There is speculation that Sandals Resorts International could be looking to set up shop in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The speculation was spurred after images emerged showing an apparent meeting between Sandals officials, including Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart and representatives of the Vincentian government, led by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
The meeting took place Saturday at St Vincent’s newly opened Argyle International Airport.
The exact nature of the discussions has not been communicated publicly.
Observers say St Vincent and the Grenadines is keen to increase its current stock of hotel rooms to boost its tourism potential and encourage greater use of the USD$259 million dollar airport.
The largest hotel on the mainland, Buccament Bay Resort, was closed in December due to financial problems.
Sandals International currently operates three resorts in St Lucia and has reportedly agreed to buy St. Lucia’s only 18-hole golf course, the Saint Lucia Golf Club.