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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 6, 2002 - Samoa News)---The new three-story Tradewinds West Hotel, now under construction in Ottoville, will be a Quality Inn, a franchise of Choice Hotels International.

The new hotel is owned and being developed by Ottoville Investment One (OIO) Inc., a local company owned by the Otto Haleck Family, with Avamua Dave Haleck as president and O. Vince Haleck as vice president.

Construction of the new 104-room "plantation-style" hotel broke ground during the Easter weekend last year.

The $7 million project, the most expensive private project for a local company in American Samoa to date, is located on a four-acre parcel owned by the Haleck Family.

Financing for the hotel was made possible with a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program.

OIO Inc. president Avamua Dave Haleck said on Friday that the hotel, when it opens in December of this year, will be known as "Quality Inn Tradewinds."

"We are very excited about being appointed to fly the Quality Inn flag under the Choice Hotels International group," he said. "This is surely a positive step for our community and we hope the benefits achieved will benefit our Island as a whole," he said.

Samoa News spoke with some local business people over the weekend and the consensus was that attaching Quality Inn to the Tradewinds Hotel will help put American Samoa back on the tourism map.

"So many tourists visit (neighboring) Samoa, not only because of what it offers in the way of activities, but also because of the variety of choices in hotel accommodations," said one businessman, who had asked not be identified.

"This is what American Samoa needed, a hotel with an international touch of class attached to its name and the Haleck Family has achieved that goal," he added.

Barry Robinson, Choice Hotels’ Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region, in a company statement said he is very excited about the Quality Inn Tradewinds joining the Choice Hotels group.

He believes the American Samoa property will be a significant addition to Choice Hotels’ franchise portfolio in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Fiji, Hawai‘i, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

The Quality Inn Tradewinds features a combination of rooms and suites, including six two-bedroom suites or Luxury King Suites, 48 King Suites, 31 King Rooms, and 19 Double Rooms.

Guest rooms will be equipped with modern furnishings, air conditioning, television, refrigerator, bar sink, data modem ports and other amenities.

Hotel features include a fitness (exercise) room, business center, ATM, ANZ-Amerika Samoa Bank Office, rental car office, travel and tour agency, gift shop, several conference rooms, outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant adjacent to the hotel.

Services include airport pick up and drop off, limousine service, deep sea fishing charters and other trips.

Room rates will be determined closer to the opening date. Children, aged 18 and under, will stay free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The hotel will offer discounts when booked in advance for senior citizens, business travelers, members of the American Automobile Association, government and military personnel and groups.

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