Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Sandals Resorts International Chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, is welcome to bid for the Halcyon Hotel lease which was recently awarded to the government after a lengthy court battle.
The property is right next to Sandals Grande Antigua on Dickenson Bay and has long been speculated to be a potential Beaches Resort location.
Speaking on Pointe FM over the weekend, Browne revealed that several hoteliers are already interested in the lease.
“In fact, we will be inviting several operators. I know Sunwing is already interested in
“So we will be inviting several hoteliers to bid and let us know exactly what their intentions are. We know that Apple Vacations had shown an interest before even Sandals,” the prime minister added.
The Sandals Group has had a very public falling out with the Gaston Browne administration over the payment of taxes.
There has been no recent indication that Stewart is interested in the property.
However, Browne says the hotelier is welcome to bid for the property since their issues have now been resolved.
“I don’t know what’s Butch Stewart’s position, but for us, we don’t have any personal issue with Butch Stewart. We had an issue about him paying our ABST and he is now paying, so as far as I am concerned that is a settled matter,” Browne told radio listeners.
He added “so if he wants to look at it he can look at it but again we will be taking the best deal for the people of Antigua and Barbuda.”