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PM: We Had Great Meeting With Marriott Executives

PM: We Had Great Meeting With Marriott Executives
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (centre) with Marriott International Inc President and Managing Director Asia Pacific Craig Smith (right) with the Area Vice President of Marriott Sean Hunt at Denarau. Photo: DEPTFO NEWS
January 12
10:50 2017

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said yesterday that he had a great meeting with executives of the Marriott International Inc at their Denarau Complex.

The executives included Craig Smith, President and Managing Director Asia Pacific of Marriott International Inc.

Marriott is now the world’s biggest hotel group following its take over of The Starwood Group, which includes the Sheraton and The Westin properties at Denarau.

Mr Bainimarama said: “We had a dinner with the executives and we talked briefly as they were visiting all their properties in the region and likewise in Fiji.”

“It was great meeting with them. They are important tourism players as they are adding revenue to the Fijian economy in line with their business of getting tourists into our beautiful country.”

Mr Smith said their meeting was fruitful and he was happy to know of the plans of the Fijian Government.

“He is not a politician but a very straight forward person with an aim of building Fiji better and we are very happy to have been able to be part of the journey,” Mr Smith said.

“We are already seeing all the upgrades in infrastructure through roads and airports and I must say it is exciting times for Fiji and Marriott.”

The Marriott executives visited the Tokoriki  Island Sheraton property yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama was also joined by Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Koya and the board members of the Fiji National Provident Fund.

The board members gave a briefing on the Momi Bay Resort Redevelopment Project which is scheduled to be opened this year. Mr Bainimarama launched the project in 2014.

FNPF fully owns the resort.

Marriott International will manage the Fiji Marriott Resort at Momi Bay and it will operate the resort under its flagship “Marriott Hotels and Resorts” brand.

Marriott has over 4000 hotels around the world under its various brands with a history of over 85 years in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Edited by: Nemani Delaibatiki

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