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Vaccine Mandate Announced by Elite Island Resorts

Hammock Cove, Antigua

In a bold move, Elite Island Resorts, a leading all-inclusive travel company representing nine hotels in Antigua, St. Lucia, The Grenadines, Barbados, and Panama announces that as of September 1, 2021, all guests over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival.  

“With hospitality at the core of what we do, compassion lives deep within our souls, so it has always been our duty to protect the health and safety of our guests and our employees, first and foremost,” says Elite Island Resorts founder and CEO Robert A. Barrett. “Further, we have a commitment to our communities and the destinations in which we operate. Current science tells us that if you’re vaccinated, you are less likely to become seriously ill, or end up taking up a hospital bed in a fragile medical environment such as the Caribbean where local resources cannot afford to be overburdened. It’s imperative for us to protect the hospitals of these smaller island nations, and while they have had a good track record so far with COVID-19, we must remain vigilant, and all do our part to become part of the solution.”

According to Barrett, it was important to consider a variety of factors when it comes to mandating vaccines. “While we understand that news of our vaccine mandate may be disappointing to select travelers, it will be uplifting and encouraging to others,” says Barrett. “Travel breeds tolerance and with this decision, we don’t seek to divide, because as hoteliers, we bring cultures and people together. Yet, in today’s world, we must consider so many more variables to do that, all while respecting the integrity of these beautiful islands and the people who work in them. After weighing all the choices, issues, and concerns, mandating vaccines was the wisest option in protecting the critical tourism industry of these beloved destinations which are so crucial to the survival of so many employees, and the only way we will be able to keep travel and tourism going strong throughout the fall and winter. People rely on us for work—to support their families and their livelihood—so in making this choice, we work for them, too.”

Elite Island Resorts represents five resorts in Antigua, including Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Hammock Cove, St. James’s Club & Villas, Pineapple Beach Club, and The Verandah Resort; St. James’s Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia; The Club Barbados, Palm Island, The Grenadines; and Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama. 

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Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures, ForbesTraveler.com, E! Online, Gayot.com, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.