There is nothing to do for 6 months of the year. Jersey is a ghost town for that amount of time, apart from getting lashed in the pubs and restaurants, nothing much to do, as by the time most islander's reach secondary school age, they've ticked off all war relics (bunkers to underground hospital), zoo, what's left?
Posted by MichaelEvans46 on
One of the main reasons that there is nothing to do in Jersey is the government lack of investment in tourism and a certain politician who said publicly around 30 years ago that we don’t want the bucket and spade brigade no more we want higher class tourism, look what happened!
Posted by Isabel Jeune on
The Government ruined the Tourism industry, by putting all their money into building the new Finance Centre. Over 200 hotels turned into flats. Fort Regent was the Jewel in Jersey's crown. It was deliberately allowed to become a shadow of its former self, all in the name of greed. We had a great tourism industry before that. They won't rest until they get their way and build a hotel or something else we don't need. Shameful.
Posted by New Ideas on
First impressions entering tourists entering our Elizabeth Harbour,see a concrete JEC Chimney tower.
How about paining red and white and making it look like a proud light house.
1st impressions and all that.
Posted by Martin on
AT LAST - we have found a way to make every young Frenchman a titan of a soldier who fears nothing & goes on the rampage despite all odds!

Tell him the retirement age is raised!
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