SANDALS LEADING THE CHARGE IN TOURISM & CONSTRUCTION WITH ROYAL BARBADOS & LASOURCE ST LUCIA
Sandals Resorts in the Eastern Caribbean continues to lead the charge in the company's unparalleled thrust to make available world-class resorts for visitors to the region. Building upon its already established track record as the ‘World's Best', and the recently copped top spots in the USA Today 10 Best list of hotels, it is literally changing the expectations of Caribbean tourism and hospitality.
The resort chain, which has been in Saint Lucia since the early 1990s, plans – by the end of 2017 – to take luxury to a whole new level in the Eastern Caribbean. In March Sandals will open phase one of its new over-the-water bungalows in Saint Lucia, marking the start of the anticipated Sandals LaSource St. Lucia. At the same time it will be winding up construction of its latest gem – Sandals Royal Barbados – in November.
The facilities are both poised to be the envy of the industry, boasting luxury features never seen before, with the global hospitality industry bristling with anticipation.
Reaffirming its presence in the Caribbean, in 2016 Sandals played a key role in contributing to rising tourist arrivals in the islands of Barbados and Saint Lucia, with the former achieving its highest arrival figures yet – hosting an estimated 630,000 long-stay visitors. This was a marked improvement from the already record numbers of 2015. Grenada, too, recorded an outstanding 2016 with yet another record stay-over visitor arrival.
For Barbados, Sandals has been a major factor in boosting its tourism economy which contributes to more than 36 percent of the island's GDP. That spells good news for Saint Lucia, because even though it has not yet been completed, Barbados is already reaping the rewards of the economic spinoff that has been generated by the construction of the second resort there. Tipped to cost a staggering US$160 million upon completion, the resort will be Sandals' largest ever investment in a single property, and promises to feature mindblowing inclusions for guests and over-the-top innovations that have never been seen before in the all-inclusive industry.
As construction continues, the linkages being developed have led to immediate benefits for local suppliers. This boom will be mirrored in Saint Lucia with these linkages growing considerable in both territories upon completion.
Sandals recently celebrated its second anniversary in Barbados, and in those two short years the ‘World's Best' all-inclusive resort has already left a significant economic footprint which accounts for over US$40 million (BDS$80million) in taxes, salaries, local purchases and other linkages. Sandals Royal Barbados will not only more than double the resort's contribution to the local economy, it will further position Barbados, as it continues to do in Saint Lucia, as a unique destination for visitors from North America and Europe.
Sandals is leading an ambitious expansion thrust throughout the region.