October opening possible for Coco Reef Resort and Spa
The Coco Reef Resort and Spa in Tobago is not for sale and may reopen in October.
John Jefferis, owner of the Tobago property, said via a press release that remaining closed is not a sustainable business option and the opening of the hotel is his priority.
He also rubbished claims that the hotel is for sale.
"I can assure you that the hotel is not for sale. I am unsure of where this rumour emanated, but there is absolutely no truth to it," he said.
In the release, Jefferies outlined some of the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on his business.
"Due to the global pandemic, the hotel was temporarily closed on 26 March 2020, and due to the uncertainty of how long this pandemic would last, no opening date could be given. The majority of staff were laid off. However, approximately 20 staff were retained for security, maintenance projects and administrative tasks," he explained.
"Between 26 March and now, we have issued communications to our employees via letters and phone calls advising them that the Hotel will remain closed April through September. While it appears, some employees may not have received these notices, we did our best under the circumstances to ensure they were notified. I personally wish to apologise to those staff members who did not receive these updates."
Jefferies who was in Bermuda when Trinidad and Tobago's borders closed, said during the month of June, they took the decision to have a soft opening on August 1, but unfortunately, with the borders still closed, they are unable to travel to the hotel.
He said: "It is essential that I am physically at the hotel with a small support team to oversee and plan the pre-opening and hope permission to travel to Tobago may be granted soon. Due to these challenges, the soft opening date has been extended tentatively to October 2020."