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Pearl Construction Works Ahead Of Schedule

Construction works at the Pearl South Pacific Resort & Spa is six to seven weeks ahead of schedule with anticipated finish in early August. Resort general manager, Natalie Marletta, confirmed
18 Apr 2015 09:29
Pearl Construction Works Ahead Of Schedule
Minister for Tourism & Industry and Trade, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya and Natalie Marletta, General Manager of The Pearl at Pacific Harbour with construction workers touring the new complex yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Construction works at the Pearl South Pacific Resort & Spa is six to seven weeks ahead of schedule with anticipated finish in early August.

Resort general manager, Natalie Marletta, confirmed this yesterday as the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, toured the construction site.

She said right now the sails are going up on the roofing and pretty much the structural works are on track.

In terms of cost, Ms Marletta said, they were still within the original budget of $88 million for the investment.

Once completed, the development will accommodate 132 rooms, 400-seat conference centre, board walks, marina etc.

Mr Koya described the investment as a great addition to our number of rooms available.

“The tourism industry is entirely sector driven and the private sector have really come forward in deliverance. And this is also a welcomed addition to the country,” he said.

“This is good for the tourism industry and great for the government’s vision as we are trying to increase the investments in Fiji.”

Ms Marletta said the building would have a real different feel as to what is currently offered in Fiji

“It is going to have big white sails on the roof more like Miami South Beach meets Fiji,” she said.

“We wanted to do something different and stand out to make a mark.”

Therefore, Ms Marletta said they did something different with the roof with big white sails giving a very modern to be topped off with funky looking furniture.

Ms Marletta said the demand in Pacific Harbour has grown compared to previously.

“Before people would think that this is too far but times have changed and we have people coming here all the time,” she said.

 

Minister’s visit

Ms Marletta said they wanted to invite the Minister to give him an insight and update on what was happening and where they were with the project.

She stressed this was one of the biggest projects in Fiji in terms of investment.

“We wanted him to come down here and to see firsthand where we were up to and what it’s going to be like,” she said.

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