Prime Minister Gaston Browne has lauded Sandals Resorts for the renovation, enhancement and upgrading programme planned for Sandals Grande Antigua, saying that the project sends a strong message of confidence to the global market for the country’s recovery from the pandemic.
The renovation programme, scheduled to commence in the first Quarter of 2023 will add 400 construction and tradesman jobs and upon completion, will create about 300 permanent jobs over time.
The renovation programme will materialize within the next three months with completion estimated in 2025.
Browne says he and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda were very excited by the plans announced by Sandals.
“We are extremely pleased to learn about the enhancement project that Sandals has planned for Sandals Grande Antigua. Very impressive. The renovation and addition of new rooms at this time will help soften the impact of the pandemic on our tourism industry. As we embrace the global market for visitors to Antigua, we can say with confidence that we are ready, and with the luxury rooms of Sandals I am sure we will be able to meet and surpass the pre-pandemic levels in a very short time.”
Meanwhile Tourism and Investment, Minister Charles Fernandez says this upgrade signals a boost to the country’s tourism package.
“I am very pleased that this renovation and upgrade program is coming to fruition. After several months of discussions and deliberations, Antigua and Barbuda will witness a further advancement of our Tourism product. Added to this, employment in the construction and entertainment industry will receive a major boost. As Tourism Minister, I am confident that the Sandals Group will continue solid investments in Antigua and Barbuda in the luxury inclusive tourism experience, while we continue to take our brand to the next level,” Fernandez said.
And Sandals’ Executive Chairman, Adam Stewart, recently revealed that the resort company will be adding stunning new luxury accommodation at its Dickenson Bay resort.
“From when we opened this resort in 1991, there was always a very special place for the beautiful island of Antigua and its wonderful people in the heart of my father, our late founder, Gordon “Butch” Stewart. It goes without saying our vision for Sandals Grande Antigua includes an exquisite transformation at the resort in celebration of our 40th anniversary and my father’s legacy”, he said