‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’: Google says it’ll be working on a new hotel in the Bahamas
Google has been pushing its travel website, Google.com, into the middle of a battle over the future of its operations in the Caribbean, saying that it has no plans to leave the region.
A spokesperson for the company told Business Insider that Google would be working “to build a new brand and service in the region” and “continue to invest in infrastructure and our operations there.”
The company did not provide a timeline for when the new hotel would be built, and instead said that it would “develop plans for a new facility in the future.”
The announcement comes just a day after the search giant announced that it will be closing its offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK).
The company is currently seeking a partner to develop and build the new office, but it is unclear whether the new site will be located in the two countries or elsewhere in the world.
The new announcement follows an announcement from Google’s Chief Operating Officer Marc Benioff that the company plans to invest $150 million in its Caribbean operations and a “new brand and technology” to bring “global innovation to the Caribbean.”
Google has been struggling to find a foothold in the island nation of Trinidad since its closure by the British government in 2000, which prompted its founder, Sergey Brin, to travel to the region to launch the company’s search engine.
Google has remained one of the few American businesses in the area and was the first American company to operate a website in the country.
But since the U.K. voted to leave in the June referendum to leave, the company has had trouble finding a partner and has struggled to find the right partners to bring its services to the island.
Google is currently the only American company that is allowed to operate an office in the UK, but the company is not permitted to operate any office in other countries, including in the U of A. The company has been in negotiations with British authorities about relocating operations in England for several years, and has had some success in finding a site for its new office in London.
In 2016, Google bought an apartment in the former hotel in London that was used as the home of the British Embassy and the UBS headquarters in London and had a “Google HQ” sign on the front entrance.
The building is now known as the “Google Square,” and the Google-owned hotel is the first tenant of the property.