We wanted to provide an update as we realize many of you are anxious to hear about the progress of repairs to the resort and St. Maarten. The resort remains closed to tourism, and while the repairs are in progress, we will be able to announce an opening date by the first week of November. At this time, we still anticipate that the resort will remain closed to all owners and guests through the end of 2017.
This being said, the resort is still housing Dutch military, as well as contractors and insurance adjustors who are assisting with recovery and restoration on the island. Our employees who were being housed at the resort were all relocated earlier this week. We are pleased to report that many favorite restaurants and bars in the area are beginning to open, and the Princess Juliana Airport has re-opened this week on a limited basis for commercial flights. So while progress may seem slow; there is progress, and we are grateful for that.
We also want to take this time to recognize the Atrium general manager Joan May and her entire staff for doing such a tremendous job providing food, water and safety to the guests who were on-site throughout the hurricane. This was no small task, as food, water and supplies were scarce; looting and other crime was occurring and money was limited due to banks being closed. Their efforts were tremendous, especially considering many of them suffered so much personal loss during this time.
While we are doing our best to get the resort back up and running, we are also doing what we can to help those throughout the island, many of whom are crucial to the tourism industry there. To that end, we are taking donations through the Festiva Charitable Fund to help those living in St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands recover and rebuild their lives. Donating is easy. Simply click the image below and enter the amount and your payment information via debit card, credit card or PayPal. Visit our Hurricane Relief page at blog.festiva.com/hurricane-relief for more information.
We have also started an internal fundraising campaign at our corporate headquarters as well as our partner and affiliate companies so that these nearly 1,000 employees can contribute directly to those 27 Atrium employees who lose their homes because of the hurricane. We thank you for your patience and will send an update to all owners via email regarding the estimated opening date for guests in the coming weeks.