Sandals Resorts International, the parent company of Beaches Resorts, recently announced to its travel agent partners that it will be closing Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa during certain dates from now through 2021, and possibly much longer.
TravelPulse was able to get our hands on a letter sent to Sandals’ and Beaches’ travel experts, informing them that the popular family hotel will close from September 3 to October 15, 2019; Sept. 7 to Oct. 22, 2020; and, as Stewart mentioned in his post, for an indefinite period starting in January 2021.
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“Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort recently announced several intermittent date closures in 2019, 2020 and for an indefinite period in 2021,” according to a statement issued by Sandals. “It is important to note that this decision has been one of the most difficult we have had to ever make, as we care deeply for this island and hold great affection for the people of Turks and Caicos. We felt it our duty and responsibility to circulate accurate data in regard to this complex issue.
“It is important to note that we do not owe any money in unpaid taxes. We have always fully observed, complied and met our tax obligations on time and to the letter.”
Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, issued a statement to the media, responding to the sudden closure announcements and ensuing speculation about a rift between Sandals and the local government.
Cartwright-Robinson said the issue “has not been a matter of Beaches avoiding taxes or of the former Governments or Ministers of Finances before me intentionally leaving this matter unaddressed. The current matter followed an event/action that occurred in 2017.
“A large amount of work has since been vested towards the conclusion of this matter,” the statement continued. “However, as this matter is active before Cabinet where final positions were agreed and are currently being given effect and certainly before Friday’s publication of the Beaches letter relating to the proposed closures.”