The embassy of the Dominican Republic in Jamaica brought to the country a delegation of the hotel chain Sandals Resorts International, with the objective of presenting the different tourist destinations and investment opportunities in the Dominican Republic.
This is the first official visit to the Dominican Republic of the prestigious all-inclusive luxury resort chain based in Jamaica.
The delegation was led by Adam Stewart, owner and executive chairman of Sandals; the company’s CEO, Gebhard Rainer; and members of the Executive Committee, who were received by President Luis Abinader.
During the meeting, the President referred to Stewart’s father (Gordon Butch Stewart) as a “legend” of the tourism industry and a source of pride not only for Jamaica, but for the world, whom he had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with.
The delegation visited several areas of the island, such as Punta Cana, Miches, Las Terrenas, among others.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our brief but fruitful stay in the Dominican Republic and wish to thank our hosts, especially President Abinader. When leadership at the highest levels takes the time to discuss tourism potential and investment opportunities, you realize you have found a like-minded collaborator,” said Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International.
The visit was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prodominicana, the Ministry of Tourism, and the General Directorate of Public-Private Partnerships (DGAPP), according to a press release.
The agenda was coordinated and designed by the Dominican ambassador in Kingston, Angie Martínez, in conjunction with the executive director of Prodominicana, Biviana Riveiro.
Martinez expressed that plans for this investment mission had been in the works for some time and have been of great importance to her management in Jamaica.
“Our dream is to bring the prestigious Sandals brand to our country, the Dominican Republic. I am honored by the visit and excited about the possibility of our nation becoming the first country in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean to welcome the prestigious brand,” said Ambassador Martinez.
Following the visit Sandals owner Adam Stewart posted on his Instagram account that this was an “excellent and timely visit, not only because it coincides with the celebration of four decades as the world’s top luxury brand, but because it comes at a time when we are aggressively pursuing expansion goals. We look forward to the possibility of what is to come.”
About the chain
Sandals Resorts International (SRI), founded in 1981 by the late Jamaican entrepreneur Gordon “Butch” Stewart, is the parent company of several internationally recognized travel brands.
The company operates 24 properties throughout the Caribbean under four separate brands.