Mr YP Reddy, Chairman of the Tanoa Hotel Group, has stated that the additional challenges faced in the refurbishment of the hotel as a result of the major fire and the recent horrific tsunami have taken their toll but that the planning in both logistics and the purchasing of materials was well underway and he is confident that this will result in minimal delays in opening. He is looking to open mid 2010.
He said “ You cannot imagine my feelings when I physically watched the fire ravage the Public areas of the hotel and then to hear 7 days later of the impact of the tsunami….it took a great deal of soul searching to carry on. The Government and people of Samoa especially the wider tourism community have urged me to continue and this is exactly what we are doing. My team is working around the clock to open what will be a fine hotel as quickly as possible. “
It will mean a complete rebuild of the hotel’s public areas and plans show that they will include the rebuilding of some of the fales.
YP Reddy also said “We will endeavor to now deliver a better product than before and one which we sincerely hope that the people of Samoa can take pride in. There is much work to be done in the restoration of the market as it reacts to the aftermath of the tsunami but we are confident that Tourism Samoa, the Government and Airlines and various agencies will do a great job in minimizing the impact on both the workforce and economy caused by this tragic event.
I would like to personally thank on behalf of my family and all of our management and staff, the wonderful words of comfort and support from His Highness Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese and Her Highness, The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and members of Cabinet and the wider business community. This encouragement has given us the strength and confidence to move forward.
Source: Tanoa Hotel Group