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Two major resorts to reopen next winter, says Premier

Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda is one of at least two major resorts in the British Virgin Islands slated to reopen next winter.

That is according to Premier Dr D Orlando Smith who said his government has been in direct dialogue with the owners of the acclaimed resort.

In fact, recent reports coming out of Cabinet have said — subject to a further review by the Office of the Attorney General — government has entered into a redevelopment agreement with the owners and operators of the resort.

The extent of that agreement was not disclosed.

Meanwhile, Dr Smith said certain progress is also being made towards the restoration of other local tourist attractions.

He said the Virgin Gorda-based Bitter End Yacht Club, for example, will reopen its marina and restaurant in early 2019.

“Also on Virgin Gorda, I am pleased to report the Biras Creek Resort will rebuild to an even higher level with current plans calling for the first phase to be reopened by winter 2019/2020,” Dr Smith said while speaking in the House of Assembly last week.

Long Bay Resort expanding under new ownership

He continued: “Peter Island Resort is also quite advanced with the extensive rebuilding plans. Similarly, Long Bay Resort here on Tortola now has new owners and plans are moving at a feverish pace to commence rebuilding, expansion, and repositioning of that property. This will be a boom to the tourism product on Tortola,” he added.

Premier Smith, who is also Minister of Tourism, said work also continues at pace on Saba Rock and Mosquito Island.

All these properties sustained major damage during the onslaught of the September 2017 hurricanes. While the local tourism industry slowly rebuilds, government is also facilitating the process with new investments.

Just recently, government signed an agreement for a major development on Norman Island.

The development, which is projected to cost in the upwards of $200 million, will the see the construction of three potential 20 to 30-room hotels and will provide ownership opportunities for 75 to 100 residences. The development will also include the addition of another restaurant on the island, a floating pool, a beach bar, a water sports centre, as well as a spa, an observatory, and boat slips for day visitors and residents.

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  1. Reader says:

    All praise to the Lord… God Bless you Premier for supporting these initiatives which will definitely help to boost our tourism product…We pray that similar strides are being made ref. the financial services (in which many persons’ livelihood is tied)…we look forward to hearing period updates…

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  2. @Reader says:

    In case you didn’t know, nothing never open on time or don’t go overrun in the British Virgin Islands. You will be hearing all kind of hype nonsense from this national disgraceful party.

    Remember year 2015 snap election people. We were all foooooooooooooooooled!!!

    And oh yea we sooooooooo ROBUST!!!!!!! Don’t be a foooooooooooooooool peoooooople.

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  3. Reply says:

    Well, that’s welcomed news. Slowly but surely, our country will get back on it’s feet.

    With that said, I will defer criticizing any politician in the spirit of Christmas and the Holidays. After all, they are humans like the rest of us with families. Nothing that could be said today has not been said before.

    Instead, I wish them, all civil servants, my fellow bloggers, the staff at bvinews.com, and my fellow BVIslanders a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

    As a country, we have been thru quite a bit as of late, with many of us still going thru hardship post hurricanes. Many of us have lost love ones this year as well, and this holiday season will be particularly difficult without them.

    As such, let’s celebrate life this holiday season, and be grateful that we have lived to see yet another Christmas and New Year. Let us not forgot those among us who may be in need, and extend a helping hand to our neighbors to the extent we can no matter how small.

    May God Bless you all. Merry Christmas & a Blessed New Year from my house to yours!

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  4. Dawayne says:

    Wait. Minister of Tourism???? I thought he was Minister of Finance? Wait isn’t he also the Premier? Man that man be so busy.

  5. Shocking says:

    This is what you call a man with many corrupt hats.

  6. WTF says:

    The two resorts that are scheduled to open is beneficial and does enhance the development of the Virgin Islands tourism product. However, the Willy T hands down is a bigger draw than the two resorts together. The Willy T draws ordinary folks, and the extra ordinary. Those rich people resorts don’t cater to locals. We have lost Bomba Shack, and now the Willy T. Those two attractions catered to everyone.

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