A major resort development is to take place on Norman Island.
Dr Henry Jarecki owns the island which is located on the southern tip of the BVI’s archipelago. Dr Jarecki also owns Guana Island.
According to Premier and Minister of Tourism, Dr D Orlando Smith, Norman Island’s development is a welcomed addition to the struggling tourism sector.
“This resort will provide much-needed business opportunity and employment during construction, along with substantial long-term employment while adding a significant number of rooms to the hotel stock for overnight guests,” Premier Smith said this week.
“We cannot afford to stay still while our competitors rebuild around us,” he added.
Investment campaign paying off
Dr Smith further said the new resort is as a result of his government’s efforts to buttress its campaign to encourage more investment to the territory.
He said the campaign requires government to do ‘all it possibly can’ to maximize these investments for the full benefit of residents.
“It requires us to make difficult decisions; decisions that will be directed at rebuilding our economy to ensure sustainability for the long term. To do anything less would be a dereliction of duty,” he said.
Several developers for Norman Island project
In the meantime, Junior Minister for Tourism Archibald Christian said Dr Jarecki along with “several developers” will be undertaking multiple projects on Norman Island.
“It will include several hotels, a number of villas and this is part of diversifying our tourism product,” he said.
“It is going to be a very, very high standard. It is definitely going to make a major impact on our tourism product.”
Neither the Premier or Junior Minister Christian specified when the construction will begin.
Their remarks come on the heels of the now-resolved controversy over the Willy T being booted from its usual spot off The Bight on Norman Island.
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