Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith mentioned that the works to renovate Little Dix Bay are proceeding well, and that the facility will be reopened as planned by year end.
Little Dix Bay closed its doors last year April to commence major upgrades, and in the process left a number of Virgin Gorda residents jobless.
However, in an update on the project during his midterm report that was delivered on 10th July via simulcast Hon. Smith announced that the renovation was proceeding well: “We are also optimistic about 2017 with the reopening of Little Dix Bay which is on track to open at the end of December.”
Earlier this year while speaking to the media during a press conference on March 8th, Premier Smith explained that he was updated on the renovation and is optimistic about the reopening: “Little Dix closed because they wanted to renovate the hotel to bring it up to highest standards, and that work is going one. The little information that I have is that the work is going on according to schedule and on time,” Hon. Smith told reporters.
Last year Premier Smith disclosed that on Thursday 14th January 2016 he was informed by senior managers of Little Dix Bay of the 1st May 2016 resort closure. He also noted at that time that the renovation marked the most extensive beautification project in the establishment’s more than 52-year history.
However, Hon. Smith said that he was saddened to learn that resort was closing for approximately 18 months.
“I am heavily burdened by the impact of the closure on its staffers, their families, businesses and the entire Virgin Gorda community. As a matter of fact my entire Government deeply regrets and empathises with you. My Government and I remain committed to your economic and social well-being and will support you in every possible way,” Hon. Smith declared.
- Source: BVIHotpress.com