Sandals Breaks Ground On Fourth Saint Lucia Property
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Breaking ground in Saint Lucia.
Sandals Resorts International has officially started construction on its newest resort in Saint Lucia. When the new resort is finished, it will be the fourth Sandals property on the island.
The groundbreaking ceremony was officiated by The Hon. Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia. He was joined by other notable government attendees including Minister with Responsibility for Tourism Dominic Fedee and Minister of Economic Development and Urban Renewal Guy Joseph as well as Sandals Resorts International representatives Jeremy Jones, Director of Corporate Services and Winston Anderson, Managing Director, Sandals Saint Lucia.
“The investment today represented 36,000 new guests who will be coming to Saint Lucia. This by itself will represent a 10% increase in the number of arrivals into Saint Lucia,” said Chastanet. “And in terms of money, expenditure… we’re talking close to US$65 million in additional expenditure per year that this property is going to generate.”
The construction of the fourth Saint Lucia Sandals resort will employ over 1,200 local citizens, with an estimated construction time between 22 and 24 months. Upon completion, the new Sandals resort will boast 380 high-end suites and will employ an additional 900 permanent workers – bringing the total number of employees in Saint Lucia to 2,700.
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.