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Target date set for construction of Beaches resort in Antigua
Published on March 21, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version


ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Construction work on the Beaches resort project in Antigua should commence between the months of April and May next year, according to Sandals chairman Gordon "Butch" Stewart.

While speaking to a group of Antigua and Barbados journalists on a tour of Beaches Turks and Caicos, Stewart gave an update on the project ear-marked for both countries.

On Antigua, the chairman explained, "We have started the groundwork but in terms of physical work, we are looking at around April/May. We will start off with the building of the cays and suites and move on to the attractions such as an ice-skating rink (a first), waterpark slides, a cinema, an X Box lounge, sesame street camp and other features you have seen firsthand."

The chairman of the Sandals/Beaches group further commented, "The family resort product has done wonderful things for TCI and it will do greater things for the people of Antigua and Barbuda."

The benefits to the Turks and Caicos have included a yearly contribution of US$93 million to the economy, US$1.9 million to cab drivers, US$10.9 million towards utilities and US$37 million in payroll.

Stewart, who has a special relationship with Antigua, having exported Sandals there first, told journalists he has built strong partnerships over the years and is proud to promote the twin-island destination and Sandals when traveling the world.

"I love Antigua. It's just a beautiful island with great people and I know Beaches will add to the development of the country. Already, Sandals earns more foreign currency and provides more employment than any other private company. We have partnerships with taxi drivers, tour operators, shopping centres, vendors, farmers, etc. This will significantly increase with the presence of Beaches. The future of Antigua and Barbuda looks great," Stewart added.

Beaches Antigua will be built on the site of Grand Pineapple and will boast 1-4 bedroom suites, up to 12 restaurants, conferencing facilities and a wide range of exhilarating and unique features. The opening of the US$150 million resort will also triple employment to over 700 in addition to hundreds of construction jobs.
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Gary alner:

Have enjoyed three wonderful holidays at the grand pineapple and loved the personal service and the freindly atmosphere that comes with a smaller resort. The planned development does not sound like it will do anything to improve this, more likely to spoil another gem of the Caribbean. Whilst I'm sure the proposed development will benefit the economy of Antigua it's a great shame that antigua has to loose a yet more of its charm in exchange.


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