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'Locally based' entities interested in re-opening Biras Creek - Hon Archibald C. Christian

- said discussions currently taking place with owners of resort
Biras Creek Resort closed its doors in June 2015. Photo: Provided
At Large Representative and Junior Minister for Tourism Honourable Archibald C. Christian said parties are interested in Biras Creek and discussions are ongoing. Photo: VINO/File
At Large Representative and Junior Minister for Tourism Honourable Archibald C. Christian said parties are interested in Biras Creek and discussions are ongoing. Photo: VINO/File
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort's closure for 18 months of renovation left some 336 employees jobless. Photo: VINO/File
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort's closure for 18 months of renovation left some 336 employees jobless. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- At Large Representative and Junior Minister for Tourism Honourable Archibald C. Christian said some parties have expressed an interest in operating the Biras Creek Resort and discussions to this end are currently taking place.

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.

16 Responses to “'Locally based' entities interested in re-opening Biras Creek - Hon Archibald C. Christian”

  • north sound (12/05/2016, 08:18) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archie, just tell Johnson to get off the property, it is not his, if you can pull that off, you are in for life my friend.
  • wize up (12/05/2016, 08:28) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    he actually means his NDP's circle of friends will take over that business and your tax money will be diverted to subsidize this venture..... that BVI Airways have local (NDP) associates & our tax money using to absorb the operating cost of bvi airways....
    • Guest (12/05/2016, 09:38) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      I was here thinking the same thing. Here goes the publics money to subsidize some one of their friends pie in the sky dreams. If it does not pan out, it will be on government to keep it afloat by throwing every kids tea party, conference, meeting, to make sure it looks successful...
      • I'm NOT smiling... (12/05/2016, 12:03) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        ...I get what you guys are saying...but would you rather it be operated by them or someone else from away? Not disagreeing with anything you're saying, just asking a question.
  • voter (12/05/2016, 08:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archie has come a long way
  • resident (12/05/2016, 09:11) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes, just kick johnson off the property. someone in a 'high place' is blocking his removal, and it stinks. most
    people like johnson would be deported or in prison. this is upsetting lots of people not to mention the former
    employees and customers who respect Biras.
  • lodger (12/05/2016, 09:43) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Johnson only leases it and he is in dispute with the owner.
    • Yep! (12/05/2016, 10:17) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is in dispute with himself. The people are not being represented in this situation but Johnson does not vote here and I would like to see how much he will have to contribute next election to keep the people blinded and mute. This has been his MO from the jump get go and if his message is not yet clear than only God and the spirits of our ancestors who were held in bondage will be able to help us.
    • shaw (14/05/2016, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      this doesn't surprise me. J***** is a hard-nosed businessman who gets his way. Always has. And he has the money to just close and sit until that happens. What does he want? Something that only benefits him no doubt. He was a player from the beginning. And NDP let him get away with it. He is also behind the expansion of the airport which was part of his original deal with oil nut bay.

  • Hmmm (12/05/2016, 12:47) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    johnson and NDP are one .. BVI PPL is nonexistent..JOHNSON need to GO NOW>>
  • tola (12/05/2016, 13:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Marketing to overseas customers , continue to be a major deficiency when it comes to such businesses. Prospect Reef is an example. Unless it is becomes a joint venture with expats . It will be difficult to attract overseas customers.
  • Tax Payor (12/05/2016, 14:39) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Sage Group of Companies isn't competent enough to take on managing this resort. A perfect example is Village Cay Marina!
  • North Sounder (12/05/2016, 16:14) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply

    Johnson, the mgmt of Little did and NDP just needs to go! The racist D***sh from LDB needs a petition to go now! None of them have the interest of our country and people at heart!

  • Sonder (12/05/2016, 17:46) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply

    I wonder who these conversations are with, seeing as Mr. Johnson does not own Biras Creek! Hopeful that this unique place will once again become the jewel of the North Sound (And the Caribbean) because the community needs some positive news with so much negativity going around.

  • 123 (12/05/2016, 22:42) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another spin and ndp who relish the idea of keeping a majority of the BVI people, middle class and the poorer class in perpetual poverty and depravity because the poverty-N-Poor party has kept us in that disposition for the last 6 years.


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