Sandals committed to reviving economy
Prime Minister Mia Mottley (center) speaking with Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Gary Sadler (right). Photo: Cowyn Franklyn
With the construction of new Sandals Beaches resort in St. Peter valued at US $450 million, the Sandals Group expects to achieve a “brighter and more prosperous future” for Barbados.
These sentiments were shared by the Chairman of Sandals Resort International, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart during the hotel’s Global Sales conference at Sandals Royals on Friday.
His remarks, delivered in his absence, expressed confidence in the Mottley-administration's ability to turn around the economy, noting that Sandals fully intends to “pull our weight to help bring about the stability and success for Barbados.”
Stewart, in highlighting the need to increase arrivals out of the North American market, said Sandals is committed to building a partnership with the local tourism enterprises to further develop this market.
Sandals Beaches will be the company’s largest investment to date and is expected to be completed by 2020. Butch said the construction of the new property will send a “powerful message … to the world’s investing community the confidence we have in Barbados.”
The completion of the project will see an additional 2,000 plus persons employed under the Sandals Resorts umbrella.
“That means more opportunities for farmers, taxi drivers, tour operators, artisans, manufacturers and local suppliers,” Butch said.
Prime Minister, Mia Mottley shared similar views telling those in attendance at the conference the new government intends to operate differently to pull the country out of its ailing economic state.
“We have determined that if Barbados is to survive and transform we need to recognize the need to do things a little differently.... up our game because the day we sit on our laurels is the day we accept we have nothing left to share.”
What we need is each and every one to believe in what we are doing and we believe that Sandals believes in what we are doing.”
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