Although the recently reopened Almond Beach Village Resort is reporting favourable performance, the plan for Beaches Resort to replace it is still a go ahead.
Regional public relations manager at Sandals Resorts, Dominic Fedee, told Barbados TODAY that while Almond Beach’s recent report of 80 per cent occupancy was good for Caribbean tourism, plans to begin construction of the much talked about Beaches in Barbados was set for the second quarter of 2015.
“It’s really good for tourism when we have indigenous Caribbean brands that are doing well. So it’s good news for us that the brand is doing well. I think it will help to motivate more Barbadians and more entrepreneurs from the Caribbean to get involved with tourism. So it’s a really good thing and we are happy that there has been success with the Almond operation,” he said.
Under a memorandum of understanding, the Barbados Government bought the Almond Beach Village Resort from its Trinidad and Tobago owners Neal & Massy Holdings and leased it to Sandals to manage by using the brand name Beaches. Fedee said that that agreement was signed in good faith and as a result the brand had all confidence in Government that they would hold its word.
“We are still excited about the beaches project. We just got back from Beaches Turks and Caicos where I spent the weekend and I saw what is possible really in Barbados where we were able to show some journalists from Barbados the wonderful facility and five-star product that we offer there and the world class vacation that we continue to offer people. We intend to do the very same in Barbados whereby the tourism product and the family vacation experience can be enhanced,” the public relations manager said.