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RESORTS: Outrigger And Vomo Island Win Major Award For Fiji

The award for Best Fijian Property was presented to Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Vomo Island Fiji Mamanuca Islands, at the 2017 HM Awards for Accommodation Excellence on September 1. The
06 Sep 2017 10:45
RESORTS: Outrigger And Vomo Island Win Major Award For Fiji
General Manager, Vomo Island Fiji Mark Leslie and Brand ambassador, Vomo Island Fiji Renee Leslie.

The award for Best Fijian Property was presented to Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Vomo Island Fiji Mamanuca Islands, at the 2017 HM Awards for Accommodation Excellence on September 1.

The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa was recipient of the Highly Commended award for the same category.

Over 70 awards were presented in front of 730 attendees at Sydney Town Hall, Australia.

The HM Awards have, for the 15th time, recognised the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort general manager, Peter Hopgood said he was overwhelmed to be accepting this award on behalf of the team.

“We are truly blessed with an amazing team at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and I believe that is why we were the recipient of this award. We are also fortunate to have outstanding restaurants, one of the best spas in Fiji and we also provide our guests with unique experiences such as our Talei Butlers and Meimei nannies.

“To top it off, my team’s dedication to its local community is renowned all over the world.”

As a brand, Outrigger Resorts is recognised as a strong, values-led, community focused operator at each of the destinations in which it operates.

At last year’s HM Awards event, Mr Hopgood was awarded the prestigious Ashley Spencer Service to the Hospitality Industry Award for his tireless work on behalf of the Fijian hotel industry and in support of local Fijian communities.

South Pacific general manager category was presented by Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School and the winner was Scott Walton of Wyndham Denarau Island.

While  Mr Hopgood and James McCann of Yasawa Island Resort and Spa, Fiji received the Highly Commended award.

 

Vomo Island

Vomo Island, director of sales and marketing Karen Marvell said: “The team at Vomo has worked incredibly hard over the past year to be a stand out luxury resort, not only in Fiji but a global player, following our extensive refurbishments in 2015 and 2016.

“We re-opened this week one year ago and have enjoyed building the occupancy over that time and showcasing our stunning product to the world.

“It is really nice to be recognised for the level of hospitality and the experience we are showcasing at Vomo and in Fiji, to the rest of the world.  Having said that, winning awards is certainly not at the top of our ‘to do list’.

“What we strive to do every day is delight our guests and when they tell us they want to come back next year, before they have even left the island to go home, we know we have the formula for success.  That is more important and rewarding than anything else.

“Those every day victories are the ones we work so hard to achieve on a daily basis.  The awards are a nice reminder every now and then that you are on track and an accolade is always a lovely surprise when it comes your way.”

After winning the award, Mark Leslie, general manager said: “2016 was a challenging year getting opened. But I would like to say well done to our truly amazing Vomo team for always kicking goals and making sure we lead the way.  I am truly proud to be part of this team.”

 

Vomo Island future plans

Ms Marvell said this was a great time for Vomo, emerging from the setbacks of Winston.

“They say you have to have a little rain to get a rainbow, so we believe we have weathered the storm and can now enjoy some of the accolades – our rainbow.

“The future for Vomo is to continue to build on our offerings and stay ahead of the game.

“We have an experienced team who dedicate themselves daily to their roles of providing the best Fijian hospitality to our international guests.

“We have a newly refurbished product on one of the most picturesque islands in Fiji.

“Vomo welcomes families year round and we are fortunate to be in a time when families all over the world are looking for destinations to spend their holiday time together.”

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