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Our Coral Coast Hoteliers Shine At HM Awards

Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association’s Coral Coast Chapter’s  contribution towards construction of the new maternity ward in Sigatoka District Hospital has gained international recognition. The Coral Coast Chapter of the
12 Sep 2015 09:38
Our Coral Coast Hoteliers Shine At HM Awards
From left: Peter Hopgood, HM Magazine, James Wilkinson and Outrigger PR consultant, Donna Parkin. Photo: OUTRIGGER FIJI BEACH RESORT

Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association’s Coral Coast Chapter’s  contribution towards construction of the new maternity ward in Sigatoka District Hospital has gained international recognition.

The Coral Coast Chapter of the association contributed more than $600,000 towards the project.

The body was recognised in the recently-held 2015 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation.

The award, for Service to the Community, was made at a 600-strong black tie dinner at Sydney’s Town Hall and was accepted on behalf of the association by its chairman, Peter Hopgood.

Mr Hopgood, the general manager of Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, also received the HM 2015 South Pacific General Manager Award at the ceremony.

He said the new maternity facility, which was officially opened in January this year, had already been of enormous benefit to the women of the Sigatoka-Nadroga district.

“My Coral Coast resort colleagues and I have worked closely with the Government to have this new facility, which cost $2.2 million,” he said.

Mr Hopgood said the Coral Coast Hotels Association had also raised over $1 million to support other projects at the hospital.

These include projects such as extensions to the outpatients ward, refurbishment of the operating theatre and the construction of an accident and emergency ward.

“We have held charity golf tournaments, raised money from major corporations such as Tappoo, Jacks of Fiji, Prouds, ANZ, Marsh, Vodafone and FIJI Water,” he said.

“We also solicited contributions from our guests to assist in the development of the hospital.”

The next Charity golf tournament scheduled for November 2016 will raise money for a Medivac Helipad at the Sigatoka District Hospital.

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