Since then, tourism numbers to Niue have doubled and visitor spending increased by more than 80%, however, most arrivals come only during the winter season, from July to October.
"So I must say it is very satisfying to come now to this spectacular place to see the quality of the facilities that are here,’ said Mr English.
‘The new facilities we have opened at the Matavai Resort today will help establish Niue as an event and conference venue, with spin-offs for tourism operators across the island.
‘Niue has established a busy tourist high season, and these new facilities are part of a strategy to spread tourist visits over the year so that impacts on the environment are sustainable and benefits for the local economy are ongoing.’
Matavai Conference Centre sits on a cliff top location and features two, fully air-conditioned spaces that can be transformed into one larger space with capacity for 168 guests (theatre) or 140 (banquet), with additional terrace space for 40. Other spaces in the resort; the multi-level terraces or poolside bar, all featuring panoramic ocean views can also be used.
With the latest addition of 12 deluxe, clifftop rooms, the resort now offers 67 rooms and self-contained apartments and one three bedroom villa. Other island accommodation includes guest houses and self-catering villas and cottages.