Sunwing Signs Joint Development Deal On $400 Million Royalton Antigua
The Honourable Gaston
Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda with Stephen Hunter, CEO &
President of the Sunwing Travel Group at the NYC event hosted by Robert DeNiro,
Special Economic Envoy to Antigua & Barbuda.
The Sunwing Travel Group has signed an
agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to develop a 500 room
all-inclusive beachfront resort under the Royalton™ Luxury Resorts brand at
Deep Bay, Antigua. Construction will commence this summer on The Royalton
Antigua Resort & Spa, as well as a residential complex with over 200
condominium units. Slated to open in 2017, this $400M development is
expected to represent 2,000 new jobs for Antigua and a massive injection to the
economy in the form of incremental tourist dollars.
“We are very pleased with this new
partnership and what it means for the people of Antigua," said the Honourable
Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, adding that, “Tourism is
vital to our economy and this partnership secures significant growth in revenue
and jobs for
the years to come."
Sunwing will also be adding new lift with
Sunwing Airlines to Antigua from key source markets to Antigua. The new
development is expected to attract an additional 30,000 visitors to the island
in its 1
st year of operation.
NexusTours, Sunwing Travel Group's destination
management company, will also be creating and promoting additional local
excursions and attractions.
“The island of Antigua has an incredible amount
to offer and is an ideal location for a Royalton Luxury Resort. Prime Minister
Gaston Browne and his administration understand the needs of the modern
traveller and have shown great vision and initiative to create the right
conditions for investment," said Stephen Hunter, President & CEO of Sunwing
Travel Group. “Royalton Luxury Resorts offer guests a modern All-In
Luxury™ experience with their investment into features such as the premium,
handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, 'round the
clock concierge, 'All-In Connectivity' with complimentary WiFi and long
distance calling, a unique Sports Event Guarantee and a kids club featuring
famous characters. Royalton Luxury Resorts have been recognized by
esteemed sources such as TripAdvisor™ for excellence in their category."
Both parties signed off on the
project at an official event hosted by special economic envoy to Antigua and
Barbuda, Robert DeNiro, on Monday evening. The event which was held at the 21
Club in Manhattan was attended by the
Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda,
the Honourable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development,
Investment and Energy and over 150 guests and travel agents.