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Let’s Go Local: Hilton Villa Owners Thank Staff

The group presented food packs for each of the 310 workers who were made redundant.
30 Jul 2020 14:57
Let’s Go Local: Hilton Villa Owners Thank Staff
Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa area general manager David Wells with Sabrina Lanyon and Aporosa Odro holding their food packs.

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa’s villa owners and past guests yesterday reciprocated their appreciation to former staff of the resort who were made redundant.

The group presented food packs for each of the 310 workers who were made redundant.

For villa owners, the appreciation stemmed from years of service to the resort.

They wanted to ensure the staff were being supported during the difficult economic downturn.

The resort’s area general manager David Wells said while it was emotional seeing most of his staff since most were made redundant in March, it was a joy to meet up again.

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa area general manager David Wells (standing fourth from right), with some staff members who turned up.

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa area general manager David Wells (standing fourth from right), with some staff members who
turned up.

Packages

The resort arranged buses to pick staff from town and take them to the resort to receive their food packs weighing 27 kilograms each, and enjoy lunch from the resort.

Mr Wells said the initial funding for food packs came from the generous donations of villa owners, while others

were provided from guests who chose to donate to a welfare fund following the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

“With so many workers in the hotel and tourism sector affected, the generous contribution from our villa owners and past guests have come at an optimum time for our team members,” he said.

He said it was also an opportunity for workers to meet, share a meal with a good talanoa session.

No promises

Mr Wells said no one could guess when international borders would reopen.

As such, he did not want to make any promises to staff, or give them false hope.

“Just seeing the number of our staff turn up, is an indication of the impact it has had on employment in the tourism sector,” Mr Wells said.

“We are not making any promises, but will try to retain as many of the staff members as possible.”

Redundant, not terminated

Former business development staff Sabrina Lanyon said she was thankful to the resort that they were made redundant and not terminated.

“At least, we know we still have a job when the place does open,” she said.

Ms Lanyon said she turned to her backyard garden at her family home in Lautoka and household chores to keep her busy.

Former front office worker Aporosa Odro said she also turned to farming at Narewa Village.

He said farming had helped put food on the table for his wife and three children.

“We also have a stall in the market selling vegetables and root crops,” Mr Odro said.

“It has been hard but we will survive, and would also like to thank the resort for the food pack which has come in handy.”

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