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Major Virgin Gorda resort, Little Dix Bay is edging closer to its opening date, and in preparation announced that it will be hosting job fairs in late July in order to have requisite staff in place for opening.
Little Dix Bay, which for decades has been a prime employer in Virgin Gorda and a signature resort on that sister island, closed its doors in April 2016. The closure was to commence major upgrades, and resulted in a number of Virgin Gorda residents being left unemployed.
Since the closure, there were various announcements that the property was going to open around December 2017, but hurricanes Irma and Maria caused damages to the completed works, which resulted in a delay of the opening.
The issuing of employment ads is therefore an indication that this time the opening date will mostly likely hold. In fact, through an announcement on its Facebook page, the company disclosed that it is hoping it will be able to start taking reservations shortly for 2020.
However, the resort disclosed that although it is looking at staff and booking, a firm opening date has not been set. "We don't have a set date at this time but we are working towards a late 2019 opening.”
This, however, is not the first job placement undertaken by the resort since closure. In fact, the management of the facility has been undertaking staff placement in anticipation of its opening since 2017.
One of the most noted placement was in September that year when the management of the resort announced that Mauricio Manrique was appointed as its new Director of Finance and will be tasked to maintain the prudent financial management of the organization. Manrique will be required to oversee Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s finance department, implement the resort’s financial strategy and ensure overall profitability.
With the adverts out to fill the various Little Dix resort vacancies, it is anticipated that training will follow before the doors are swung open. The mentioned training was made at the time of closure. That disclosure was made by Edward Linsley, the Managing Director in 2016 during a media interview. He told reporters, “Once we start getting ready for the re-opening we are going to be bringing in people for hospitality training, service training. We really want to make this an ultra-luxury hotel and we’ll be doing intensive training as we get closer.”