Our Hotel History, Scenic Hotel Tonga
Construction of the Royal International Tonga Hotel began in 1991 under the auspices of Dr Sam Wong and Edwin Mo’ungaloa. Difficulty with finances and staff coupled with some quirks of circumstance meant the building of the hotel was very stop-start, with some periods of inactivity lasting years.
The hotel was partially opened in 2007, with the first phase of construction complete. A total of 50 rooms, the Bar, Restaurant and a courtyard garden were opened to guests.
The large swimming pool and additional rooms were completed in 2008 in time for the coronation of his Majesty King George Tupou V.
After 15 years of on again, off again construction at a cost of over US$14 million, the King officially opened the completed Royal International Hotel Tonga on 9 October 2009.
In February 2010 the hotel welcomed His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates to the luxurious Presidential Suite.
Dr Wong passed away in 2010, and the hotel was put into receivership in 2011. Scenic Hotel Group provided a joint venture investment with another New Zealand company and took over management of the hotel in May 2011.
While the ‘bones’ of the hotel have stood up well to time, the upgrade to the high standards of the Scenic brand was a much-needed investment. Time and weather had taken its toll on the rooms, the facilities and the kitchen. Undeterred, Scenic Hotel Group is proud to bring the property up to the four-star Scenic standard.
As the largest New Zealand owned and operated hotel chain, Scenic Hotel Group is committed to bringing true Kiwi hospitality to Tonga, while maintaining the special island ambience of the Kingdom.
Backed by Scenic Hotel Group’s strong reputation in sourcing local products and engaging local communities, Scenic Hotel Tonga is set to re-establish itself as a premium hotel. The Group is dedicated to bringing quality facilities and superior service to Tongan tourism, and committed to adding real value to the Kingdom of Tonga.