Sandals to Open Beaches Resorts Property in SVG
According to Travelweek, a Canadian travel and tourism website, for the development Sandals Resorts International has acquired Buccament Bay Spa and Resort, closed since 2016.
The property will be “completely transformed” to become the fourth Beaches Resorts property within the portfolio. There are currently Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos.
“Investing in St. Vincent and its captivating people, was not only compelling, but a natural next step for continued expansion within the Eastern Caribbean,” says SRI Founder and Chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
“Beginning with our first entry in Saint Lucia many years ago and more recently Grenada and Barbados, we are champions of growth for the Eastern Caribbean, and it has remained at the forefront of our expansion strategy,” said Stewart. “Expanding into a brand-new destination ushers in the tremendous opportunity for new and existing team members to experience a whole new way of life and professional growth path.”
Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, says the property will undergo extensive reimagination and renovations. “Each time we expand, we bring with us the full potential of our 40 years in hospitality with the creation of new jobs and skill sets through our Corporate University, the on-the-spot work of our Sandals Foundation, the dedicated airlift and comprehensive global marketing campaigns that always follow. As we look to the future, this growth stands for tremendous possibility,” he says.
Glen Beache, Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, confirmed in a recent Facebook Live forum that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has started its reopening process, and is now in Phase 1.
Beaches has been hinting at new resort developments for the destination for several years. Interest in the Caribbean destination, always something of an off-the-beaten-track gem, has ramped up since the debut of the new Argyle International Airport.
Open since February 2017, the airport is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ years-long plan to attract international flights and – slowly but surely – boost its status as a tourism hotspot.