NEW YORK CITY, New York - As part of our ongoing coverage of Caribbean Week New York, Travel Agent sat down with Glen Beache, CEO of St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority, who told us Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts could be one of three new hotels to break ground this year in the destination. This would be St. Vincent and The Grenadines' first Four Seasons hotel.
Beache told Travel Agent a Canadian developer is looking to break ground on three new hotels on St. Vincent and The Grenadines. According to Beache, there will be a three-star hotel, a four-star hotel and a "six-star" property all on the same grounds. Each hotel will be 200 rooms each, he says.
Although nothing has been signed yet, Beache told us the tourism authority is looking to add such brands as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Marriott International.
Argyle International Airport to Open by March of Next Year?
Beache told us the oft-delayed Argyle International Airport project, which would represent the destination's sixth airport and first international airport, could be completed by the end of the year. He told Travel Agent, however, that he expected the airport to be completed no later than March of next year if, in fact, the December deadline isn't met.
Beache told us the airport is considered a "game-changer" for the island since it will now be able to accommodate the larger commercial planes that existing St. Vincent and The Grenadines airports could not. Whereas the destination is accustomed to accommodating about 50 tourists per plane, the new airport will allow for planes of up to 150-200 passengers.
"Everyone loves St. Vincent and The Grenadines, but the challenge has always been getting there," says Beache. "Now that we have the ability to get these larger planes, I think you will see the best access we ever had."