Sandals withdraws from Tobago project but Gov’t won’t give up
CEO Gebhard Rainer, in a press conference today, said the main reason for withdrawing was the negative publicity surrounding the project.
He said the Sandals team had been grateful for the unwavering support and transparency from the Government and from the Prime Minister.
“From the beginning there has never been a doubt about what the Prime Minister has been trying to do for the good of Trinidad and Tobago,” Rainer said.
He said there would be no cost from Sandals that would be passed on to the T&T Government as any cost they would have incurred from preliminary designs would be at Sandals’ expense.
National Security Minister Stuart Young said a handful of people had tainted a global international brand and that it was a sad and disappointing day.
He also said the Government isn’t going to “just give up” on the Tobago project and that the Government would continue to look for opportunities in Tobago.
“We will continue to look and see if there are opportunities for Tobago. We believe in Tobago. We believe in the destination of Tobago.”
He said Sandals also believed in Tobago and said the island continued to fit in the spectrum of long-term viewing.