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Sandals eyes expansion into the Dominican Republic

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  •   03-07-2022  8:48 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Sandals eyes expansion into the Dominican Republic
From left: Jordan Samuda, Chief Administrative Officer, SRI; Biviana Riveiro, Executive Director, ProDominicana; Her Excellency Angie Shakira Martinez Tejera, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Jamaica; Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman, SRI; His Excellency Mr. Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona, President of the Dominican Republic ;Gebhard Rainer, CEO, SRI, Ramel Sobrino, General Manager, Sandals Resorts; Nicholas Feanny, Project Manager, SRI. (Supplied)
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Sandals Resorts International is exploring opportunities to expand its brand into the Dominican Republic.

Members of the Sandals Resorts International (SRI) Executive Committee toured the DR recently, meeting with government officials, including being received by His Excellency Mr. Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona, president of the Dominican Republic.

The purpose of the trip, at the personal invitation of Her Excellency Angie Shakira Martínez Tejera, ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Jamaica, was to showcase the destination and discover investment opportunities.

During the two-day visit, led by Sandals Executive Chairman Adam Stewart and CEO Gebhard Rainer, the SRI team visited various areas of the island including Punta Cana, Miches and Las Terrenas, among others.

Members of the Sandals Resorts International Executive Committee tour the Dominican Republic. (Supplied)

Although Stewart and SRI executives had been to the Dominican Republic previously, this marked the first official visit by the Jamaica-based luxury all-inclusive resort company to the destination.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our brief but fruitful time in the Dominican Republic and wish to thank our hosts, especially President Abinader. When leadership at the highest levels makes time to discuss the power of tourism and investment opportunities that expand its reach, we know we’ve found a like-minded partner,” said Stewart in a release on Monday (March 7).

According to Ambassador Martínez, plans for the visit had been underway for some time, and were of great importance to the Dominican Republic.

“Like Jamaica, where Sandals hails from, the Dominican Republic is a revered Caribbean tourism destination and the [tourism] industry is critically important to our economy. It is a dream of ours to have the very prestigious Sandals brand present here. We are honored by the visit and excited by the possibility of our island nation becoming the first Spanish Caribbean territory to welcome the Sandals organization,” stated Ambassador Martínez.

Multi-year expansion 

SRI is in the midst of a multi-year expansion and innovation plan aimed at strengthening tourism’s return to the Caribbean region.

Earlier this year, SRI reopened Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas, and will soon unveil its first property in Curaçao on June 1.

Three new resorts are planned for Jamaica, and, in 2023, SRI will unveil a new resort under their Beaches Resorts brand in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Announced late last year, SRI’s investment of nearly US$200 million will result in 3,000 Caribbean-based jobs, SRI said. 

During their visit to the Dominican Republic, the delegation also greeted the Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Roberto Álvarez, and had an informative meeting with the Director General of the Public-Private Partnership of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Sigmund Freund.

“This was an excellent visit at a time when we are pursuing expansion goals aggressively. We look forward to the possibility of what’s to come,” said Stewart.

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