Work has begun on the newest addition to St Vincent and the Grenadines tourism sector. Earlier this week the clearing of lands and roadways started in earnest, for the Black Sands Resort at Peters Hope.
The project would utilize local architects and builders during the construction phase. The 2018 fiscal year marks the beginning of a new thrust in the expansion of our hotel room stock
Earlier this month Minister of Finance Camilo Gonsalves said that the project had already received planning permission for the first phase.
“The Blacksands Resort, a multi-million dollar development in Peters’ Hope, has obtained the necessary first-phase, planning permissions and will commence construction this year”.
The project consists of 40 villas, totalling 160 rooms, and a 200-room hotel. Post-construction, the Resort is anticipated to employ 300 Vincentians when it is fully operational.
The minister further stated that the Government has made no secret of its intention to construct a state-owned, private-sector managed hotel or hotels to add 200 – 350 rooms to the current stock of high-quality tourist accommodation.
This model is common throughout the region, with the Barbados Hilton, the Trinidad and Tobago Marriott and the Saint Kitts and Nevis Marriott being just a few of the many state-owned facilities that are managed by major international brands.