September 24, 2021


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Well-known St Ann hotelier, Richard Salm, dies in automobile crash

Well known St Ann hotelier and businessman, Richard Salm, died as a end result of accidents he sustained in a motor vehicle crash on the Llandovery Most important Street in the parish on Wednesday. 

It is understood that the two-car crash occurred sometime just after 3pm on Wednesday and Salm was rushed to the St Ann’s Bay Medical center, wherever he succumbed to his injuries although going through procedure. 

Salm’s tragic death has rocked the island’s tourism business.

At the time of his dying, Salm was the controlling director of Royal Decameron Club Caribbean Resort in Runaway Bay, St Ann, and managing director of Drax Hall Estate, in accordance to his LinkedIn profile.

A Jamaica Information and facts Service article (JIS) in Oct 2019 claimed that Salm was amongst Jamaicans who had been recognised for their contribution to national progress at the National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s Dwelling that 12 months.

He was awarded the Purchase of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for support to Tourism, Winter Sporting activities Advertising, and Neighborhood Growth. 

“Mr Salm, a naturalised Jamaican, very first came to Jamaica in June 1963, at a time when it was only a wintertime spot, on his way to operate on the Ski Portillo in the Chilean Andes,” the posting claimed at the time.

“In 1968, 5 years after his initially visit, possessing completed examining Law at Cambridge University, referred to as to the Bar at the Interior Temple and used a few of many years working in a Merchant bank in London, Mr Salm, then aged 26, gave it all up and emigrated to Jamaica.

“Together with a group of university good friends from England, they purchased a piece of swampland in Salem, Runaway Bay, and conceived the idea of making the lodge Club Caribbean,” the write-up stated.

By 1971, the 1st phase of Club Caribbean was built, with 60 rooms.

“Now the vacation resort has 220 rooms,” according to the JIS article. “Development of the vacation resort created work for the citizens who respected Mr Salm for providing significantly-desired employment, but also for operating alongside them whilst the residence was staying bushed and cleared for improvement.”

Salm also acquired Drax Corridor Estate in 1988 and donated 30 acres of the house to the then-St Ann Parish Council (now municipal company) for a group sporting activities elaborate.

Staying a eager sportsman himself, the hotelier was also instrumental in setting up the Jamaica Ski Federation, JIS documented.

Salm, who was a agency believer in an educated culture, began Glen Preparatory with his Jamaican wife in 1994 “in the yard of their home in Salem [St Ann], sponsoring the youngsters of hotel personnel”, the short article stated.

The college, which began with just eight young children, experienced to ultimately shift to Discovery Bay, also in St Ann, when the amount grew to 60 children. 

The hotelier’s contribution to national everyday living also observed him main the enhancement of Ironshore, in Montego Bay, which boasts an outstanding 18-hole golf program, in accordance to JIS.