THA boss disappointed at Sandals loss

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 09:15

To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles said he was tremen­dous­ly dis­ap­point­ed at the de­ci­sion by San­dals to with­draw plans for a ho­tel in To­ba­go.

In a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day af­ter­noon, Charles said: “This is a tremen­dous blow to our tourism thrust, which is one of the in­tend­ed dri­vers of the To­ba­go econ­o­my.”

He said, the tourism in­dus­try is labour in­ten­sive and the San­dals project would have pro­vid­ed em­ploy­ment di­rect­ly and in­di­rect­ly to oth­er sec­tors such as agri­cul­ture, in­clu­sive of agro-pro­cess­ing, ser­vices and even con­struc­tion

“The San­dals brand would have con­tributed to the im­prove­ment of air­lift to To­ba­go, as well as the room stock, both in terms of quan­ti­ty and qual­i­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the ab­sence of five-star ho­tels on the is­land,” he said

The Chief Sec­re­tary added that the San­dals brand would have helped in mar­ket­ing To­ba­go in­ter­na­tion­al­ly. He said Grena­da’s re­cent­ly pub­li­cized ex­pe­ri­ence at­tests to what a San­dals can do. How­ev­er, he said, the THA is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing work­ing with the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to fa­cil­i­tate and at­tract in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the is­land’s tourism sec­tor.