Sandals has denied that it is about to enter the local transportation sector
There have been reports that the hotel chain will be granted concessions to import vehicles.
However Winston Anderson, who was recently appointed Managing Director of Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, while disclosing that he has heard the reports, said that there is absolutely no truth to them.
“We have never ever thought about getting into the transport sector,” Anderson stated.
“We have a great relationship with Southern Taxi and the three taxi associations at the various resorts,” he declared.
Anderson said entering the transport sector is not a strategy that Sandals has considered.
“There is no truth to that one,” he explained, adding that Sandals will continue to work with Southern Taxi and other taxi associations.
“We have just encouraged them to get more luxury vehicles because with the over the water bungalows and with us upgrading our suites, we have encouraged them to invest,” the Sandals official disclosed.
Anderson, who is both Manager of the Sandals Grande and oversees all the other Sandals properties in Saint Lucia, said he was elated and excited about his appointment.
“It gives me a greater opportunity to work closer with Saint Lucia and be in a better position to continue to drive Saint Lucia as a destination and continue to assist the community on a wider scale and more importantly, to continue the role of developing people,” he explained.
Sandals Resorts International last year announced plans to add a fourth resort, Sandals LaSource Saint Lucia, to its award-winning list of properties here.
The new resort will be nestled on 19 acres of land next to the existing Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Resort.
“I think the proposed new resort is going to take the destination to another level,” Anderson asserted.
Anderson noted that currently there are some 1,800 people employed by Sandals with the new resort expected to provide employment for some 700 more.
He said adding another resort will benefit all the stakeholders, including taxi drivers and fishermen.
Anderson also promised to work more closely with the agriculture sector.