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APIA, Samoa (Samoa News, April 26) - The newly constructed
Quality Inn Tradewinds Hotel in Ottoville has opened its doors ahead of schedule
and officially welcomed guests.

Leanne Kingi and Barbara Tane of Hamilton, New Zealand were
pleasantly surprised when the hotel's General Manager, Klaus P. Russo personally
greeted them inside the main lobby.

Beautiful and sweet-smelling leis were put around their necks
and both were presented with Samoan crafted gift packages.

The 104-room, three-story hotel, which is owned and developed by
Ottoville Investment One (OIO) Inc., a local company owned by the Otto Haleck
Family, was scheduled to be opened next month.

However, due to repeated requests by the organizers of the
"Pasefika Conference on Disability" which begins today at ASCC, OIO
Inc., relented and agreed to take in the participants of the conference from
overseas countries that include New Zealand, Tonga, Saipan and neighboring

"It's simply beautiful!" exclaimed Leanne Kingi about
the new hotel. "We never thought we would go down in the history of this
great hotel as its first guests and we are being treated like princesses!"

Kingi and her colleague Barbara Tane both work for a Disability
organization in Aotearoa and this is the first time they have visited American

"It's beautiful and tropical and the people are very
friendly," stated Kingi.

They will be presenting a paper in the conference on the current
situation of Aotearoa's indigenous Maoris who have disabilities and ways to
improve their quality of life.

A lot of excitement was generated in the tourism industry late
last year with the announcement that the new Tradewinds Hotel will be a Quality
Inn, a franchise of Choice Hotels International.

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.

The Quality Inn Tradewinds Hotel features a combination of rooms
and suites, including six 2-bedroom suites or Luxury King Suites, 48 King
Suites, 31 King Rooms, and 19 Double Rooms.

The 'rack rates' for the rooms range from $135- $275 per night
but that there will be discount rates when booked in advance for senior
citizens, business travelers, members of the American Automobile Association,
government and military personnel and groups.

The local Quality Inn Tradewinds Hotel currently has about 50
employees both local and from other Pacific islands under the control of Klaus
Russo, 47, a native of Austria who has made Australia his home for many years
before his current appointment.

He brings to Quality Inn 30 years of hotel experience including
management, his last post was the opening of a major hotel in China. He has
traveled the world through his work in the hotel industry to exotic places such
as Malaysia and Indonesia.

April 30, 2003

Samoa News: www.samoanews.com 

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