The World Is Watching Sandals Resort’s Strong-Arm Tactics In Antigua—And We Will Make Them #FeelThePainBoy
Sandals Grande is closing for five month— a move that appears to be a play for increased government concessions after Antigua denied the resort’s demand to waive its duties and taxes on food and beverage. Such a waiver would have surely led to other hotels making similar demands and plunged the government’s finances into a crisis.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne responded:
“We do not wish to have an acrimonious relationship with Sandals, and we have requested a discussion with its Chairman, Gordon Butch Stewart to resolve the issue amicably in the interest of all stakeholders.
We trust however that Sandals understands that the government, workers and suppliers of goods and services are all stakeholders, and must share equitably in the economic gains from their investment. Closing the hotel for five months will be self-defeating.”
Sandals makes billions off the backs of Caribbean people, and for them to retaliate against the government of Antigua by shutting down their resort during peak tourist season is not only cold hearted, it’s the worst kind of ruthless capitalism. Not only will 700 hundred loyal employees be displaced, everyone from tour operators to t-shirt vendors to taxi drivers and other suppliers of goods and services will lose money.
All-inclusive resorts are modern day form of colonization, in which resorts use an unfair amount of the country’s resources while 80% of resort profits get sent back to the resort’s country of origin. Employees are paid low wages, and more often than not, tourists never leave the resorts, so the local economy never benefits.
We want to show Sandals that, in 2017, pain is a two-way street. We’re extending out #FeelThePainBoy travel boycott to all Sandals Resorts worldwide. Corporations can no longer exploit people of color with impunity. We are all connected—and we are all watching.
We say to the people of Antigua: Stand your ground. Do not give into Sandals demands for when you do other major resorts will demand concessions. Other Caribbean islands will be affected by your decision. This is not just Antigua’s fight this is a fight for the Soul of the Caribbean.
Sandals is waging psychological and economic warfare by closing the Resort during the peak tourist season. They are letting other Caribbean countries know that this will also be their fate if they don’t concede to Sandals demands to further pillage the governments and people of the Caribbean. European’s slave system and colonization stole our ancestor’s labor and wealth for hundreds of years. Today, all-inclusive resorts are using modern-day colonization to continue the practice, demanding more and more concessions to drive up profits for their shareholders in faraway lands. When will their unbridled greed end?
It ends when the people of Antigua and the Caribbean show Sandals that their threats are meaningless and they must operate ethically if they want to keep operating in the Caribbean. It ends when the Caribbean people embrace the “BnB” model—more specially Caribicbnb supplemented by Tiphotel and Caribbean Adventures (Tiphotel supports independently owned non-all-inclusive hotels). Caribicbnb will open a floodgate of tourism by reducing the cost of travel and make Antigua and the Caribbean affordable for millions of potential tourists, especially in North America.
Now is the time to rise up. You have the power to re-direct millions of tourism dollars from the all-inclusive model that only benefits the corporate elite to the BnB model that benefits the entire population. Let Sandals and the world know that the Slavery Era is dead and the Shared Economy Era is here.
Today is the day you take your islands back. The BnB Liberation Movement will be launching our Caribicbnb division in the near future, and we will actively recruit tourists to stay at the homes of thousands of locals. These tourists will not hide behind steel doors. They will actively interact with local tour operators, restaurants, shopkeepers, taxis and independently owned local hotels ( not all-inclusive resorts). This is the way forward and the only way to truly gain independence from tyrannical capitalist.
"Caribbean Nations UNITE, and the world will support your efforts to expunge this beast from your land.
Fight and your fellow brothers and sisters will live a more prosperous Life.
Fight for the soul of the Caribbean"
Our movement is a global movement, and in time the people of the world will bring Sandals to their knees. Economic activism is the only way to break the chains of colonization. In addition to Caribicbnb, we are launching a sister division call Caribicgolfbnb to thousands of affluence golfers to Antigua and throughout the Caribbean.
Afrobnb, will connect the 1.2 billion pan-African Diaspora people of the world who live in the most desirable tourist destinations in Africa, Brazil, Caribbean, Cuba and the Americas. Tourism is the last frontier worth trillions of dollars, and we must not let modern day technological BnB colonization take root by giving control to Europeans who only want to eventually exploit us for corporate profits. That’s their history.
Our #FeelthePainBoy travel boycott of Sandals Resorts will propel Antigua and the Caribbean out of the Colonization/Slavery Era and into the Shared Economy Era. It will show the world that all corporations must deal with us ethically and that we will not be strong-armed into granting concessions that do not benefit our people or the island’s economy.
The following Marcus Garvey quote is as relevant today as the day he spoke it a hundred years ago:
“A race that is solely dependent upon another for economic existence sooner or later dies. As we have in the past been living upon the mercies shown by others, and by the chances obtainable, and have suffered there from, so we will in the future suffer if an effort is not made NOW to adjust our own affairs”.
Tipnation is our platform for building, managing and growing shared economy communities that support our mission to travel in peace. In these communities around the world, we’re creating political action committees and finding candidates to fight anti-BnB and anti-tourism legislation. We’re also providing economic opportunity through Tipbnb, Tipcar and Tiptours. Each community will have hosts and tour guides to effectively manage each destination, strengthen our brand and support small locally owned businesses, including independently owned hotels (via Tiphotel).
The BnB Liberation Movement seeks to disrupt both travel and politics by making them one in the same through redirection of travel dollars.
Travel in Peace,