Sandals wants to work with local farmers, suppliers

By Demion McTair. Updated 3:01 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Sandals Resorts International (SRI), wants to work along with local farmers and suppliers as they embark on a USD $100 million project to establish a Beaches Resort branded, family-oriented hotel.

“In the briefing we had from the Sandals procurement people, they made a few things clear. They made clear that they want to deal with local businesses and suppliers, they want to deal with local hardware stores, they want to deal with local suppliers of food and beverage,” Finance Minister, Camillo Gonsalves said at a July 22, contract signing ceremony for Beaches Resort.

“They want to deal with local trades persons and contractors, and in particular, they want to deal with local farmers,” Gonsalves said.

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Mr. Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, who also spoke at the contract signing ceremony said that the company hopes to start a “sandalization process,” referring to the company’s implementation of its business model, one which he says is “inclusive” and “transformative”.

“We will work with manufacturing, the taxi drivers, the entertainment industry, agriculture, the hardware stores, retail and just about every sector throughout this country, through a linkages program and ensure that we play our our rightful part”, Mr. Stewart said.

Sandals often boasts of its track record in working will local players where their hotel operate. In its home base, Jamaica, for instance, the hotel group says it spends more than J$500 million per year to procure some 5.4 million pounds of locally produced food in Jamaica.

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