Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Wyndham Grand committed to Barbados

(L-R)
Damani DaSilva, Consultant Project Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc; Dr. Kerry Hall, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority; Michael Phillips, representative of the Sam Lord's Castle Property Development; Eduardo Cruz del Rio, Wyndham Vice President of Operations for Latin America and Caribbean; Shawn Tudor, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation; and Wyndham Senior Design Director, Ted Brumleve.

(L-R) Damani DaSilva, Consultant Project Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc; Dr. Kerry Hall, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority; Michael Phillips, representative of the Sam Lord's Castle Property Development; Eduardo Cruz del Rio, Wyndham Vice President of Operations for Latin America and Caribbean; Shawn Tudor, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation; and Wyndham Senior Design Director, Ted Brumleve.

With all the red tape cleared, investors of the USD$200 million Wyndham Grand will be moving swiftly ahead with construction to meet the 2019 opening of the 450-room resort at the old Sam Lord's Castle property.

Representatives of Sam Lord's Castle, Wyndham Grand and local tourism officials met with the media on Monday morning to provide updates on the project. 

Property Development representative with Sam Lord's Castle, Michael Phillips, explained they have a contractual agreement with the Wyndham and will be working in accordance with all government regulations. 

Wyndham's Vice President of Operations for Latin America and Caribbean, Eduardo Cruz del Rio, said investors have not lost enthusiasm due to the constant delays the project has encountered. He noted hotels of this size will encounter some challenges and investors are prepared to do what is required. 

"All of our hotels comply fully with any kind of regulations in order to operate according to local laws and we will overcome anything that is required." 

Chief Executive Officer with the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), Dr. Kerry Hall said the resort is set to transform the local tourism sector, saying, "The wonderful thing about this project is... it actually falls squarely in line with the philosophy and policy of the Barbados government in terms of the hotel industry."

"Simply put Wyndham gets it. They are creating a hotel that is very much on the cutting edge. It also speaks to, in terms of relevance, several areas that we are not strong on as a destination. The Wyndham will have a multifaceted property that will speak to MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions]... an area that Barbados has been pretty weak in." 

The five-diamond resort will include hypoallergenic room environments inclusive of vitamin C-infused showers and healthy restaurant menu options. In terms of infrastructure, the hotel will have its own independent electrical and water facilities.

The opening date is set for the 2019 winter season. 

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