Govt stays firm

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Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds yesterday restated Government’s position on further concessions for Sandals saying it is standing firm.

He was commenting on the delayed start of the $840 million project that would see the Sandals Beaches project at Heywoods, St Peter, finally get under way.

Symmonds said Government continued to engage possible partners for multimillion-dollar hotel projects, but if need be, could let the Sandals project fall by the wayside.

“There has to be a sense of fairness, and we’ve made our position very clear, and it is for the proposed developer, who has already spent considerable money on the beach area, to make a determination as to what the next step will be.

“Barbados cannot afford to have one brand of hotel accommodation which has virtually everything scot-free, and then all other brands, including those which are home-grown, suffer almost as if they were walking on a bed of nails by comparison,” the minister said when asked to provide an update on the project.

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