Speaking with MiyVue.com, Premier of Nevis, Joseph Parry, said the re-opening of the resort is timely.
“Our tourism product has suffered considerably. In fact a lot of the funds we acquired from the Four Seasons were used for promotion of tourism and the available funds have been cut in half due to the closure. In addition to that, apart from direct employment, the government treasury suffered a loss of $9 to $10 million dollars. That could be counted not from only direct revenue but because other activities slowed down as a result of the closure of the Four Seasons.
“Over the next twelve months we would see this situation reversed in a positive direction and we will see the economy getting stronger by the end of next year,” a joyful Parry expressed.
It was also revealed by the Premier that Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas will join him on Thursday 16th December for breakfast at the resort to commemorate the re-open.
Meanwhile, Premier Parry received praise and recognition for his proactive role in the re opening of the Resort, by President of Four Seasons Worldwide-Hotel operations, Mr. Jim Fitz- Gibbon.
“The reopening of the resort would not have been possible without the support of Premier Parry and the government. That kind of support hit a pivotal stage of decision making and honestly, if we did not get that support, I don’t know if the resort would be opened today,” said Mr. Fitz- Gibbon.
According to the President, leadership was about decision making and being definitive in what one wants and sticking to it. He also said that the Premier and the Government of Nevis were unequivocally supportive of Four Seasons and it gave everyone the confidence to go forward.
“Kudos to the people that elected the Premier and the people of Nevis, the island has a great reputation that everyone should be proud of,” commented Mr. Fitz-Gibbon.
In celebration of the reopening on Wednesday, December 15th, the management and staff of Four Seasons Resort enjoyed a well supported pep rally on Friday 10th December, themed: Simply the Best!
The staff members, who were adorned with shirts revealing the Four Seasons logo, were entertained by the sounds of Caribbean Roots and enjoyed a variety of delectable dishes.
The Four Seasons Resort employs over 600 workers from St. Kitts and Nevis.