HARD work and sheer determination is what drives TR-Apartment owner, Timothy Raurau to complete his dream apartment which was officially opened by the Minister for Culture & Tourism (MCT), Thursday.
The international standard apartment built at Panatina just above the Marine School was a dream come true for Raurau and his family.
Speaking at the grand opening, Tourism Minister Bartholomew Parapolo said this is a very significant investment.
“In this country you will hardly see such significant development investment by local indigenous Solomon Islands at this scale as there are a only handful of such investment been realised in recent years,” he added.
He further added that this particular investment in the TR Apartment is extra ordinary because despite all the odds being thrown against the project due to the global pandemic COVID-19.
Not only that but Parapolo said there are many other challenges that it brought against the tourism sector as this TR Apartment investment is part of our tourism sector.
“The owner was determined to see the development of this project completed successfully,” he added.
He further stated that this development is also significant because there is a strong vision behind this investment by the owner and because of this determination we are now seeing the result of it.
Parapolo acknowledge Rarau and his family on behalf of his Ministry and the Government to have this vision and determination to invest in this beautiful and significant apartment building.
“Development investment of this nature and scale is an undertaking that need to be well planned and calculated before you do it,” he added.
Parapolo also added that the TR Apartment is the demonstration of Timo’s commitment to venture into the accommodation sector and serve the tourism sector.
“There is a huge opportunity for this investment in the 2023 Pacific Games and beyond, also there is huge opportunity in business for TR Apartment through the Domestic Tourism Bubble that is currently implemented by the Government,” he said.
Parapolo assured Raurau and his family that as they venture into this business they have the full support of his Ministry to make sure their investment in this facility produce returns to their business.
“With the 14 apartments in this facility you are contributing very much to increase the number of high quality apartment in Honiara,” he added.
Meanwhile Parapolo call on Tourism Solomons to continue their engagement with Raurau and his team to promote this facility to their guest both local and overseas.
By ANDREW FANASIA