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.