Sandals Resorts has retreated from its plans to expand into Tobago, citing bad timing for the change of heart.
According to several local Trinidadian news agencies, there was a lot of negative publicity surrounding the proposed project.
In a statement to PAX, Sandals wrote:
"After careful consideration of our current priorities and existing expansion plans, we will unfortunately not be moving forward with development in Tobago at this time. We would like to thank Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and his Government for inviting us to explore the possibility of bringing the Sandals brand to Tobago just over two years ago and for their tremendous support throughout this process.
While such a project was not in our original short term plans, we have always found Tobago to be an amazing destination with tremendous potential, and we signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with the Government to guide these discussions and explore the opportunity further. While this project is not right for us at this time, we commend both Prime Minister Rowley and his Government on their vision for developing Tobago, and we wish them every success with future plans for the Island."