Aerial view of Prospect Reef Resort
[Photo courtesy Prospect Reef Resort]
Gov to transform
Prospect Reef into Hospitality Training Centre
Hotel and Resort is to be converted into a Government-owned comprehensive
Hospitality Training Centre. This is according to a disclosure made by Chief
Minister Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, on 15 March, when he said that there
have been a lot of speculations in the media and elsewhere about the hotelís
future, but he reassured the public that the interests of those employed at the
hotel will not be forgotten or ignored.
Minister said that his government values the service the employees has provided
to that hotel and to the entire tourism sector over the years, and he promised
that they will not overlook their contribution now. He also pledged that no
effort will be spared to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.
Dr. Smith, who
is also Tourism Minister, said that the Training Centre will become a crown
jewel of the Territoryís growing professional educational centers, and it will
provide young people of the BVI with the opportunity to learn the art of
hospitality management at every level, from front desk to the managerís desk.
They will learn about the balancing of books, dealing with staff, and serving
mentioned that the students will not be learning these skills in theory, instead
they will be in an operating hotel dealing with real issues, real customers and
learning in the best laboratory in the world - real life business.
Reef Hotel is expected to undergo major renovations and improvements aimed at
making it a full-service business hotel with proper conference facilities. The
renovated facility will be designed to meet the needs of business travelers. It
will include internet access, a modern business center and conference rooms that
will meet the highest international standards.
A five member
Board has been appointed to ensure that Prospect Reef succeeds as a business, to
oversee the operations and to protect governmentís interests and assets. Mr.
Robert Mathavious agreed to serve as Chairman of the Board and Mr. Meade Malone,
Ms. Alicia Penn, Mr. Vincent Wheatley and Mr. Micheal Thomas have agreed to be
In terms of
the day-to-day operation of the hotel, Government is discussing with the
management company Interstate Hotels, the largest independent hotel management
company in the United States, with the hope that they would agree to be charged
with ensuring that the property is well run and that from the first day of
business, the hotel is meeting the needs of its customers.
disclosed that Government is also discussing with Johnson and Wales University
for their assistance in the establishment of a training program. Johnson and
Wales University is one of the largest and well respected hospitality training
institutions in the US. The training program will be conducted in partnership
with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Read more about it on page 6.
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