Buccament Resort Schedule To Re-open in 2018

The Buccament Resort which closed its doors in December of 2016, may soon re-open.

Minister of Tourism Cecil Mckie told parliament that the Government had been advised that the resort should re-open its doors and commence operations in early 2018.

Mckie said its closure had impacted negatively on the tourism sector, with the lost of jobs and arrivals from the UK where their focus was concentrated.

He told parliament that the facility is in the hands of a trustee in bankruptcy.

The Minister said this is an ongoing process and the court will have to approve the entity that would eventually operate the facility.

In December of 2016 David Ames Chairman of the Harlequin Group of Companies, the owners of the Buccament Bay Resort,  said that Harlequin hopes to refurbish the Resort and re-open under new management in spring 2017. However, such did not materialise.

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  1. If and when this project is eventually opened, would it then be owned by a Fit and proper Person/Company? Would we find ourselves in hock to a worker of a Ponzi? Our track record is not good!

    A comprehensive appraisal of the would be buyer of the business should surely be carried out but by whom? Who would be responsible for doing the due diligence checks? Again our record of looking out for the Nations best interest is not a good one!

    Which Carpetbagger is knocking on our door with sweeteners and looking for spoils?

    • Remember a potential buyer is the Government of SVG. Cubanistic Marxism at its best. Strange that Cuba is running away from that old model that did not work, even while Castro was still alive. SVG is trying to institute that unworkable model where the government builds houses, manages hotels and even has confession booths. If the SVG Government buys the resort we may then have a LIAT form of hotel management where everyone is unhappy except the shareholders.

  2. The government has never come clean with the public about all the debts owed by the Resort and Dave Ames to various parties in SVG. These run in the millions of dollars and include: monies owed to past employees and those who lost their jobs when the resort closed; large sums owned to contractors who were either never paid or still owed hundreds of thousands of dollars; suppliers of food, drink, and other items who were also not paid; millions owed to Vinlec and the CWSA for unpaid utilities; millions owed to the NIS, the tax department, and perhaps other government agencies for money collected by Ames on their behalf but never transferred to them.

    Either the government or the new management would have to accept all these liabilities for the Resort to re-open.

    None of this takes into account the tens of millions allegedly owed by Ames and Co. to those who invested their retirement saving in purchasing the resort’s villas and hotel rooms, most of which were never built.

    Cecil McKie is not coming clean on any of this.

    The announcement sounds like a pre-election cry of desperation.

  3. You people cannot just wish the country well and just move on , u have to bring down the country and their in your lame assess talking bad and wishing nothing works , then complain that the country is hard, it’s hard because of ppl like u, be innovators,well wishers, don’t be so pessimistic about every opportunity that is put out to the vincentian public, we need opportunities like this to boost our economy,provide jobs etc, there was a bad episode before with the resort which led to some of the most unfortunate loss of jobs etc.just trust that the persons will learn and put tighter measures in place ,and b glad that some opportunities are available to young people, so instead of being there criticizing ,how about just helping creating ?create jobs, opportunities etc..tired of u people

    • Utter nonsense!

      We, the people and our elected government, never learn from our self afflicted mistakes but make the same poor decisions over and over hoping for a different outcome, a psychological affliction called insanity.

      None of us are trying to bring the country we all love down. What we are saying is that Buccament Bay Resort was a scam from day one, as anyone who has followed the history of the resort clearly knows.

      The hundreds of workers, contractors, and suppliers will never get the hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to them. This government, which wilfully allowed this scam to take place, would never get the millions owed to it by Dave Ames.

      Buccament Bay Resort was never, ever an opportunity. It was always a ripoff of our people and hundreds of British investors, many of whom lost their life savings.

      How can you preach such ignorant fart!

      • Lex, do you think it was nice of Amees and his crew to buy fruits and vegis, get tasks done by the Vincentian people but so many NEVER got paid? Is that what you think is a great job for Vincentians Why don’t you go work for free and see how you like it.

        • Now you can’t say they never got paid. Yes they owed millions to to business and employees but remember the resort open in 2010 and closed in December 2016 they are ppl and business who made millions as well. It’s not like from Inception they just never paid there bills.

    • The reason why we get so many crooks is because of people like you Lex, that do not want to see all the corruption and instead only talk about gum drops and lolly pops as our taxes continue to go up while it goes to the money junkies.
      I am sure us pessimists would love to see more jobs in SVG but SUSTAINABLE jobs, and not working for Ponzi-schemes.

  4. My dear Lex, we would all agree that Job opportunities are needed in SVG, so why does this Government of ours, do not provide us with such opportunities as are needed, by it reducing our very high Taxes, thereby creating the LOW TAX environment that all businesses need, in order to grow and create Jobs?

    You write of naysayers but for your information Lex, what we most certainly do not need, are fly-by-night operators who simply just stroll into SVG, only to take advantage of us, then move on, thereby leaving us high and dry, while they laugh all the way to the bank.

    Lex, do you happen to know what “due diligence checks” was made on the English Man, David Ames, before the Government allowed him and his company to set up shop in Buccament Bay?

    Please do tell us Lex, what is at the bottom of this Buccament Bay Resort saga, that forced its closure? Could these events that eventually unfolded, the sad events that forced the Resort to close, could these events have been foreseen by any competent Government Minister carrying out due diligence checks Lex?

    What prudent policy, should our Government now be following as a result of past events, on our behalf Lex, in order to avoid such sad happenings as the Buccament Bay Saga, in the future?

    • Excellent comments which I also deal with in a siubsequent AIA essay. The short answer is that what due diligence that was seems to have been rejected for political (as opposed to economic) reasons.

      • Looks like Lex never read your essays…too negative for him. You should have talked about gum drops and loly pops in those essays. and tales of how we are all going to become rich because Ralph promised us.

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