'Locally based' entities interested in re-opening Biras Creek - Hon Archibald C. Christian
This he said in an exclusive interview with this news site yesterday May 11, 2016 while commenting on some of the challenges to the sector.
However, he pointed out that Biras Creek Resort and its 75 employees lost due to closure were still as not as much as a challenge to deal with as Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort whose closure for 18 months of renovation left some 336 employees jobless.
According to the Junior Minister, the challenge in the closures of the resort will be to ensure that the employees were looked after in terms of their labour commitments, their severance packages and whatever immigration time they needed to get.
Parties interested in Biras Creek
Hon Christian said the parties that have expressed an interest in taking over the Biras Creek Resort operations are all locally based.
On June 16, 2015 this news site was the first to report that Biras Creek Resort in Virgin Gorda had sent home all of its employees, stating in a severance letter to employees dated June 16, 2015 that the resort would be closed until further notice.
Hon Christian lamented that following its closure Biras Creek Resort did not reopen as planned.
"Biras Creek unfortunately did not open as planned...there are still discussions taking place between the owners and David V. Johnson as it relates to how they sever their ties or resolve their issues," Hon Christian said.
"But some parties have expressed an interest in operating the resort and those discussions are taking place as we speak," he said.
He noted that, in relation to some of the displaced workers from Biras Creek Resort and Rosewood Little Dix Bay, some of them have been hired by other entities in the hospitality sector.
"Some have left the territory and have relocated back to to their own home countries. But we think that as of this week some of the issues are being dealt with in a manner that demonstrates to us that we will have the matter rectified," Hon Christian told this news site.