PLP Support Tucker’s Point Concessions Bill

May 23, 2016

On Friday in Parliament, the PLP Members of Parliament voted in support of the Government’s Concessions order for Tucker’s Point, with Shadow Tourism Minister Jamahl Simmons saying, “The PLP supports this bill as it will facilitate enhancement of the tourism product at Tucker’s Point and provide opportunities for workers in the construction Industry,”

Mr Simmons continued, “We have an obligation to ensure that all conditions of this concession relating to training of Bermudians and the hiring of local entertainment are enforced, without fear and without apology.

“For that reason we will be asking that the Minister not only enforce these conditions, but also report back to Parliament on the progress made in these areas.

“We further take note of the Minister’s responsibility to ensure that Tucker’s Point meets specific criteria regarding their marketing of the product that benefited from this Concession Order.

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“The taxpayer has done their part to facilitate this project by sacrificing tax revenue, now the government must do their part to ensure that the this product is marketed effectively and rewards this investment by the people of Bermuda.” Mr. Simmons said.

“The PLP believes that Bermudians are our strongest tourism asset. We stand for a tourism industry where Bermudians come first in jobs, opportunities and training and will continue to stand strong on this issue now, and after we form the next government,” he concluded.

“The Hotel Concessions concept was developed by the first PLP Tourism Minister, the late David Allen and unveiled in 2000. Tucker’s Point opened in 2009 under the Progressive Labour Party government and was, at that time, the first luxury hotel to open in Bermuda for over thirty years,” the PLP said.

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  1. Lois Frederick says:

    Great news. More inward investment and more job opportunities for Bermudians. I hear even more are to come like this.

  2. Thinker says:

    I guess these comments will also garner negative remarks by the usual hate-filled bloggers!!!!

  3. Its me again says:

    No obaers saying how bad Mr Simmons is….

    What a surprise

  4. M.C. Beauchamp says:

    Isn’t this hotel sitting in Receivership? Is it not under administration? Nothing to boast about.

    • Lois Frederick says:

      Has been bought by Gencom for about $90 mill and they will spend approx $25 mill on upgrades. So out of receivership now.

  5. 32n64w says:

    “Tucker’s Point opened in 2009 under the Progressive Labour Party government and was, at that time, the first luxury hotel to open in Bermuda for over thirty years.”

    He forgot to mention that under the same PLP Government, Bermuda experienced crippling economic conditions as a result of poorly considered socio-economic policies which in turn played a part in Tucker’s Point entering receivership just a few years later.

    If the PLP want credit for concessions, they also need to take responsibility for their many failures including successive multi-hundred million dollar deficits and +$2 billion of debt.

    Anything less is dishonest.

    • What is Your answer says:

      Let’s not forget the Tuckers Point SDO…thousands of people marched …and the PLP signed anyway.

      • jt says:

        Really no choice but to support anything that tries to save it.

  6. wahoo says:

    Thank you plp.

  7. hmmm says:

    “will continue to stand strong on this issue now, and after we form the next government,” he concluded.

    Arrogance…..one of the reasons the PLP were booted.

    • Shadow Tourism Minister Jamahl Simmons has lots to say, (the only politition thats been in every Party) who’s still getting a check for,”the same old same old 2 & 6.

  8. Terry says:

    Shadow.

    Irony. You can only see it when there is light.

    Stay in the shadow.

    Shalom.

  9. aceboy says:

    The PLP would look pretty silly not supporting it after they rammed through the SDO to prop up the balance sheet of the development.

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