Samoa’s Aggie Greys Resort Rebranded A Sheraton Hotel

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Samoa’s Aggie Greys Resort Rebranded A Sheraton Hotel Work continues to reopen iconic Apia location as well

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Jan. 18, 2015) – Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort officially opened its doors last Friday, Jan. 16 with special guests Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Area Manager- Samoa and Fiji, Shane K. Cunning offering opening remarks.

Both, men, in their addresses noted the importance of economic development that takes into account shifting global trends, which call for quality developments that encompass prosperity for all.

Cunning pointed to the positive impact of a Samoan woman’s dream growing to have global impact, which Starwood Hotels and Resorts has embraced and believes is a positive partnership which represents its high standards. It was two years in the making, he said, and Starwood thanked the Grey family and the Samoa government for the opportunity to bring its high standards to the fore.

Tuilaepa noted that in the case of small island states, such as Samoa, tourism business opportunities are discerned for their high international standards that seek to give job opportunities for the population, which began with the development of a skilled work force.

He believes with this work force, these types of developments, such as Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Resorts, and the White Sands Casino are a success and the people "all are much happier" with the job opportunities and tourism developments.

The prime minister spoke of the courage, determination and vision that are needed to discern the right business opportunities for Small Island States, such as Samoa.

Lupesina Frederick Grey, grandson of the iconic Aggie Grey welcomed guests to the opening, which included many of the tourism businesses in Samoa, as well as family and friends.

Allen Grey, Aggie’s son and Lupesina’s father was on hand with his wife, Marina Grey (Lupesina’s mother).

Father Douglas offered prayer and blessings with closing remarks by General Manager Sheraton Samoa Properties, Chris Rabang.

Light refreshments and entertainment followed with a tour of one of the newly refurbished rooms.

In his remarks, the prime minister noted that he is looking forward to the second phase of development by the Starwood group — the Apia location of the Sheraton Hotel — Aggie’s Hotel & Bungalows — as well as the White Sands and pointed to their completion before the All Blacks Game to be held in Samoa this year — letting the ‘cat out of the bag’ — that it’s slated for July 8. He spoke of a June opening for both ventures.

Samoa News should point out that Starwood and White Sands are separate development groups, which have in common the properties owned by the Grey family. In this case, White Sands manages the development of casinos in Samoa and Starwood (Sheraton Hotels) the hotels and bungalows development.

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