Club Med Québec Charlevoix Is A Year Behind Schedule
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Originally scheduled to open in DEC 2020, Club Med Québec Charlevoix will be delayed for a year, with DEC 2021 now the expected opening date. Project officials are blaming a shortage of manpower and difficulty in recruiting local contractors.
Entrepreneurs in Quebec are very busy and are not able to deliver on deadlines, says André Roy, CEO of Groupe Le Massif, a partner in the project.
He claims that the buildings will be delivered and the property ready by the end of May 2021, but that the official inauguration of Club Med’s first Canadian mountain resort could not take place in the middle of the summer.
Roy says Club Med leadership is committed, for marketing and strategic reasons, to open for the winter, despite the resort being billed as a four-season property.
“We missed the December 2020 deadline and that is why we meet again in December 2021,” he toldCBC’s ICI Quebec.
Without revealing exact figures, Groupe le Massif says the one-year delay will generate additional expenditures of several million dollars.
When the project was announced in 2017, total costs were estimated at $120 million, of which $37 million came from the provincial and federal governments.
Both Club Med and Groupe Le Massif guarantee they won’t be asking for more money from the public sector.
“The government assistance we already had will not be changed. Governments will not be solicited either. The cost overruns will be borne by the two entities, Club Med and Groupe Le Massif,” said Roy.
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