Friday 14 August, 2020

Sandals expands with new resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Sandals Resorts International has announced  that it will be expanding its Beaches Resorts portfolio to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, its eighth island in the Caribbean.

This development follows the acquisition of Buccament Bay Spa and Resort.

Sandals said in a release that the resort will be completely transformed to become the fourth Beaches Resorts for the brand, joining their award-winning family-friendly resorts in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. 

According to Sandals Resorts International’s Founder and Chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, investing in St. Vincent and its captivating people, was not only compelling, but a natural next step for continued expansion within the Eastern Caribbean.

"Beginning with our first entry in Saint Lucia many years ago and more recently Grenada and Barbados, we are champions of growth for the Eastern Caribbean, and it has remained at the forefront of our expansion strategy,” said Stewart.

“Expanding into a brand-new destination ushers in the tremendous opportunity for new and existing team members to experience a whole new way of life and professional growth path. The minute our customers land in St. Vincent, they will be enchanted with its magnificence. The resort hugs the Caribbean Sea and is nestled within a lush mountain range and neighboring rainforest. Best of all, it’s only a short drive from the newly constructed Argyle International Airport.”

The agreement, which has been in the works for nearly a year, will bring Beaches Resorts to the archipelago chain known as the ‘Jewels of the Caribbean.’

“The resort will undergo extensive reimagination and renovations,” stated Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.

“Each time we expand, we bring with us the full potential of our 40 years in hospitality with the creation of new jobs and skillsets through our Corporate University, the on-the-ground work of our Sandals Foundation, the dedicated airlift and comprehensive global marketing campaigns that always follow. As we look to the future, this growth stands for tremendous possibility.”

In announcing the new resort, St Vincent's Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves posted on Facebook that the new venture will bring jobs.

"The new Sandals will create thousands of jobs. First, hundreds of construction jobs. Then, hundreds of tourism jobs. It will mean jobs in our agricultural industry which will supply food to the resort. It will mean more jobs at our airport as it will help drive more flights. It will mean an important tax base that will allow us to fund more programmes to help Vincentians. Sandals delivers "JOBS JOBS JOBS!"

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