Lava Hotel building turns heads at Sogi

By Adel Fruean 30 April 2020, 12:00PM

A brand new multi-million-tala hotel property has emerged at Sogi, with Digicel's Lava Hotel revealing its new building.

While the property has yet to be officially opened, the building and its structure has been turning heads on a stretch of road where it is lined up with other hotel properties.

Lava Hotel joins Hotel Tanoa Tusitala, Hotel Elisa, Amanaki, Le Sanita Hotel and Hotel Millenia on that side of Sogi.

Asked for a comment, Digicel Samoa’s Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.), Mark Witthuhn, said the management of the hotel is not ready, given the S.O.E. orders, but they are looking at an opportunity talk about the property soon.

The project started its phase one in December, 2017.

According to a previous statement issued by Digicel Samoa during the groundbreaking in 2017, the project will not only boost Samoa’s economy, but also creates employment for the local people. 

The Hotel is expected to have 52 rooms and will create more than 80 permanent hospitality jobs to run the hotel.

The Lava Hotel Limited Chairman, Fia’ailetoa Pepe Christian Fruean, said phase one of the Lava Hotel project was expected to finish by mid-2019, in time for the Pacific Games, with further development phases to follow.

Fia’ailetoa added that the development is an important contributing factor to the success of the planned Apia Waterfront Development Project.

The new hotel will be managed locally with an experienced management team under the direction of an International Asset Management Company using a Digicel-owned new brand called Lava Hotel Apia.

By Adel Fruean 30 April 2020, 12:00PM

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