ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Low occupancies that have plagued Antigua's
64-room Rex Blue Heron since January led London-based Rex Resorts
to close the property from July 15 to Dec. 15.
A spokesman confirmed the closing of the inclusive beachfront
property, adding that the shutdown was "hopefully just a temporary
Guests holding reservations during the period are being
accommodated at the 194-room Rex Halcyon Cove Beach Resort on
Dickenson Bay, five miles closer to St. John's than the Blue
U.S. tour operators that offer Blue Heron packages were notified
after the shutdown decision was made July 7.
In addition to occupancy levels that ranged between 30% and 40%
from January through June, several other factors contributed to the
decision, the spokesman said.
He cited a slowdown in key market economies in the U.K., the
rest of Europe and North America and increased competition from
Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
No closings are planned at this time for Rex Resorts' other
eastern Caribbean properties -- Rex Halcyon Cove Antigua; St.
Lucia's Royal St. Lucian, Rex St. Lucia and Papillon St. Lucia; Rex
Grenadian on Grenada, and Rex Turtle Beach on Tobago.
The decision to temporarily cease operations was taken "to
protect Rex Resorts.
When market conditions improve, the property will reopen," the
He added that Rex Resorts is hoping to reopen the Blue Heron for
the traditionally busy winter season.
At press time, Rex Resorts' Web site, at www.rexcaribbean.com, did not reflect the news of Blue
Heron's temporary closure.
For additional details, agents and operators should contact the
U.S. sales office of Rex Resorts in Miami at (800) 255-5859.