THOUGHTS WITH THE FAMILIES: PM hopes for best possible outcome with investigation into deaths of three Americans at Sandals

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that his thoughts are with the families of the three Americans who died at Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma earlier this month, and while the untimely deaths are “unfortunate, and concerning” it is the hope of the government that the outcome of the investigation […]

AWAITING ANSWERS: Darville says there are “ideas” on American deaths at Sandals, but team must complete findings

Sole survivor, Donnis Chiarealla, says she awoke and could not move NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With speculation mounting on the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three Americans at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma last Friday, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Michael Darville said the multi-agency team investigating the deaths “have a theory”. However, […]

‘PERILOUS STATE’: MOF charts economic recovery to budget surplus by 2024/25 in fiscal strategy report

Ministry of Finance releases 2021 Fiscal Strategy Report and Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Finance (MOF) projects an increase in revenues of up to 25 percent of GDP by the fiscal year 2025/26 with a cap on recurrent and capital expenditure to 20 percent and 3.5 percent of GDP, within […]

STILL NUMBER ONE: PM highlights need to stay competitive in tourism as Sandals Royal Bahamian reopens

Some 900 employees to return to work  Jamaican PM says investments like Sandals Royal Bahamian will “bear bountiful fruits” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that this nation must redouble its efforts to remain competitive in the tourism industry and diversify its economy while allowing for more tourism integration. [pullquote] Tourism […]

Sandals Foundation donates to skills training programs in Nassau

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The clothing, textile and art and craft programs at CC Sweeting High School and Aquinas College recently received a major boost from Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, through their charity arm, the Sandals Foundation. The resort, which is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar overhaul generously, donated bolts of fabric to […]

American Airlines and Sandals Resorts International meet to discuss regional airlift

World’s leading all-inclusive company continues efforts to drive recovery of Caribbean tourism DALLAS, TEXAS — A landmark meeting between top executives of American Airlines (AA) and Sandals Resorts International (SRI) took place at the American Airlines Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, on June 27 at a time when the regional tourism and hospitality sector is working […]

SUCCESS EXPECTED: Sandals has “no doubt” NP resort will reopen “fully booked out” after $37M renovation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) Executive Chairman Adam Stewart said yesterday he has “no doubt” that the Royal Bahamian resort on Cable Beach will be “fully booked out” when it reopens in early November following a $37 million renovation. Stewart, who gave insight into the renovations to be undertaken while touring the property […]

Sandals Foundation to plant 10K trees by June 2022 to strengthen Caribbean environmental conservation efforts

EXUMA, BAHAMAS — As organizations around the world mobilize their networks to commemorate Earth Day on April 22, Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), is intensifying its Caribbean conservation efforts by committing to plant 10,000 trees by June 2022. The effort forms part of a wider Caribbean Tree Planting Project coordinated […]

“ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE”: Union chief slams Sandals Royal Bahamian November reopening

“How are workers going to survive? You’re looking at 20 months that those employees would be out of work” TUC and affiliates to hold meeting on union engagement and question of mandatory vaccinations today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A prominent trade union leader yesterday slammed as “absolutely incredible” Sandals Resort International’s decision to push the reopening […]

Sandals looking to add 5,000 members to regional team over the next four years

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has announced that over the next four years, thousands of Caribbean nationals stand to benefit from increased employment and regional training opportunities as it ramps up its Team Member Exchange Programme (TMEXP) and seeks to grow its regional team from 15,000 to 20,000 team members. This follows the […]

Lack of clear reopening strategy led to delayed Sandals reopening

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Sandals Resorts International’s deputy chairman Adam Stewart yesterday acknowledged that the lack of a clear path to reopening this nation’s tourism sector led to the company’s decision to open its other resorts across the Caribbean first. Stewart told the Exuma Business Outlook yesterday that the confusion created in the marketplace over this […]

Exuma dealt “serious blow” over Sandals reopening delay, says Chamber chief

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The island of Exuma has been dealt a “serious blow” over Sandals’ decision to delay the reopening of its Emerald Bay property to February 2021, according to the island’s Chamber of Commerce president Pedro Rolle. Rolle warned the resulting financial and psychology strain will be “overwhelming”. He said the property employs as […]