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Sandals delivers, says BHTA executive


Executive Vice-President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Sue Springer has declared that Sandals Resort Barbados has been reaping big dividends for the island’s bread and butter industry.


BHTA Executive, Sue Springer, addressing last night’s Sandals awards


Springer used the occasion of Sandals’ first staff award ceremony on the beach of its St Lawrence Gap resort to credit the Caribbean tourist accommodation giant for being in the forefront of moving the island’s sector out of a slump and into a promising future.


Sandals Barbados staff at the gala awards event last night

Sandals added Barbados to its Caribbean-wide listing of all-inclusive resorts on January 28, 2015, and celebrated its first year here with the beginning of annual awards for its staff, now totaling 270 persons.

“Thank you very much Sandals for allowing us to be increasing in numbers. And we also have seen the increases in the first quarter of this year, which all bodes well, hopefully, for the rest of the year,” said Springer as she delivered the feature address at last night’s awards ceremony.

“Over the past seven years we have seen recession, depression.

“Rough economic times are what we have faced. We have seen hotels closed, experienced reduced airlift … and we have been left one way or another feeling we just wish this period would past.”

She said that in 2015 the island’s fortunes, however, started to turn.

“Maybe it was because Sandals opened, but last year we began to see a revival, as we saw additional arrivals, new hotels coming on stream, refurbishment of hotels and new cruise ships visiting as well.”



12 Responses to Sandals delivers, says BHTA executive

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Just curious as to how much the all inclusive hotel has impacted the businesses around it?

  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore May 22, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Sandals delivers the tourism numbers of which we boast & reduces the tourism spend of which we lament.

  3. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor May 22, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Delivers what? They bring in everything they use… No local sales there…. How many of the 270 workers are Bajans? What positive impact if any has sandals had on the economy? John Public needs a little more than pretty talk about adding Bim to its list of destinations! Is there a sandals in Libya, Africa, and of the places where ppl have never heard of B’ dos? I thought not. We have accepted that sandals is there, but we will not be fed superficial positive information about an entity that does not add to our failing economy!

  4. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne May 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    This article remind me of a term my aunt used to say. This is like a dressed-up bank holiday donkey. This is made to paint a picture without taking into consideration all factors. Was their essentially zero percent tax rate factored in?
    I mean in terms of how much money the treasury of Barbados is opting not to collect from them as part of the usual expensive cost of doing business in Barbados? Businesses or other hotels of Barbados could probably take the GOB to court before the World Trade Organisation for the anti-competitive deal and sue to get it knocked down by the WTO.

  5. Pam Fazio
    Pam Fazio May 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Little money coming into Barbados from Sandals. I am sure when it operated as Cassiruni hotel much more $ were actually put into and helped the economy.

  6. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince May 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Bogus ….

  7. Randy Hartman
    Randy Hartman May 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    never see politicians so happy to see money leave the economy )) either they real stupid at economics or.. or .. they seeing some rewards we just can’t understand

  8. Steve Hollingsworth
    Steve Hollingsworth May 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  9. Carson C Cadogan May 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    This is a real turnaround for Sue.

    The BHTA was bitterly against Sandals involvement in Tourism in Barbados.

    What prompted the change of heart Sue??????

  10. seagul May 23, 2016 at 7:22 am

    If you follow the money you’ll find the Sue…..

  11. Tony Waterman May 24, 2016 at 3:36 am

    as i read these comments about what the BHTA Executive, Sue Springer is saying about Sandals, i am also wondering, what have any of you armchair quaterbacks put into the Economy, all of Sandals employees are NOT expatriates, a high percentage of them are Bajans who are paid by Sandals and then they have Money to purchase what they need/want. is that not trickle down effect??? I don’t hear/see any of you Complaining about HILTON Hotel or any of the BIG WHITE Hotels, is Butch NOT White enough, or is he too Jamaican???

  12. Adrian Loveridge May 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Interesting Daily Mail article that stated ‘Just 15 per cent of Brits go on an all-inclusive holiday in 2016’.


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