Senator Worrell defends Sandals concessions

Faced with mounting criticism over the extensive tax concessions deal it brokered with Government, said to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the Sandals hotel chain has been showered with praise by a Government legislator.

Senator Andre Worrell insisted that Sandals, owned by Jamaican businessman Gordon Butch Stewart, had enhanced the Barbados tourism product, invested millions, and provided employment for more than 1, 000 workers.

Speaking in the Senate on the Land Tax Amendment Bill 2018, which regularized the land tax rebates that hotels and villas received under the former Barbados Tourism Authority legislation, Worrell said despite the naysayers, Sandals was a worthy tourism partner for Barbados.

According to the Senator, despite the highly-criticized tax concessions, Sandals had established two hotels, the last one officially launched in December, while plans were announced for the construction of a third on the site of Almond Beach Village in St Peter.

Worrell praised Sandals for increasing the marketing and promotion of Barbados internationally, saying the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc now had another influential partner in promoting the island.

In his contribution to debate in the Senate on Wednesday, Worrell called for greater attention to the be paid to the Dover/Maxwell Coast Road area, pointing out that after one leaves St Lawrence Gap, the hype and excitement of the Gap ended abruptly.

The Government Senator said while the island was able to attract visitors, it was important to have services and attractions for them, including a more active night life circuit.

In this connection, he called for greater attention to be given to Bathsheba and the east coast of the island in general, which he said represented an increasingly popular attraction for more visitors staying at guest houses and residences.

21 Responses to Senator Worrell defends Sandals concessions

  1. Alex Alleyne January 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm


    • Jennifer January 27, 2018 at 9:08 am

      yep. Alex. typical justifying, kiss ass house negro. Change wanna education system too.

  2. Alex Alleyne January 25, 2018 at 10:19 pm


    • Jonah Banks January 26, 2018 at 7:31 am

      I agree with you but it seems that the government doesn’t care about the “small-man”

  3. Darson January 26, 2018 at 8:17 am

    What is a Small Man ?: How much money can be put in his pocket? When the money is put in his pocket where will it be spent and on what ? how long will it last and will this help Him to be a bigger man? and what about the Women ? where will we put the money for them ? ,This small talk is making me feel sick in my head , I am sick of the silly definition , I must say it is just as distasteful as the “poor black man”

    • Jennifer January 27, 2018 at 9:16 am

      @Darson – These educators/social agencies need to develop a mind set in the so called small man from young to shape his finances to attain wealth. The “small man” and the “poor black man” are 1 in the same.

    • Mike January 30, 2018 at 9:55 am

      I am in agreement with you. It cost millions to advertise Barbados on the global market and the more we are known internationally the better for the island. We need more people working who can contribute to the social services and the country in general

  4. hcalndre January 26, 2018 at 10:07 am

    @Darson; you knows very well what Alex is referring when he uses the words “small man.” You should speak of what you think of the millions in concessions that Sandals get, what about the local business people of Burger King and Subway that have to pay 102% on the imported products because they are franchises and have to obey with the rules and regulations of overseas owners.

  5. frank January 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Sandals going to be employing over 3,000 people when Beaches finished, how many people are Burger King and Subway employing?

    • Sue Donym January 26, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Sorry @frank, your cases are not comparable, the point being that if other businesses had the sweeping set of concessions, they would be in a position to open more branches, employ many more AND be assured of profits.

      And let’s take it further – government is the largest employer… does that make them a model of efficiency and are they subject to the same terms and conditions as private employers?

  6. Helicopter(8P) January 26, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Now that Sandels is operating with turbo power I would wish that Barbadian workers keep good faith and show the Caribbean Tourist sector how good we are at our game. Mr Butch Stewart gets company performance data on trimesta, bi-annual and annual, this data reflects the performance of each site location.

  7. Souse January 27, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Seriously, this is supposed to make sense?
    1000 workers employed? While I am pleased that persons are finding employment, these large numbers generally don’t always add up.
    One has to ask how many are full time employees?
    What are the salaries of these employees? Are the majority of employees not in entry level position and possibly under or just over the taxable income?
    So how much tax does the government receive on the salaries of these employees?

    How much more tax would government receive from corporation tax on a multi million annual operation plus the VAT (7.5%) from hotel occupancy/restaurant meals plus the import tax and duties it would have received from imports by the hotel?

  8. Lee R January 27, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    We as a country should be thankful for the employment created by the Sandals hotel, but don’t try to make me believe that they had to be given the amount of concessions they received. Utter nonsense!!!

  9. Jennifer January 27, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    What these Caribbean governments have done is to focus on academics and barricade themselves into this greedy Colosseum of parasitic investors, who ONLY TAKE and don’t give. And a job is not giving.

  10. Roverp January 28, 2018 at 6:30 am

    One of Barbados’s tourism problems is a high tourism leakage. rate

  11. Roverp January 28, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Using Sandals to do your marketing of the island as a result of “RICED” missteps!!!

  12. arthur January 28, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I would like a list of the concessions given to sandals

    • Jennifer January 29, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Good call.

  13. Tony Webster January 28, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Lord, hurry the day we can ELECT our senators.

  14. Alex Alleyne January 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    As I said many times before, VOB played a speech given by Mac Fingall on the radio and I would like them to play it over again so that all who want to LEARN will understand.

  15. Sheron Inniss January 29, 2018 at 7:36 am

    If the salaries for the majority of the workers were terrific it would do.


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