PM: Royalton Resort significant to tourism

Prime Minister: The Royalton Resort represents the standard that people expect when they visit Saint Lucia.

Owned and operated by Canada’s third largest airline—the family-owned Sunwing Travel Group, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa located in the north was constructed in less than 17 months with a room occupancy of 450. That number is expected to more than double, to total 950 rooms.

Prime Minister Hon. Allen M. Chastanet said the US$250 million resort is a significant step for local tourism, as the six-star resort represents the standard that people expect when they visit the destination and fits into the new branding thrust for Saint Lucia.

He also called for a collective voice on issues of investments that benefit the individual Saint Lucian.

“The 800 Saint Lucians who have jobs here and the impact it will have on their families; the multitude of bus drivers that are to be bringing staff to this hotel; the multitude of farmers that now are going to have a new market that didn’t exist before; all of the tours in Saint Lucia who now have another thousand people to sell to every single day is why political parties must set aside their political differences when it comes to investment in this country, because it is for the benefit for all of us, whether we are in government or in opposition.”

During last Thursday’s formal opening of the Royalton, Prime Minister Chastanet acknowledged the input of the former administration.

“I want to recognize and thank the Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony and his government for taking the bold initiative in making this investment happen. This group could have gone to many different places and despite Stephen’s love and affinity for Saint Lucia, he could have gone somewhere else. So I think we owe you a great debt of gratitude.”

The Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa together with Sunwing Travel Group are expected to inject $60 million directly into the local economy.

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 31, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Now dats reel investment an they employed many Lucian’s now mr primister weh the moneys u spend already I haven’t see nun

    1. Anonymous
      March 31, 2017 at 10:33 am

      What employment? They are merely taking employees from other hotels. Ask any hotel worker and the story is the same. Rooms are empty. What is the point of building new hotels if you can’t fill existing?

      1. Anonymous
        March 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        Somebody has to replace the workers that were taken from the other hotels

  2. Anonymous
    March 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Sunwing is a bit different, it’s an airline, travel agency, with chartered flight, and now with hotels. Therefore, they can fill up their own hotels.

  3. Kenny's Dog
    March 31, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    THE CHASTANET HATE IS DEEP IN SOME OF YOU PEOPLE. RELAX HE WILL TOUCH YOUR LIVES IN A BETTER WAY THAN KENNY EVER DID. CHASTANET DONT ASK INVESTORS FOR SIDE MONEY IN ADVANCE. HE DOESN’T NEED IT. WARNING: DO NOT ASK POTENTIAL INVESTORS FOR 50 MILLION IN ADVANCE BEFORE APPROVING THEIR DEVELOPMENT.

  4. Amie dodo
    March 31, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    The Spanish men did not do a good job the electricity is fullty lucilec didn’t past royalton hotel their are running on generator’s

  5. jedi james
    March 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I am graduating on the 7th of April for maintenance at sandals halcyon I would love to be a part of the staff in this hotel

  6. Anonymous
    March 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    As guardians of the democracy I am disappointed that St, Lucia times will delete a comment I made which I believe is of critical importance to the people of St. Lucia – I do hope you have at least tried to find out the facts.
    So let me remind you, please find out why Royalton has terminated their GM, and what was the reason behind it, especially after the Royalton disrupted many hotels in St Lucia by poaching staff.
    As a recognised media source, that I have always held in high regard, please do your work and follow up on this.

    1. Anonymous
      March 31, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Please find out also, why several staff members are now trying to flee the hotel, maybe you will help save poor jedi james above.

      1. Anonymous
        March 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm

        Thanks. My apologies for doubting you guys, and my commendations for taking the necessary steps to make sure the story was right.

  7. Pissed
    March 31, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    It’s a new hotel. You dont expect it to be at 100% immediately. Sometimes you’ll need to think before you’ll speak. Everything is politics, when will you guys be grateful.

  8. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Please focus on the positives. Person are being employed, families are being fed, children are being educated, the hungry are being fed, lives are being saved, sad families are happy, bills are being paid, the elderly are being care for and the sick are being cared for to name a few. Kindly focus and the good.

  9. Anderson Reynolds
    April 3, 2017 at 5:34 am

    I don’t understand this nonsense about poaching staff, its competition, is good for the workers, it forces existing hotels to treat their employees better both in terms of pay and respect, so its a good thing, and the fact they were able to pull people form the other hotels means they are perceived as offering a better/improved deal.

  10. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Let’s all be more productive and make St Lucia Great Again.

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