Earlier this week, ECI Development announced plans to bring Marriott Hotels’ namesake brand to Ambergris Caye. Chairman and CEO of ECI Development Michael K Cobb said that they are excited about the opportunity to deliver top-quality lodging and residences on the island. ECI plans as many as 70 branded residences as a part of its oceanfront resort. Guests will have access to first-class restaurants, a rooftop lounge, conference and event space, a spa, fitness center and retail outlets. According to Tourism Minister, Manuel Heredia Junior, the opening of the Belize Marriott Ambergris Caye Resort and Residences will create more than 200 permanent jobs in the country. That property is slated to make its debut in 2020.