20 January, 2010

Warwick unveils Vavau plans


Written by Jaydin O’Grady
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 10:37

Warwick’s much-anticipated hotel at Vavau has been re-designed after the tsunami. As a result, the construction has been delayed by six months.

“We aim to commence construction before the end of 2010,” said Tammie Tam, Senior Vice President/ Executive Director- Pacific of Warwick International Hotels.

“We are reviewing the location of various accommodation units and public areas that were originally planned.

“If construction starts before the end of 2010, we would expect operation commencing in 2013.”

The Warwick Samoa Resort will be the 38th branch of Warwick International Hotels and Resorts.

With 23 locations in Europe, five in North America, three in Asia, three in Africa and three in the South Pacific, Warwick International Hotels is one of the world’s largest hotel and resort chains.
The Warwick Hotel Fiji. Warwick says it plans to build a 4 to 5 star hotel in Vavau which should be completed by 2013.  The South Pacific Warwick Hotels are in Fiji and Vanuatu. Ms Tam believes there is great potential for resorts in Samoa.

"Samoa is a beautiful place and has pristine beaches and beautiful landscape that is unique in the South Pacific,” she said.

“We see great potential for resorts in Samoa, provided there is increased awareness in the market place and increased accessibility through the number of airlines coming into Samoa.

“The stable Government and consistent fiscal and other policies provide confidence of investments in this country.

“Every hotelier is expecting to make a return in investment and therefore, we need the Government’s assistance in providing the infrastructure and marketing budget for destination marketing to increase the number of visitors to the country.”

Warwick Samoa Resort is to be a 4-5 star hotel.

It will offer premium class accommodation with conference facilities to attract FIT and MICE markets to spend their holidays in Samoa.

With Warwick International Hotels’ network and marketing accessibility, it would promote Samoa as a premium holiday destination in the South Pacific.

Most of the staff will be locals. Heads of Department and Managers would be transferred from sister properties in Fiji.

The hotel will be built in two stages. First stage will comprise of 100 rooms accommodating 200-300 people. The second phase will add another 50-70 rooms of accommodating 200 people.

SOURCE - Samoa Observer (www.samoaobserver.ws)