HAWAI‘I HOTELS SEE FUTURE IN PACIFIC ISLANDS

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HAWAI‘I HOTELS SEE FUTURE IN PACIFIC ISLANDS

By Michele Kayal

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (October 19, 1999 – Honolulu Advertiser)---Continuing a recent trend for Hawai‘i-based hotel companies, Castle Resorts and Hotels will open its third Pacific property this week.

The 200-room Royal Orchid Guam Hotel will open Friday on Tumon Bay. The $43 million property, owned by Taiwan’s Sui family, is part of an international retail complex anchored by Duty Free Shoppers. Room rates will start at $195 a night, and the property will offer meeting rooms, a pool and other recreational amenities.

Castle, with 19 hotels in Hawai‘i, will open a fourth property outside Hawai‘i next year, in New Zealand. The company manages properties in Saipan and Chuuk.

"Our overall corporate objective is using the Hawai‘i-based company to spread throughout the Pacific, which will include Oceania as well as Asia and Micronesia," said Rick Wall, chief executive officer of The Castle Group, Inc.

"The reason everyone wants to go out that way is because the future, the large numbers, are coming out of Asia," he said. "Hawai‘i is one destination, but we talk about a global economy, and there is global tourism now."

Hawai‘i-based Outrigger Enterprises, Inc. has also pursued a Pacific expansion strategy, most recently opening its 15th hotel in the region, the 200-room Outrigger Hotel Tahiti in August.

Aston International has branded five hotels in Asia and the Pacific with the Aston name, which originated in Hawai‘i, and plans an additional four properties in the next year.

For additional reports from The Honolulu Advertiser, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Honolulu Advertiser.

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