Roy­al­ton Opens Of­fi­cially, In Grand Style

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet, Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy, mem­bers of the Saint Lu­cian gov­ern­ment, and other spe­cially in­vited guests were all in at­ten­dance at Roy­al­ton Re­sort & Spa’s Grand Open­ing. The pro­ceed­ings started with a cock­tail re­cep­tion, af­ter which guests were es­corted to din­ner. Be­fore the food was served, Hon­ourable Do­minic Fedee, Steven Hunter Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Sun­wing Travel Group and Hon­ourable Allen Chas­tanet ad­dressed the gath­er­ing.

Steven Hunter set out the four goals that Roy­al­ton Re­sorts aims to achieve: to pro­vide 850 jobs to Saint Lu­cians; to teach life­long skills to em­ploy­ees; to pro­vide an eco­nomic im­pact (ex­pect­ing $60 mil­lion im­pact in the first year), and to in­vest in Saint Lu­cia holis­ti­cally, be­gin­ning with the US$250 mil­lion spent to bring the ho­tel to full op­er­a­tion. Nexus Tours (one of Sun­wing’s group of com­pa­nies) is also ex­pected to bring 35,000 new air seats to the is­land.

Hunter thanked the gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia, lo­cal sup­pli­ers and all the labour­ers who were on board with the con­struc­tion of the ho­tel. “They are not with us tonight but we need to thank them any­way.” He also noted that the fam­ily-owned com­pany wishes to ef­fect change in the lives of young peo­ple in Saint Lu­cia through var­i­ous means in­clud­ing spon­sor­ship and schol­ar­ships.

Through­out the evening at­ten­dants were beau­ti­fully dressed in madras and cre­ole wear. Lo­cal mu­si­cians also kept the at­mos­phere light and el­e­gant with per­for­mances that in­cluded solo vi­o­lin and sax­o­phone ren­di­tions. It was a true Saint Lu­cian, taste­ful ex­pe­ri­ence that lo­cals and vis­i­tors en­joyed.

For his part, Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet thanked Sun­wing Travel Group for its in­vest­ment in Saint Lu­cia.

Guest seated at Roy­al­ton’s Gourmet Marché res­tau­rant at the ho­tel’s of­fi­cial open­ing.

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