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‘Rosewood Little Dix resort closure would have cost NDP election’ – Hon Julian Fraser RA

- had the NDP not call snap election & the process allowed to run its course
Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) hit out at the man he had hoped to replace after the election, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, saying that he must speak of the closure in financial terms and not just wax philosophical about it. Photo: VINO/File
Biras Creek Hotel. Photo: Provided
Biras Creek Hotel. Photo: Provided
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort. Photo: VINO/File
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said that had the election process been allowed to run its normal course and had there not been snap elections, the news of the imminent closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, together with that of Biras Creek Resort would have spelt doom for the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) chances at holding on to Government.

Honourable Fraser made the comments in an exclusive interview with this news site on the recently announced upcoming closure for 18 months of Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort on Virgin Gorda, which will see some 300 plus persons placed on the breadline when the business closes for 18 months from May 1, 2016 for renovation.

“This is a government which called a snap election by dissolving Parliament seven months before it was constitutionally due, and between the dates of the premature election of June 8, 2015, and the mature election date February 2016, we saw the closing of Biras Creek Hotel, the commissioning of the BiWater Sewage Treatment Plant, and now the closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort. All of these matters would have been devastating news for the NDP had the election process ran its course,” Honourable Fraser said.

You have my support

He said that to comment on the closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort on Virgin Gorda for a year and a half is as painful as the effects of the closure itself.

“First, I'll like to acknowledge the 300 employees who will be directly affected, and let them know that they have my support in the trying months ahead. But more importantly, that I find their abandonment by the government to be insensitive and totally unacceptable,” said Honourable Fraser.

The Opposition Leader hit out at the man he had hoped to replace after the election, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, saying that he must speak of the closure in financial terms and not just being philosophical about it.

“As a former Minister for Labour, I find it difficult to believe that what is without question the largest employer on Virgin Gorda, and oldest multinational corporate citizen in the Virgin Islands, would suddenly, and disrespectfully decide to take such a dastardly action without first discussing it with government,” he said.

He said that while he believes it is too late for Government to do anything about the closing date, he thinks that if government has the will, and the interest of the community and the people first, they can exact some serious and meaningful concession from Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort.

We can't lose sight of bigger picture

“While our fixation is on the 300 employees, and I do agree that they come first, we cannot lose sight that the operation at Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort is a part of an entire industry which must now deal with the devastating financial consequences of the domino effects, which includes air land and sea transportation of goods and services, local vendors, including dining to name a few,” said Honourable Fraser.

The Premier must give the territory a full and detailed breakdown of what the Financial and Social impact this closure will have on the territory, he said.

“For too long government has been allowed to control the narrative on politics, the economy, and the truths, leaving us a people numb to any form of personal assessment to the point where we believe everything we hear,” he said, adding that it is hard for him to believe that only now is Premier Smith knowing about these developments of Little Dix Bay and others.

37 Responses to “‘Rosewood Little Dix resort closure would have cost NDP election’ – Hon Julian Fraser RA”

  • wize up (19/01/2016, 10:18) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    yea right!
  • i from here (19/01/2016, 10:55) Like (29) Dislike (57) Reply
    Fraser go sleep!

    VIP lost the election because you are the leader!
  • don (19/01/2016, 10:58) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    Frazer has awojen from the dead clap clap clap clap
  • 2cent (19/01/2016, 11:13) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply

    Wait there is more to come YCCS closing for 1 year or maybe more? and Bitter End cutting staff also? THING 2 TALK

  • facts man (19/01/2016, 11:26) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tell them fraser the liberator
  • MYOB (19/01/2016, 11:27) Like (10) Dislike (26) Reply
    The government cant stop any business from closing they are closing for the right reason. They need to get up to par with the other hotels. Persons will have a chance on getting back their jobs upon re-opening. At least they did better than that Johnson man from Bitter End.. Workers had one day notice..thses people at Little Dix have 4 months notice.
  • Help me to understand (19/01/2016, 11:37) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    If government bails them out, it would result in government and the "rich white friends " foolishness again. If they dont, Government dont care about the people. Im always at lost when private corporations want to revamp their establishment its always GOVERNMENTS FAULT. Wheather its Lime, trust companies or the resorts. Honestly ask your self this question... what would you really want Government to do? and if you were a business owner and had issues you had to address within your company, would you like government to interfear? Given that the proper procedures were taken?
  • miss (19/01/2016, 11:48) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Fraser, how can the government stop a private establishment from closing? If they want to close they will close. These things happen all over the world. Having a job in the hotel industry is never a sure thing. These people have 4 months to try and get themselves sorted before the hotel closes.
  • Political Observer (19/01/2016, 12:09) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agree with the Hon Fraser, D-3 and leader of the Opposition, that 1) LDB is a major a player in the tourist market, 2) furlough for 300+ employees will be painful and have a ripple effect in the Virgin Gorda/BVI economy, 3) surprising that government was not consulted before hand and 4) if no consultation occurred, it was major "dissing" of the Premier.

