SOME 182 guests from throughout the world were celebrated at a Select Guest Cocktail Reception and Dinner at Sandals Barbados Resort in St. Lawrence Gap during Sandals’ Reunion Week.
The all-inclusive property opened in 2014 and has continued to do well in the Barbadian market, boasting presently of 85 per cent occupancy.
The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, in his brief remarks to staff, select visitors and Chairman of Sandals Gordon “Butch” Stewart, who was also in attendance, praised the work of Sandals and the commitment to the island.
He stressed the importance of making the island comfortable for Barbadians first. “The Tourism sector is our lead sector in the Barbados economy. It pays Barbados’ bills and therefore, we have placed ourselves under an obligation to make sure that we make Barbados as congenial and as comfortable a place as possible for those who visit us. We don’t start by making it congenial for the people who visit us, we start by making it congenial for our own people here in Barbados, because we are aware that if the people of Barbados are not happy, comfortable and proud, it will be hard to make visitors feel comfortable.
“We have embarked on this project in trying to make Barbados congenial a place as possible for our own people and by extension for all of those who visit us… This is not something we have had to try very hard to do and I have heard these comments that the people of Barbados are naturally warm.”
The Prime Minister cautioned, “No tourist destination can hope to succeed when people visit they cannot feel safe and therefore, we make every effort in Barbados that you feel as safe as possible. That is a continuing commitment of successive governments in Barbados and certainly a commitment of the present Government of Barbados.”
He urged them to enjoy Barbados to the fullest and experience what the country has to offer. (NB)