Sandals Resorts has been highlighting the contribution it makes to the economy of Saint Lucia.
Sandals Resorts International (SRI) Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Adam Stewart, told St Lucia Times that the hotel chain pumps some $US 75 million into the local economy annually through, among other things, tours, taxis, transfers and food and beverage purchases.
SRI is currently working on plans to add a fourth resort here, Sandals LaSource.
According to Stewart, the new hotel will push the total SRI economic impact here to some $US 105 million.
‘This will easily make us the largest private sector business,’ Stewart explained, adding that the new resort will bring the number of Sandals team members in Saint Lucia to 2,700.
He asserted that Sandals Grande, depending on occupancy, will do between 50 and 100 tours a day.
‘What is critical is that the country is feeling that positivity and that growth and there are more linkages into the community. Linkages come from manufacturing, from agriculture, sports and entertainment, tours, excursions – that list goes on and on, all the local purchases,’ the SRI official told St Lucia Times.
He disclosed that there are hundreds of transactions weekly with local businesses
‘I think any insinuation that Sandals does not contribute, or the hotel sector does not contribute, is often misunderstood. It is coming from people that don’t understand,’ Stewart observed.
‘We buy paint, we buy meals, we buy wood, bolts and nuts, we buy materials that end up in the kitchen – cooking oil, these things are not imported, these things are bought locally through local suppliers and vendors. We are buying beef, we are buying fish – you name it,’ he declared.
Steward disclosed that Sandals hotels in Saint Lucia cook over 25,000 meals a day and move between 300 and 400 taxis on a Saturday and Sunday.