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Marriott Brings More Rooms, Deals for Fiji

Marriott Brings More Rooms, Deals for Fiji
General Manager Silvano Dressino, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau,Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, FNPF board chairman Ajith Jodagoda and Tom Ricketts at the opening of the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay on Saturday night, April 8, 2017. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA.
April 10
12:15 2017

Now operating more than 1000 hotel rooms in the country, Marriott International is looking forward to introducing more new deals for Fiji.

But for now, the focus will be to run the newly opened, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay with high bookings, says area vice president, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Marriott International, Sean Hunt.

“Watch this space Before the end of the year we will put up with one or two more deals in Fiji. We have been good corporate citizens and we will continue that way,” Mr Hunt said.

“We are focusing on running the property with high occupancy, he added.

Marriott is now Fiji’s biggest hotel operator with the Fiji Marriott Momi Bay the new flagship.

The Fiji Marriot Momi Bay was developed and is owned by Fiji National Provident Fund. It is now managed by Marriott International.

Marriott earlier acquired the Sheraton Fiji, Sheraton Denarau Villas and Westin Denarau plus Sheraton Tokiriki Island Resort when it took over the Starwood group.

“Our properties on Denarau run with more than 80 percent  occupancy having to operate with 800 rooms and despite cyclones, we bounce back well,” Mr Hunt stated.

“Now that we have 1000 rooms in Fiji we will continue to build on that base and we will be announcing another deal very soon.”

He said operating more than one thousand rooms was a milestone for the brand in the country.

He commended the Fijian tourism industry and the numbers of visitors to the shores he said was on the horizon with Fiji achieving one million visitors.

Mr Hunt said, the resort would attract the travellers which would also help the local operators in the flow of things like food supplies and other services.

He added, while Aussies and Kiwis had been visiting the shores the most, the Marriott brand which was well established in other countries was looking to attract new markets.

The Marriott brand being the parent company manages 30 brands, 6000 hotels globally and has 100 million loyal guests according to its loyalty programme, Mr Hunt stated.

But all this apart, Marriott will be focusing as well on international standard levels of providing customer services and will bring in young and bright minds into the hospitality industry.

Edited by: Selita Bolanavanua

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