    Nevertheless, his saying that LDB closure would have cost NDP the snap election is just hyperbole. It just playing a what if if it were game. The VIP lost the election because the snap election caught it flat footed and it was not nimble enough to respond, 2) it did not lay out strong reasons for unseating an incumbent government, 3) its slate of candidates ( where are they now?) did not match up well with NDP's, 4) it failed to exploited NDP 's weaknesses, 5) there was lack of confidence in the leadership, 6) it lacked a strong cohesive plan of action and milestones for the future........etc. The electorate did not vote for the NDP; it voted against the VIP. Many candidates rode the anti VIP wave. The VIP needs a complete revamping to draw a strong slate of candidates for future elections. Some members may have to put their egos aside for the good of the party, if it were to experience a resilience. Sometimes to save a patient, the physician have to amputate a limb.
    • RAJ (19/01/2016, 22:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      In this case though saving the "patient" (Party) the physician would have had to amputate the head. I don't recall ever seeing any headless people walking around, do you??
  • Heat broken (19/01/2016, 12:09) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    It will be sad if the NDP had all this information and used and hide it from the people to win an election. In some places they call this wickedness
  • W*F (19/01/2016, 12:16) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
    This man good in his head?
  • lmao (19/01/2016, 12:18) Like (22) Dislike (90) Reply
    So let me get this straight. If NDP waited and elections were called after Little Dix closure, that means Rosan-Bunbury, Zoe, Raja, Mcleod, Maynard, All Out and them would have beaten the NDP candidates? LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • dog (19/01/2016, 13:11) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    I agree that the early election potentially covered up controversial issues including the investigation into the pier park. But in all fairness, and with due respect, there was no one to vote for with strong ideas, organizational skills, temperament or humility to be a dignified leader. Sorry to say. The government is a master game-player, but we needed equally qualified candidates to challenge. You and Andrew are valuable in holding ministers' feet to the fire, but your ego at leadership got in the way and that contributed to the loss. But keep speaking out in your capacity because challenging is valuable in keeping the public informed. in the meantime, scout for fresh blood and qualifications.
  • Logic (19/01/2016, 13:23) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Can someone please explain to me why a hotel closing for renovations or downsizing is the fault of any government...?? Please, sensible answer and not just a bunch of Dislikes.....Is the government suppose to tell them that they can't run their hotel in their own best interest?? I'm really not understanding this.... I dare the wise folks on VINO to give me a sensible, coherent answer.....
    • E. Leonard (19/01/2016, 15:48) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Logic, the issue is not about Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort closing for needed renovations. LDB is a major high end resort, the largest employer on the Fat Virgin (Virgin Gorda) and a key link in the tourism chain. As such its closure will have a ripple effect on the number of beds available for stay over guests, employment, income, retail businesses, impact on furloughed workers, government revenue......etc. Consequently, government needed a timely heads up to plan for the closure, ie, ferry operators, retail stores, real estate agents, tourist board, budget office.......etc. Though governmrnt cannot tell a business to not close, the business does have a social and corporate responsibilty to give governmrnt as much notice as practical.
      • Logic (20/01/2016, 14:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Fair enough on the notice, but since when is it the government's responsibility to notify employees in the closure of a private business? I under you quite well and I agree but most of the comments I have read here and heard on the street say nothing about what you just mentioned. They just want to blame the government because it makes them feel better. So fine, they give them notice, they still have to close. There is no preventing that as a private company, so I really don't understand what all the noise is about still. I would feel the same way maybe if I were one losing my job, but do you really think most of the people on here ranting about NDP are concerned about "Available beds, retail businesses, government revenue, tourist board and ferry operators"? Come on guy. Me and you might look at that, but I can assure you, most of the noise makers are not....They just don't like the NDP..... And yes they may have kept it a secret, but I doubt if there was a change in government, this situation would not have changed any. So when they say "this is what we voted for, I really don't get it..." A vote for another party would have stopped LDB from closing? Get really people... Secret or no secret, it was closing. This happens all over the world. Get use to it VI..... The BVI is not a magical place. It's real life like everywhere else. We've just been use to having this our way and too good for too long.
        • E. Leonard (21/01/2016, 09:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Clearly, you are a strong and passionate supporter of the government. And that is all good. Nonetheless, no political party in a either a democratic, communist, or socialist country commands a 100% support a 100% of the time from the population. There will be disagreements and difference of opinions. And diversity of opinions and ideas are good for effective governing. In any event, some of the disvanatages/vulnerabilities of the VI and other Small Island Developing States(SIDS) are that there are 1) high cost of public administration, 2) high cost of infrastructure and services, and 3) government is more directly involved in the economy and employment than governments in larger developed and/ or developing countries.

