An internationally-acclaimed five-star resort brand is slated to set up shop in the British Virgin Islands; bringing the promise of more employment opportunities for persons in the local tourism and hospitality sector.
District Representative for the Ninth Electoral District Dr Hubert O’Neal said plans are underway for the development which will be constructed in Virgin Gorda.
“Thanks to your NDP government, there is expected to be a brand new five-star development called Six Senses Resort and Spa at the Blunder Bay area here in North Sound. This development is on the magnitude and scale of Little Dix Bay, and the government has already given the green light for this exciting new development,” Dr O’Neal said at a National Democratic Party (NDP) rally in North Sound, Virgin Gorda on Tuesday.
Dr O’Neal said the new resort would not only present employment but business opportunities for Virgin Gordians.
Resorts scheduled to reopen
Dr O’Neal said several resorts that were closed are now gearing up for their reopening in the district.
He said Bitter End Resort is currently rebuilding and while the villas will take time to be restored, the restaurant and docks will be opened later this year.
He also said that Little Dix Bay hotel and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, more commonly known as YCCS, are also slated to resume operations shortly. Saba Rock is rebuilding and may not begin operations before next year, he noted.
On the other hand, Oil Nut Bay, Necker and Mosquito Island are now reopened.
The Ninth District representative said many of the resorts are hiring.
“I know that there are a number of Virgin Gordians still out of work especially my female friends, but the future looks bright for employment opportunities and other supportive services.”
Plans for Gun Creek
Dr O’Neal said if given another term in office, he would develop the Gun Creek Harbour. He said work has started on the hurricane-ravaged Owen Harrigan Visitor’s Centre at the location.
He said because of the flurry of traffic Gun Creek encounters from the northern private island resorts, plans are afoot to develop adequate parking facilities for the area.
“There is also consideration to extend the present dock. This will provide additional berthing for the ferries that ply from Gun Creek to the resorts in North Sound,” Dr O’Neal said.
He continued: “The original plan was to develop a bulkhead around the entire lagoon with kiosks, shopping, restaurants and gift shops for the local entrepreneurs to conduct business right here in Gun Creek.”
Dr Smith said, if developed, Gun Creek will become a ‘hot spot’ for residents and visitors.
“We can do this if you give me and the NDP team that chance to develop this beautiful gateway at Gun Creek,” he said.
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