Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday demanded that the government work with Club Med’s Columbus Isle Resort on San Salvador to get the property open by Christmas, rather than the newly announced reopening date late next year.
“I am not satisfied that the government has and is doing enough to address the concerns of the resort to facilitate the reopening of Club Med in a reasonable time frame consistent with the government’s national economic reopening policy,” Davis, who is also the MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, said in a statement.
Previously, Club Med sought to open its doors on December 12 this year, but it was later pushed to December 15.
The resort, which is one of the island’s main sources of revenue, recently said that it will reopen December 2021 despite the reopening of hotels in The Bahamas on October 15 as indicated by the Ministry of Tourism.
Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union President Darrin Woods said the resort expressed concern about demand in its core European market, the limited health facilities on the island, and the strained capacity for medical airlift from the remote location.
Davis noted that the continued closure of the resort is “economically devastating”.
“We in the PLP demand that the government commits itself to providing the necessary and required health care, safety and other material support Club Med needs to open this facility by Christmas, 2020,” he said.
“The government cannot be seen to be awol and non-responsive in respect to the resort’s expressed concerns and Club Med’s decision to delay the reopening of its Columbus Isles property until December 2021.”
Davis said he is “well aware of your economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
“I know that you have been cooperative and compliant with the various health and safety protocols issued by the government because, like me and thousands of Bahamians, you wish San Salvador to return to a state of normalcy in the shortest time possible,” he said. “I stand with you in this regard.”
Davis pledged to remain vocal about the issue.
“I pledge to continue to lend my voice of advocacy to and support for your cause which is a return to a life of normalcy, buttressed by a robust return of the economic health and vitality of San Salvador,” Davis said.
“The reopening of Club Med at Columbus Isles by this Christmas is central to that.
“I encourage you to continue to sanitize your hands, surfaces, to wear your masks, to practice social distancing, and to avoid large gatherings.”