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ILT chairman Alan Dennis said the piling and foundation work began last week and the team was making good progress at the site.
"It feels great to see the foundations under way and there’s a real sense of anticipation, given what is going to evolve from there," he said.
At the corner of Dee and Don Sts, the hotel will feature conference facilities and a function space, along with eateries and bars at ground level.
"One of the most exciting developments for Invercargill will emerge from the ground up once this initial phase is complete," Mr Dennis said.
The hotel is expected to be completed by late 2021.