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A 750-room Sandals Resorts is
earmarked for Tobago, as Gov-
ernment seeks to make the island
a tourism destination in a bid to
generate revenue, jobs and foreign
exchange, Prime Minister Dr Keith
He made the announcement
while delivering the feature address
at a political meeting in St Joseph
Rowley told supporters Govern-
ment had come up with a tourism
plan to diversify the economy and
take the country out of the eco-
nomic gloom it was facing.
With Sandals opening up doors
in Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada,
Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and
Turks and Caicos, he said it was
time Tobago become an undisputed
vacation experience to the world.
During his recent trip to Wash-
ington, Rowley said he held dis-
cussions with Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) president,
Luis Alberto Moreno, "who is eager
to provide funding for that."
The IDB was so excited to start
the multi-million dollar hotel proj-
ect, Rowley said, it had told Gov-
ernment they intended to pay for
the preliminary work.
"We are talking to the local IDB
office to ensure that the IDB pay
those monies. So we took steps to
present Tobago as a potential site
and we have already had, based on
the work we have done so far... we
have already had a presentation
Wednesday (last) by Sandals to the
"We move on now with respect
to negotiation for 750 rooms in
Tobago to make it a tourism resort."
The news comes days after it
was disclosed Rowley will now head
a special committee charged with
Tobago s tourism sector.
The committee was set up in
May and will see the PM having
oversight of ministers and stake-
holders in relation to tourism.
Members of the committee
include Tourism Minister Shamfa
Cudjoe, Finance Minister Colm
Imbert, Minister of State in the
Office of the Prime Minister Ayan-
na Webster-Roy, as well as Tobago
House of Assembly Chief Secretary
Orville London and THA Chief
Administrator Raye Sandy.
Sandals was founded by
Jamaican business tycoon Gor-
As soon as negotiations have
concluded, Rowley said they would
form a partnership between Sandals
and the State.
Working closely with the Gov-
ernment on this deal was the THA,
He said Tobago would be known
as a "world class... worldwide
tourist destination in the
Caribbean. We will ensure that
when we embark on this project,
that there is funding in place and
this thing called corruption we
want to recede."
Once the deal had been sealed,
Rowley said construction would
generate jobs and open opportu-
nities that could change the face
of the island, which had a lot of
"We will think big and move fast.
We are offering Tobago an oppor-
tunity to take part in the Caribbean
tourism plan in a meaningful way,"
Rowley has already instructed
WASA to upgrade its supply in
Tobago with the establishment and
operation of desalination plant,
while T&TEC would have to
upgrade its electricity supply.
The PM said since last year he
had also promised to open up the
northeastern region by building a
road from Valencia to Toco.
"At the end of that road we will
have a ferry port that will go to
Tobago," he said.
Instead of travelling via plane to
Tobago, Rowley said a 20-minute
hassle free drive would get you
from Trinidad to Tobago and vice-
versa. Funding for the port and
ferry, Rowley stated, would be pro-
vided by the IDB.
Also on the drawing board was
construction of two highways: San-
gre Grande to Manzanilla and Man-
zanilla to Wallerfield.
By the end of June, Rowley said
consultants would come up with
designs for both highways.
750-room Sandals for Tobago
Secondary School pupil,
Dianna Sophia Lopez,
third from, left,
recipient of the Lucille
S Antoine Leadership
Dr Gerard Antonie,
second from right, her
parents, Bennet and
Sita Lopez, and sister,
Celine, right, following
an awards ceremony at
the school yesterday.
The scholarship is
annually by Antoine and
awarded to the top
performing student in
honour of his mother,
Lucille, who died at the
age of 39. PHOTO:
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