          Moreover, citizens have higher expectations for service delivery and require more close up interaction with politicians and other government officials. As such though generally it is a private company's responsiblilty to apprise employees of changes in business operations, workers expect to hear from government on some business operations decisions. As such, consistent with a business' expected social and cooperate responsibility commitments, a joint effort with government in communicating with employees on some business operations changes is beneficial. The closure of Rosewood LDB for 18 months for much needed renovations in my view qualifies as a good joint venture..
    • BuzzBvi (20/01/2016, 01:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Think E Leonard has it for you.
    • Heads (23/01/2016, 03:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Has not Adams said, "Town and Planning knew of the hotel's plans since 2013," if they knew, this is sufficiently serious and should have been of concern for the Premier and Cabinet to know and address in a professional, sensitive and timely and manner. Nothing is hidden from God, not even the hardship yet to be experienced!
  • Bernie Sanders (19/01/2016, 13:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The solution for this is for locals to get together and own major Hotels ,so we wouldn't have these issues..Let's start with Prospect Reef,this belongs to government ,are we going to give it Expats to fall in this situation? I said my part last week it's time for solutions ,election is long gone let's get together and fix the issues ,let's stand up voters let's our voices be heard and demand Prospect Reef for the people to secure our children future..
  • wize up (19/01/2016, 14:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    the virgin islands political party had the opportunity to develop the property at prospect reef hotel in to a revenue stream for the territory and did nothing; here we are griping because a private company is closing: our leaders continues to develop the territory on the strength of foreign investors and when them shut shop we acting so confused: the territory find 7 million dollars to invest with a foreign airline BUT cant find 1 million dollars to inject in to agriculture development of the territory....
  • serious?? (19/01/2016, 15:21) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    So the VIP strategy is to win elections on the backs of the suffering. That is so sick.
  • Antsnest (19/01/2016, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big cut from the projected funds of the NHI. At least these 300 people will still be covered by Health Insurance. Little Dixs should be made to pay their 3.75 % until the May closure.
  • wize up (19/01/2016, 16:23) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    I can guarantee fraser if elections were call this minute VIP have no chance of winning, even though those establishment plan on closing... Poor chap don't even have the support of his own collogues
  • oh really (19/01/2016, 21:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where ging with this crap. You mean to tell me Fraiser don't know why
    they lost the election yet?

    This must be a joke. The dead party he killed is the reason Mr. Fraise.
  • bvi (19/01/2016, 21:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    There was no party ready to overthrow the present government even if the election was called at the end of last year, now or later.
  • Foreign Investor (20/01/2016, 02:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "he thinks that if government has the will, and the interest of the community and the people first, they can exact some serious and meaningful concession from Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort." The exact mind set of this political leader. Wring the hands of those who you feel need your help. Under your leadership all foreign owned business would be "soooo generous", continually giving to the community but only because of the hard conversations held behind closed doors. Rather not invest in the BVI. No, rather not elect leaders like you.
  • too damn naive (20/01/2016, 04:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If we keep living in denial we will continue to suffer. We focus too much on who we like and who we dislike than focusing on what's real.(reality)..
  • street reporter. (20/01/2016, 04:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even if the whole BVI close down VIP never stand a chance with it leadership.. They too stubborn. They need to listen. The leader maybe a good man but he is not well liked...Will it take another election defeat for you all to be convinced.. Please.
  • I'm begging. (20/01/2016, 05:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Collin O'Neal and Dr Dawson need to come together and form a new political party. We need help..VIP is dead..
    • wize up (20/01/2016, 08:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ I'm begging: wonderful logic, the territory truly need an alternative to the NDP and the VIP before next election... The future of our grandchildren is at stake....
    • +++ (20/01/2016, 11:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Colin would support big tall Miami-style buildings and change Road Town but he did consider saving main street.
      What would his father do?
  • Me (20/01/2016, 05:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is not BVIanymore. There are lots of ignorant people now living in our community. I wonder how many of them have a vote? We are looking at people's livlelihood and all they can do is attack. How many of you are depending on handout from the taxpayers through government? If you have nothing positive to say shut up.

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