NZ-Samoan consortium to build Tahitian hotel

A New Zealand-Samoan consortium is poised to build a $US700 million hotel and accommodation complex in French Polynesia.

The French Polynesian government has chosen its bid for the construction of part of the Tahitian Village resort complex which is a scaled backed version of the original Mahana Beach project.

The consortium Kaitiaki Tagaloa includes Kaitiaki Property, Iwi International and Samoa's Grey Group, which already owns and runs several high-end hotels in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.

The announcement comes a week before the election of a new territorial assembly, and the president Edouard Fritch said contracts would be signed by the government after the polls.

The project includes three-to five-star hotels and apartment complexes, totalling more than 1,500 units.

About 2,500 people are expected to be employed for the construction phase.

In 2014, a Hawaiian company Group 70 International had been selected for the project but it was derailed after problems securing the $US3 billion needed for it to go ahead.

At the beginning of the year, there was a claim by a former president Gaston Flosse that a United Arab Emirates company was prepared to lend huge sums to fund the project.

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