IN an effort to generate more income, the Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel has invested about $10,000 into the refurbishment of its restaurant and bar.
Hotel manager Avinesh Mani said they hoped the new business would draw more people to the hotel.
"Business has been improving since the floods," Mr Mani said.
"We had a few hiccups but we've bounced back after that and we are forging ahead with our business plan and improvements to attract more visitors to our hotel," he said.
He said the Rakiraki property underwent immense refurbishment work, which included the contemporary bar and reception.
"With our current sales calls, things are looking good and also for the coming year, we believe that we will do better," Mr Mani said.
The recently appointed manager said the hotel was home to 31 Pacific Island students enrolled at the Australia-Pacific Technical College. He said the students learned and studied hospitality, restaurant and bar supervision at the hotel during the six-month course.
"We provide the facilities for them to learn and conduct their practicals for their courses," Mr Mani said.
The 31 students comprise students from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu and Kiribati.