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ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, Jan. 2) – Budding Niue entrepreneurs have entered five tourism development proposals to an event being staged in Nadi, Fiji in February.

Tourism executives from around the region hope to meet potential partners and investors from all over the world and also discuss viable projects in their respective countries at the conference, scheduled Feb. 1 to Feb. 4.

The Pacific Tourism Investment Conference is being organized by the European Union’s ProInvest Program in collaboration with the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, the South Pacific Tourism Organization, and the Pacific and Asian Travel Association.

It’s understood local investment applicants will go to a Profit in the Pacific conference in Nadi to discuss one- on- one their proposal with potential investors. They join more than 100 other applicants from around the Pacific seeking joint ventures with investors.

An independent Pacific tourism specialist told the Niue News that investors will focus on innovative and original propositions with detailed marketing and analysis plans.

Investors will also expect a commercial return on their investment.

She said a major issue confronting Niue entrepreneurs will be secure land tenure, cyclone safety and insurance and management skills.

Niue News this week reveals projects worth $3.2 million (US$2.2 million) have been forwarded for consideration. Two include new hotel properties, one is an extension to a politicians guesthouse and there’s a proposal to open a new village handicraft centre along with an Alofi ice cream parlor / internet café.

Kaimiti Bungalow Resort is seeking $2.5m to construct 20 bungalows each with private bathrooms. It offers airport transfers, reef walks, angling, fish feeding and traditional canoe riding, dolphin/whale watching and snorkeling with qualified personnel.

Turtle Lodge seeks investors for its $180,000 six bedroom lodge proposal at Makefu. It will consist of three separate units each containing two bedrooms and a bathroom. Owners of the old established Pelenis Guesthouse are among those seeking investors. The operators say they plan to extend the existing property to include six additional rooms, each featuring an en-suite bathroom. The upgrade is estimated to $230,000.

Jennas Café and Rickolah Chalets seeks $17,000 to upgrade the café and construct three self-contained chalets.

A coffee bar and internet café earmarked for Alofi near the Fale Fono wants backers for the $120,000 project called Time Out Café. The proposal says planned café will consist of four sections - food and snack-bar, coffee bar, ice cream parlor and Internet café and is five minutes walk to the Commercial Centre, where the island’s main facilities are located.

The Hakupu Heritage Handicrafts seeks $200,000 to build a modern store for displaying, storing and selling local handicrafts.

January 3, 2005

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