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Rosewood Little Dix Bay agrees to hire 250 locals- Premier Fahie

Some 250 Virgin Islanders are expected to be employed by Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort in Virgin Gorda when it reopens early next year after closing since 2016 for renovations. Photo: BVI Traveller
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said he wants to make sure every single person in the territory is working. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said he wants to make sure every single person in the territory is working. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some 250 Virgin Islanders are expected to be employed by Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort in Virgin Gorda when it reopens early next year after closing since 2016 for renovations.

While wrapping up the debate on the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System (Amendment) (No.3) Act, 2019” at the continuation of the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) today, October 18, 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said Rosewood Little Dix Bay agreed to hire that amount of locals.

Hon Fahie was at the time making a point that Virgin Islanders needed to equip themselves with the necessary skills to become gainfully employed in the territory and that Government was trying its best to train and find employment opportunities for them.

Everyone must be working

“We want to make sure every single person in this territory is working,” Hon Fahie said, adding that “We signed someday and helped out with Little Dix that was supposed to open soon and one of the things we dropped down is…there are certain amount of people you have to hire, and they agreed to hire 250 people.”

“So I [am] looking forward to seeing 250 Virgin Islanders inside Little Dix when it opens. And we are going to make sure they are trained,” Hon Fahie added.

According to reports, Rosewood Little Dix Bay will reopen in the first quarter of 2020 and is already taking reservations.

The resort, comprised of 80 new rooms, villas and suites -- including treehouse suites and pool suites -- was opened by Laurance Rockefeller in 1964. Little Dix closed for a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2016, but the planned reopening was delayed by Hurricane Irma, which caused widespread destruction in the territory in September 2017.

Meanwhile, Premier Fahie said the bill entitled ‘Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System (Amendment) (No.3) Act, 2019’ is largely “a tying up exercise to facilitate the Beneficial Ownership Secure System being able to extend to access economic substance information required to be filed with the International Tax Authority.”

The bill has since been passed with amendments.

14 Responses to “Rosewood Little Dix Bay agrees to hire 250 locals- Premier Fahie”

  • Yeo (18/10/2019, 18:17) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    That’s true. But the low end of the sticks jobs. Why more of our trained people ain’t get no GM of the difference departments? Yet we want to empower of people for greatness
    • ? (18/10/2019, 19:51) Like (38) Dislike (0) Reply
      How many people you know that start at the top?? Stop the nonsense! Some of the same expat managers that come here to do the top jobs ask them how they got their start. Thats our problem here, the entitlement bullshit!
      • SMH (19/10/2019, 05:44) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        @? Do you know how many locals already at the top? Who’s already been school and train for the same jobs those who’s coming in to do? We have certified accountants here. We have certified house managers here, public relations, certified dining room management here etc. did you think I mean someone just off the street? Come on think a bit more harder.
      • Street reporter (19/10/2019, 07:02) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        This is an A-Plus Hotel 5 Star. It deserves good workers ... Excellence is the order ... It doesn't matter if they R locals or Not. Young or old... With experience or willing to learn. They need Good hard working, respectful, good personality and discipline workers keep the business profitable.. Keep the doors open. Keep it in business for a long time
      • @? (19/10/2019, 08:51) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    • Too true (19/10/2019, 05:41) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Really??!! To "empower people for greatness" people need education & experience. Those people in top jobs at large hotels have degrees in Hotel Management & Catering (or similar) then have spent years working through the ranks getting experience at different locations before landing the "top jobs". You can't just come in off the street and run an establishment like Little Dix!
    • ha (19/10/2019, 07:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Perhaps because they don’t know the difference between difference and different!
  • biker (18/10/2019, 20:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's great!! One quarter of the 1000 jobs in a 1000 days promise by the VIP could be fulfilled by early 2020. Now what the public really needs to know in early 2021 is how many of those 250 BV islanders originally hired in 2020 are still on the job 1 year later. If it's over 60% then only 100 employees left Little Dix in less than a year. If the number drops to less than 50% then over 125 employees left. Hopefully more will stay than leave.
    • ??? (20/10/2019, 21:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      These are not new jobs but jobs which are coming back on stream. I hope the gov is not trying to fool us by saying that they created these jobs.
  • Hmmm (19/10/2019, 06:41) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    250 locals. Good idea. Good PR. However. Not practical... Not good for business. Like it or not most locals hard to manage.. Don't want to take instructions. Sometimes it seems like you have to beg them to work. .I once manage a hotel in VG most people on Permits not all most are willing to work whenever asked.. Sometimes they are even asking for more hours If I had my way. No one worker would work more than 10,yrs After 10 yrs renegotiate with them if it means pay them out and rehire them from start. These long term workers 20, 25, 30plus yrs most of them act like they own the place.. No one can talk to them.. very hard to Manage hard to get rid of. It will cost a company lots of cash to let go a 25 yrs plus worker which most companied dont want to pay. They rather keep them and pray they do something bad to fire them. While they reaping Havoc in the business... I will hire one local one work permit worker .. This is good for business..talking from experience.. Locals come first that's the way it is.. thats the right thing. I worked with a few really good local workers..
  • simple (19/10/2019, 07:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They deserved the best. We can't afford to fail them..
  • Struupz (19/10/2019, 08:56) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply

    i know for a fact these LOCALS will do a good job!!!! A matter a fact i am sorry if some of us local dont sit and take sh8t!!! Some of these employers want to treat ppl how they want and think we will stand for it!!! The ppl from here have no choice!! They have to stay and deal with jacks!!!

  • @hmm (19/10/2019, 08:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Ok negative Nancy!! Local work just as hard. We just dont take bullsh*t! Ppl paying you 6 an hour!!!! Could barely pay your house rent and survive and yet they want you to be doing things above your pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quiet Warrior (19/10/2019, 16:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    “Rosewood Little Dix Bay agrees to hire 250 locals- Premier Fahie.” So Rosewood/Little Dix Bay agreed/negotiated to hire 250 locals so who were they planning to hire in the first place? Do qualified locals have preference in hiring? Or that is just political talk? Numbers can be misleading. So let’s put things in context.

    What is LDB work force? How many locals are in top management, middle management, skilled positions and non skilled positions? Watch the numbers and not be bamboozled by the 250 number. If most of the 250 are no skilled, should be impressed? No.

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