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Necker Island to reopen in October

Richard Branson on Necker Island. (Facebook image)

Necker Island will officially reopen for business in October.

Necker is one of the outer islands in the British Virgin Islands and is owned by British business tycoon, Richard Branson.

Like the four main islands in the BVI, Necker was also devastated when Hurricane Irma smashed into the territory last September.

“Work is well underway to rebuild the island and guests can look forward to white sandy beaches, luxurious accommodation, watersports, tennis, and world-class food in one of the most beautiful regions of the world,” said Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition in a media release on Monday.

The release said once refurbished, the island will provide 11 bedrooms at its Great House, which will include a master suite, and a bunkroom that can house up to six children.

More rooms will be added throughout 2019, Virgin Limited added.

News of the impending reopening of the high-end private island comes at a time when the local tourism industry is gradually showing signs of recovery.

Cruise ships have already begun to steadily return and while most of BVI’s major resorts are still out of commission, proprietors of these resorts said they are planning to rebuild.

The tourism industry was one of the hardest hit during the hurricanes and hundreds of residents who worked in that industry lost their jobs as a result.

Tourism is one of the two main revenue-earners for the BVI.

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  1. lol says:

    perfect place to produce medical marijuana

  2. Hotelier says:

    Nice free publicity for Mr Branson. What about the rest of us.

  3. Then says:

    as usual, our lands will continue to -produce exorbitant profits for some while the trickle down, minimum unlivable wage theory progresses onward, while our people remain poor and by standers to the economic windfall.

    • Rubber Duck says:

      Why did some rich local not buy Necker then? It was very cheap when Branson bought it? Same with other properties developed by incomers.

  4. Gumption. Officail says:

    @Then – Some of you people are so shallow minded. Take my word, all the energy you’ll have try one once put it into something amazing. Something positive. The BVi is there for us to enjoy and live off of. But people too busy worrying about what others are doing instead of what their doing for themselves. There’s so many legit ways of making money from our lands just that people like you too lazy to even sit and figure it out.

    • ...... says:

      I know why u so defencive

      • Gumption. Officail says:

        @…… Not sure about you and your friends but you see mine?! When their wrong I pull them up online or offline using my name…… when I see bs talking about my friends, in this case about Richard from no self driving, no passion, no ambition just someone who’s sour and just post because they have data piss me off. Simply because they don’t know anything and follow hear say vs finding out for themselves. Most people see what happened on October 19th 2012 But didn’t see what happened with Richard son was 5 and I was 7 of age……. Respect and having a positive attitude get you far (anyone) car in life. The key is to work hard and give it our best while keeping God involved in every single move.

  5. Anonymous says:

    2 Gumption. Officail

    A. Trickle down economic policies and practices,

    B. and a minimum unlivable wage are two significant factors that have and continue to affect how well or badly we “can and enjoy living off of” the/our land.

    For example, imagine a hotel worker working as a dish washer, landscaping, and other such jobs taking home one hundred dollars a week.

    Those folk have, as we know, high rental fees to meet, even higher food cost, and at least one child to feed, clothe, shelter and educate.

    Trickle down economics and minimal unlivable slave wages make their lives very hard, and their struggle to get by very difficult to impossible.

    Lastly, many who think similarly have worked and are still working hard to make their businesses viable and successful.None lazy are they!

    So do clarify further without the unsubstantiated un-called for personal attacks.

    Meanwhile, try living off of and taking care of rent, food, transportation, electricity, water and education on a hundred a week.And do share the results, will you?

    • Tosh says:

      Not so. Minimum wage $6.50 per hour. So a full time dish washer will make $260 per week plus usually a share of the tips or service charge. Plus many are paid above minimum wage. Restaurant wages are higher in BVI than in Florida.

    • TCha man says:

      To much pickney and and want to be in everything got yall brokes
      …stop living outside your lane.

  6. Sunnyvi says:

    Be thankful for Branson and Necker. He highlighted the post Irma problems, helped his staff and VG rebuilds without cost to BVI, now promotes islands for return of high-level tourism/jobs. What’s not to like .. he doing better than government . He saying good for tourists to return at all levels. Praise him. A decent man and friend of BVI.

  7. Dummy. says:

    All the millions collected for bwi relief by u——- b— which nobody has seen. Where is he spending it except the bit he is giving to vg high school. This money was collected to pay for fixing houses for people. If he wants to do education he should collect money for that and not mislead people by calling it relief for the poor people who have lost everything. Yes he is a decent person and a smart business man but I suppose there is more political mileage in school building than poor people housing.

  8. Empty Vessel says:

    Sunnyvi, we all welcome, honor and respect Mr. Branson unequivocally., no questions therein.

    We also appreciate the contributions he and his business is making to the territory’s progress, and we are also most thankful and gracious also..

    However, many are concerned with the low to stagnant unlivable wages all hoteliers are paying their employees, while reaping huge profits at their labor expense, which is an unfair practice that our governments have allowed to flourish since we adopted the tourism model in 1960.

    So, we praise him for what he has and continue to do, but hope that he will set salary examples for all other hotel owners to follow.

    • Hotelier says:

      Hardly any BVI resort hotels make a profit. From about 35 resort hotels only 10 or so make any money and then mostly very little. Hotel wages in BVI are amongst the highest in the Caribbean. Compare with St Lucia or the DR.

  9. Gumption. Officail says:

    2 Gumption. Officail

    A. Trickle down economic policies and practices,

    B. and a minimum unlivable wage are two significant factors that have and continue to affect how well or badly we “can enjoy living off of” the/our land.

    For example, imagine a hotel worker working as a dish washer, landscaping, and other such jobs taking home one hundred dollars a week.

    Those folk have, as we know, high rental fees to meet, even higher food cost, and at least one child to feed, clothe, shelter and educate.

    Trickle down economics and minimal unlivable slave wages make their lives very hard, and their struggle to get by very difficult to impossible.

    Lastly, many who think similarly have worked and are still working hard to make their businesses viable and successful.

    So do clarify further without the unsubstantiated un-call for personal attacks.

  10. TCha man says:

    To much pickney and and want to be in everything got yall brokes
    …stop living outside your lane.

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