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Castaway Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Australian tourist Ian Braddock epitomises the Outrigger Enterprises Group owned Castaway Island Fiji record of 40 per cent of the guests coming back as repeat tourists. And Mr Braddock and
19 Nov 2016 14:08
Castaway Celebrates Golden Anniversary
From left: Minister for Industray Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya, one of the longest serving staffs on Castaway Island Fiji with the president and chief executive of Outrigger Enterprises,David Carey III and general manager, Steven Andrews cutting the cake to mark the golden anniversary of the Castaway Island Fiji yesterday. Photo:ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Australian tourist Ian Braddock epitomises the Outrigger Enterprises Group owned Castaway Island Fiji record of 40 per cent of the guests coming back as repeat tourists.

And Mr Braddock and wife Merlene made it to the Castaway Island Fiji for the 44th time and were proud to be part of the Island’s golden anniversary this week.

To have a holiday and to gaze at the beauty of Mother Nature was possible anywhere in Fiji, Mr Braddock says but it was the friendliness and the charm of the hosts on the island that kept his family from coming each time.

The 69-year-old, Australian who was on the island yesterday said he was proud to be part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the place they have come to call their peaceful home.

“I was 24 when I came to the island first time. The island was very very rusty, had no fresh water the water came from the bores in the grounds here pumped out,” he said.

“There was not so many bures but people were wonderful as they always are and the fishing was plentiful.

“So good people makes you come back. It’s the people that make the place.

“When our children were young we used to come on July 1 until August 1 for one month and we did that for about 14 years and now we only come for two weeks.

“In those days there were maybe 20 guests on the island 30 guests and have two children and maybe two or three other children and they play children with the staff here.”

But fishing, diving and getting the utmost entertainment of harmonious connectivity were also other reasons that brought Mr Braddock back to the island.

“The place has changed a lot and in most places it has changed for the better,” he said.

It has been built up beautifully and still has that Castaway charm, he said.

Mr Braddock said Castaway was unlike any other resort in Fiji because it had genuinely friendly hosts.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback : arishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj



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