28 Dec 2011

Samoa hotel operator eyes expansion across the Pacific

3:03 pm on 28 December 2011

The Samoa hotel operator, Aggie Grey's, is planning to expand across the Pacific.

It is in the process of finalising a deal to buy the Meridian Tahiti Resort in Papeete in French Polynesia, and is also looking at additional acquisitions on Bora Bora and in Fiji.

The general manager of Aggie Grey's Resort in Apia, Giovanni Rossi, says the Meridian Resort is a luxury hotel of 200 rooms.

He says the deal should be completed within days.

While the tourism sector in French Polynesia has been stagnant for years, Mr Rossi says Aggie Grey's has the skills to help turn it round.

"Our hope is just to have an injection of our hospitality and have a great synergy of a marketing team working in different properties. And what we are trying to be is a great experience, not only for New Zealand and Australian people, but also for people coming from America and especially European people."