Beaches Turks Caicos schedules closures

Citing “critical and long-standing issues” that
have impacted operations over the past few years, the Beaches Turks &
Caicos Resort will close three times over the next two years.

The property will close from Sept. 3 to Oct. 15, 2019; Sept.
7 to Oct. 22, 2020; and for an indefinite period starting in January 2021. 

The resort would not elaborate on operational issues. Several Caribbean news outlets
say that Beaches parent Sandals Resorts International is disputing a $60 million tax bill with the Turks &
Caicos government.

“It is important to note that we do not owe any money in unpaid taxes,” Sandals said in a statement. “We
have always fully observed, complied and met our tax obligations on time and to
the letter. We punctually and properly pay taxes according to the law and our
track record is exceptional. Much to the contrary, as it stands, we are
currently owed monies in overpaid taxes. We are heartened that the government
is trying to resolve this issue on a fast-track basis to which they have our
full and complete cooperation.”

Beaches is the largest resort on Turks & Caicos by far
with 758 rooms. 

Beaches said that during the time that the resort is open, “all
features and facilities of the resort will be open and operating per usual.”

Guests booked during a closure may change their travel dates
to Beaches Turks & Caicos or travel on their original travel dates to one
of the other Beaches locations in Jamaica — Beaches Negril or Beaches Ocho
Rios — at no additional cost, including airfare change fees.

The resort closed for three months in late 2017 to repair
damage from Hurricane Irma.

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