Sandals to Open Major Development in Tobago
Sandals Resorts International (SRI)’s Tobago project is expected to be the biggest ever undertaken by the resort group as it will feature the Sandals brand and its family-oriented Beaches brand. The Sandals resort is geared towards couples only, while Beaches caters to the family.
SRI corporate services director Jeremy Jones explained this during a media conference with several TT reporters and media personalities at the Sandals Royal Barbados resort, St Lawrence, Barbados.
“Tobago will end up being one of our largest projects – both – and as a result of having a Sandals and a Beaches side by side. We’ve never really done that before, but we feel that to benefit economies of scale, being able to bring two operations under one umbrella so close to each other and with our estimation, (this is) an ideal location to do this: the Sandals brand with close to 300 rooms and the Beaches brand about 450-500 rooms. So it’s an entire development complex, about 700 rooms, but two different brands.”
He said all sectors in both Tobago and Trinidad would experience growth, and singled out the agricultural sector, as Sandals sources its fresh produce from the local market. “As a ballpark, in St Lucia, where we have 800 hotel rooms, we use close to a million eggs a year, so understand the ripple effect that is going to have in the farming community.”
SRI corporate services director Jeremy Jones explained this during a media conference with several TT reporters and media personalities at the Sandals Royal Barbados resort, St. Lawrence, Barbados last Thursday.
The SRI resorts have over 5,000 rooms in seven Caribbean islands and employ approximately 14,000 people.
Source: Trinidad & Tobago Newsday