Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Sandals Resorts International recently announced its decision to shut down its properties in the Caribbean. The properties will remain closed until May 15th 2020. The decision has been undertaken to protect the guests and staff against the deadly coronavirus spread. All resorts under both the Beaches and Sandals brand will close their doors on the last day of this month.
Gordon Stewart, Founder, and Chairman, Sandals Resorts said in a press statement that the decision is really difficult. However, amid the global coronavirus crisis, the move is inevitable. He mentioned that Sandals Resorts will be using the time to make further enhancements to its resorts. He said the enhancement would be made so that the company can continue to surpass the expectations of the guests. Sandals Resorts aims to provide guests with proper luxury accommodations and facilities during their vacations, that the guests rightly deserves.
He further added that the company wants to alleviate any additional worry guests might have about their forthcoming vacation after the crisis is over. He mentioned that the dedicated team at Sandals will be reaching out to guests personally to assist them. They will help guests to reschedule their future plans. This way guests can spend less time trying to reach the team and spend more time with their near and dear ones.
The Sandals Resorts brand operates 19 properties in the Caribbean. Out of those properties, around ten are located in Jamaica. The temporary closure of these resorts and other hotels would also mean that thousands of hospitality workers will be rendered jobless.
Although Stewart mentioned in his statement the Caribbean is resilient. The region has always come back better, stronger and more passionate than ever. He promised that the present time will not be any different. He concluded saying when the right time has arrived, the brand will be ready to welcome back guests with open arms and a warm smile.