Sandals in Tobago will be a windfall for all, particularly smaller hoteliers, the regional hotel chain said in a statement which sought to dispel claims about its operations.
Tobago will be among the biggest beneficiaries of increased economic activity, including global marketing and an exponential increase in airlift, Sandals said.
“Not everyone who arrives on the flights we attract will stay at Sandals, indeed many will seek other options creating a significant increase in business for the smaller hotels.
The Government is progressing with its plans for the construction of a Sandals resort in Tobago.
The 750-room hotel by Sandals Resorts on the ultra-exclusive Buccoo Estate, No Man’s Land, in Tobago can only be a reality if there is a significant upgrade of the Arthur NR Robinson Airport, smoother, friendlier immigration process and litter-free environment.
These are what deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International Adam Stewart described as the “tough-love part of the conversation” in hammering out the multi-million dollar deal which has the potential of reigniting the tourism industry on the island.
Government and Sandals officials are soon to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the construction of a Sandals resort in Tobago.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a team of Government ministers met with a delegation from Sandals Resorts Inc. led by founder Butch Stewart on Wednesday.
The meeting was held to continue discussions on the establishment of a Sandals and Beaches resort in Tobago, the Sandals Golden Grove Tobago Project.