Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles said he was tremendously disappointed at the decision by Sandals to withdraw plans for a hotel in Tobago.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Charles said: “This is a tremendous blow to our tourism thrust, which is one of the intended drivers of the Tobago economy.”
Central MP and former planning minister in the People's Partnership government Dr Bhoe Tewarie says what has happened to the Sandals project is unfortunate for Tobago and for the tourism sector in T&T.
However, he has put the blame at the feet of the government.
"Dr Rowley and his obstinate, belligerent ministers are directly responsible for this failure. From the very beginning, no one in the Government would explain the project properly. The story changed as they moved from one explanation to another as if no citizen would remember what they said before," he said.
The Tobago Business Chamber says it is saddened by the decision of Sandals Resorts International to pull out of Tobago.
The Chamber says the potential loss of associated projects would be catastrophic for the economy of Tobago.
The Tobago Chamber issued the following statement today:
"It is with great sadness and regret, that the Tobago Business Chamber notes the announcement of the withdrawal of the Sandals group from its proposed investment in the development of two major Brand Name Hotels in Tobago.