(Jamaica Observer) Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), Adam Stewart, has expressed optimism about the state of recovery of the regional tourism industry and the prospects for the future.
Stewart’s optimism is underscored by the fact that the hotel chain recently opened its 16th resort in the region – Sandals Royal Curacao.
Stewart, who sat down with Yahoo Finance’s Andy Serwer for a wide-ranging interview on the popular programme ‘Influencers’, said despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, things are getting better.
“I think they are and I certainly think they were prior to the pandemic,” he said.
When asked “How is business now?” Stewart said Sandals has already exceeded 2019 occupancy levels and rates. He said September and October numbers are unlike any the resort has seen before.
“It’s booming particularly with social groups, it’s booming with weddings, it’s booming with incentive travel,” he revealed.