Sandals concessions open to others

Passengers arrive on the first scheduled Thomas Cook flight into Barbados on Sunday evening.
Passengers arrive on the first scheduled Thomas Cook flight into Barbados on Sunday evening.

Tourism Minister Richard Sealy says the 25-year tax holiday given to Sandals International is above board and is not exclusive to the Jamaican hotel chain.

Speaking after the first scheduled flight of Thomas Cook into Barbados yesterday evening, Sealy said any other all-inclusive hotel which is making a heavy investment can get the same concessions.

Sandals, run by Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, opened its doors at the former Couples Resort (previously Almond Casuarina) in Dover, Christ Church last week and will also be opening a new resort at the former Almond Beach Village in St Peter.

It has been given a 25-year tax holiday that includes a waiver on all import duties, taxes, impost and levies on capital goods such as building materials, as well as food, alcohol and beverages.

The waiver also extends to duties on the importation of motor vehicles and personal and household effects for senior hotel staff and non-Barbadian workers.

When the 25-year tax holiday is ended, the rate on concessions to Sandals will be cut by 50 per cent for an additional 15 years.

5 Responses to Sandals concessions open to others

  1. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick November 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thomas Cook was coming here for years now…i aint know how it get inaugural

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  2. Jiggs November 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    How can Barbados afford these tax concessions when the government is crying poor and on the verge of laying off staff? What’s wrong with this picture when a highly profitable hotel chain can benefit from 40 years of tax free/reduced business?

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  3. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway November 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    A closed hotel is now open I guess reason for photo.

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  4. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway November 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    A closed hotel is now open I guess reason for photo.

    Reply
  5. Adrian Loveridge November 12, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Strange. A VIP welcome for the Thomas Cook flight via St. Lucia, but no reception for the TWO B787 Thomson Dreamliners on Friday and one on Saturday, making their very first passenger carrying flights to the Eastern Caribbean.
    Did the BTA even know they were coming?

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