Dream Va­ca­tion Turns Into Night­mare at Five-Star Re­sort in St Vin­cent

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Adream va­ca­tion for more than two dozen guests at the Buc­ca­ment Beach Re­sort in St Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines has turned into a night­mare.

Al­ready forced to cope with scant ser­vices as more than 70 work­ers stage protests de­mand­ing over­due wages for three months now, guests have now been left in the dark. On Wed­nes­day, the state-owned elec­tric­ity com­pany, St. Vin­cent Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Lim­ited (VINCLEC) cut the power sup­ply to the prop­erty be­cause of its fail­ure to set­tle a mount­ing bill.

VINLEC’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Thornley May­ers told I-Wit­ness News, he could not dis­close the sum owed, but he de­fended the move, stress­ing it was a tough but nec­es­sary ac­tion that was only taken af­ter deep con­sid­er­a­tion.

“The re­sort is a place of em­ploy­ment that brings in rev­enue and is an im­por­tant sym­bol for tourism in the coun­try. These de­ci­sions are never taken lightly and all sorts of things are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, be­sides pay­ment,” he said.

An­gry guests are not amused by the un­fold­ing cri­sis which has gripped the re­sort owned by Har­lequin Prop­erty (SVG) Ltd un­der the di­rec­tion of David Ames, a Bri­tish­born nat­u­ral­ized Vin­cen­tian busi­ness­man.

Carol Banks, who ar­rived at the prop­erty on Mon­day for a two-week hol­i­day, ex­pressed dis­may at the “shabby” treat­ment.

“We were told ab­so­lutely noth­ing about the power go­ing down. Ev­ery­thing is just down and we’ve been left clue­less re­ally,” she told the Search­light news­pa­per.

Banks, who spent £4,000 for the va­ca­tion, said the re­sort promised to send them to a ho­tel in Bar­ba­dos, but were later told they would have to a book another ho­tel in St Vin­cent on their own.

Amer­i­can vis­i­tor Mar­ton Browne was equally peeved yes­ter­day. He threat­ened to sue the re­sort’s own­ers for ru­in­ing his US$2,000 va­ca­tion.

“The whole thing is in­sane. Some­body had to know about this,” he ar­gued, adding that it had, “left a bad taste in a lot of peo­ple’s mouth about St Vin­cent”.

Browne, who ac­cused the ho­tel own­ers of rip­ping off peo­ple, urged au­thor­i­ties to take tough ac­tion against the own­ers. “We lost money, time, ef­fort; ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing. So again, I hope that the po­lice and the govern­ment some­how bring this guy to jus­tice. I don’t think we are go­ing to re­mu­ner­ated. I re­ally don’t think so.”

The prop­erty is presently em­broiled in sev­eral le­gal bat­tles. Ames claimed he was too ill to re­turn to the is­land and was sched­uled to be tried in Kingstown in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Buc­ca­ment Bay Chair­man Dave Ames.

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