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Ahura remains confident during closure

Ropate Valemei
Friday, February 22, 2013

THE Malolo Island Resort and Likuliku Lagoon Resort are working closely with Tourism Fiji and Air Pacific to ensure greater depth of marketing potential.

The getaways are under the management of Ahura Resorts and had been temporarily closed for maintenance after Tropical Cyclone Evan last year.

Sales and marketing director Samantha Muspratt said the resorts were always evolving and changing to meet the demands and dynamics of the markets.

"Running resorts requires significant ongoing capital investment which has been made on both resorts not just to repair them but improve them," Ms Muspratt said from Australia.

After nearly six years of successful operation, she said Likuliku had come of age and was well and truly an established, award-winning, unique and leading luxury product in Fiji.

She said Malolo had always had a sound reliable reputation as a small award-winning, leading family holiday experience in Fiji.

"This has been achieved through the absolute focus and drive of the management and staff in creating and maintaining a consistent uncompromising well maintained luxury product," she said.

"This reputation escalated with the full refurbishment of the guest accommodation in 2009 and 2010 which changed the dynamics of the resort overnight.

"The final stage of the Malolo five-year refurbishment program will take place this year with the building of a new Restaurant complex and a new kitchen."

Ms Muspratt said there was always some construction or improvement happening.

Naturally, she said all forecasts had been greatly impacted by their closures, however, they still hoped to have a positive back-half of the year and at the same time, set up 2014 with strong forward bookings.

Both resorts were closed on December 15. Likuliku is expected to be closed until April 21 and Malolo until July 31 this year.