Latest Virgin Islands (BVI) News on local Bermuda tourism officials had double reason to celebrate over the weekend — the opening of a new luxury hotel in St George's and the arrival of the first cruise ship in more than a year. , politics, finance/business, culture and sports.
As the St Regis Bermuda welcomed its first guests after a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Viking Orion anchored off Dockyard in what was hailed as a landmark moment in the island's recovery from the coronavirus
Premier David Burt, who is also tourism minister, said the opening of the St Regis was “another major step forward in the start of the tourism renaissance” and something that would bring much-needed activity to St George's at the island's east end.
Miguel Purroy, a representative of the hotel's owners, said the St Regis opened on time and on budget and he was confident the final product would make Bermuda's tourism industry proud.
He added that it was hoped the hotel “contributes to place Bermuda as the luxury destination we all dream of”.
The oceanside hotel, which has a newly renovated golf course, will include 120 guest rooms and suites alongside a luxury residential development with a range of two- and three-bedroom condominiums with views overlooking Gates Bay.
Ground-breaking for the hotel on a site that had lain empty for almost 30 years took place in 2017 — during the previous One Bermuda Alliance Administration's one term in office — after a number of attempts to build a new hotel had failed to get off the ground.