16 September, 2009

Tanoa Tusitala Fire

The Tanoa Hotel Group has suffered a major loss today in Samoa. The Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia caught fire early this morning and has endured a great amount of damage including irreparable damage to the magnificent historical fales. These fales had only just been completely refurbished with enormous effort and costs and stood as a majestic icon to the identity of the soon to be Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

 

This is devastating for everyone in the Group, not least the Chairman and company founder, Mr. YP Reddy, who is based on site and helplessly witnessed the tragedy unfold of his dream project go up in smoke.

 

The cause of the fire is still unknown and an investigation is now underway. The fire started at around 10.00 this morning and lasted over 3 hours. Strong winds and warm weather only served to intensify the fire, negating the efforts of the local fire department.

 

As he regrouped his staff and contractors, Mr. Reddy said “today’s loss is extremely difficult to comprehend and explain. I had put my personal attention and determination in bringing back the Tusitala to its renewed glory”. Mr. Reddy added that it will take him some time to come to terms with this loss and will announce his strategy for the hotel project soon.