Well-known St Ann hotelier, Richard Salm, dies in car or truck crash

Common St Ann hotelier and businessman, Richard Salm, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor motor vehicle crash on the Llandovery Principal Highway in the parish on Wednesday. 

It is recognized that the two-vehicle crash happened sometime after 3pm on Wednesday and Salm was rushed to the St Ann’s Bay Clinic, the place he succumbed to his accidents while going through cure. 

Salm’s tragic dying has rocked the island’s tourism market.

At the time of his dying, Salm was the taking care of director of Royal Decameron Club Caribbean Hotel in Runaway Bay, St Ann, and handling director of Drax Corridor Estate, according to his LinkedIn profile.

A Jamaica Information Service article (JIS) in Oct 2019 reported that Salm was amid Jamaicans who have been recognised for their contribution to nationwide improvement at the Nationwide Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s Property that year.

He was awarded the Buy of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for services to Tourism, Winter season Sports activities Marketing, and Neighborhood Advancement. 

“Mr Salm, a naturalised Jamaican, initial came to Jamaica in June 1963, at a time when it was only a winter place, on his way to perform on the Ski Portillo in the Chilean Andes,” the short article said at the time.

“In 1968, five many years soon after his initial check out, owning finished looking at Regulation at Cambridge College, known as to the Bar at the Inner Temple and spent a few of a long time functioning in a Merchant lender 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 acquired a piece of swampland in Salem, Runaway Bay, and conceived the thought of constructing the hotel Club Caribbean,” the write-up claimed.

By 1971, the very first phase of Club Caribbean was made, with 60 rooms.

“Nowadays the vacation resort has 220 rooms,” in accordance to the JIS article. “Building of the vacation resort produced employment for the citizens who highly regarded Mr Salm for delivering a lot-required work, but also for working along with them when the house was becoming bushed and cleared for growth.”

Salm also obtained Drax Hall Estate in 1988 and donated 30 acres of the property to the then-St Ann Parish Council (now municipal company) for a group sports advanced.

Becoming a eager sportsman himself, the hotelier was also instrumental in commencing the Jamaica Ski Federation, JIS reported.

Salm, who was a organization believer in an educated culture, commenced Glen Preparatory with his Jamaican wife in 1994 “in the backyard of their household in Salem [St Ann], sponsoring the kids of lodge workers”, the posting stated.

The college, which commenced with just eight kids, experienced to finally go to Discovery Bay, also in St Ann, when the amount grew to 60 little ones. 

The hotelier’s contribution to countrywide everyday living also saw him main the growth of Ironshore, in Montego Bay, which offers an impressive 18-hole golf study course, in accordance to JIS.