Hotel chain Sandals threatens to sue Antigua prime minister

A row between Sandals and the Antigua and Barbuda government could be headed to the law courts, if the hotel goes ahead with its threat to sue Prime Minister Gaston Browne for statements which it says are defamatory and have the potential to hurt the hotel chain’s reputation and brand.

Sandals Antigua and the Browne administration are at odds over the plan by the government to bring an end a 65 per cent concession on Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) on room rates, which was written into the hotel’s agreement with the previous United Progressive Party (UPP) administration in 2009.

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