Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced during his midterm report that there continues to be active interest in the reopening of Biras Creek Resort which closed in 2015.
Last year during his Territorial Address the Premier confirmed the announcement that was made by Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. Hubert O’Neal last November of a reopening for Biras.
In his confirmation the Premier stated that Biras might be reopening in 2017. Hon. Smith said: “Working with the ownership of Biras Creek and their legal team, we have resolved that property’s challenges and I am expecting that it will soon reopen, fully restored to its former glory as one of the Territory’s premier hotels.”
During the public a meeting in Virgin Gorda on November 9 the District Representative said that the reopening will be good news for the Virgin Gorda which in recent months has had a series of closure and resulting unemployment: In Fact, Hon. O’Neal said that he was informed of the plan to reopen by the owner: “The legal issues surrounding Biras Creek have been settled and there is good news that Biras Creek may become functional once more. Maybe not in this year, but maybe and I’m keeping my fingers crossed…maybe by next year.”
“They have already started doing work actually, they are cleaning up the property so they are employing people to clean up the property,” he added.
Last year it was disclosed that Virgin Gorda’s Biras Creek Hotel & Resort which was operated by Mr. David Johnson under his Victor International Properties brand, through a leasehold arrangement was closing.
In his closing announcement Mr. Johnson stated: “that regrettably, after 9 years of millions of dollars of capital injections and significant operational costs (losses) it had become impossible to continue to operate the hotel as a viable business venture. Therefore, he would be giving up his lease arrangements and shutting down operations at the resort on June 16th, 2015.”
Some 73 workers were affected by the closure, among them, 23 BV Islanders. Johnson and his senior management team have held discussions with all the staffers to explain the resort’s closure.