TWO hundred Fijians and 10 expatriates will be employed at the Grand Pacific Hotel once the project is complete.
And according to GPH general manager Eugen Diethelm, all heads of departments have been contracted including workers for several key positions.
He said most of the heads of departments had started work on January 6 this year with management carrying out interviews for more workers. “We are interviewing applicants to select and hire the entire 210 workers — 200 will be Fijian and 10 will be expatriates. We have 1450 applications and we are getting more by email.”
Mr Diethelm said construction works were progressing well and were expected to be completed in the second quarter of this year.
He said the construction company had started working on small details such as planting and painting around the premises.
“We are still on track for the opening in the second quarter of 2014. We are in the process of preparing for this and would not be able to mention too many details — but rest assured it will be a memorable day for Suva and Fiji,” he said.
“However, we will have soft opening rates for the rooms. It has been a really great pleasure for my team and I to work here — to be part of the preopening and opening of this iconic hotel.”
He said they were looking forward to the opening of the hotel.