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Thomson Appointed To Marriott Fiji

  Marriott International’s Fiji complex new Executive Assistant Manager Leon Thomson is thrilled with his new job. This includes seeing the smooth integration of internationally renowned hotel brands,  Marriott and
14 Jun 2018 13:07
Thomson  Appointed To Marriott Fiji
Marriott International’s Fiji complex new Executive Assistant Manager Leon Thomson

 

Marriott International’s Fiji complex new Executive Assistant Manager Leon Thomson is thrilled with his new job.

This includes seeing the smooth integration of internationally renowned hotel brands,  Marriott and Starwood.

Mr Thomson said he was delighted to be here in Fiji at a time when both the Sheraton Fiji Resort and the Westin Denarau Resort and Spa were both soon to undergo a $100 million refurbishment.

He would also oversee Sales & Marketing for Marriott International’s Fiji Complex which includes Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa and Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island.

Mr Thomson’s role will mainly entail driving the marketing strategies for all four hotels plus the Denarau International Golf and Racquet Club.

He is described as a skilled hotelier, with over 28 years’ experience in sales, marketing, management and operations working for a range of hotels across Australia and internationally.

Before coming to Fiji, Mr Thomason was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, where he relaunched the hotel following a widespread renovation project, announced the designation of the property as a Sheraton Grand Resort and unveiled the resort’s newly-renovated Pacific Mirage Villas.

Mr Thomson worked for several hotel groups including Watermark Hotel Group, Fairmont Resort (AccorHotels) and Hyatt.

“The Marriott International and Starwood have already merged and my job is to assist with the transformation.”

The Marriott Fiji properties are now owned by the Fiji National Provident Fund while Marriott is the brand name behind the running of these properties.

“We have a good marketing team here in Fiji and I am excited about this new role I am in.

“In the near future we will be starting the $100 million refurbishing of the properties.”

Mr Thomson said they continue to experience strong support from Fiji’s traditional tourist markets, Australia and New Zealand.

“However, we are also seeing a steady rise in tourists coming from the emerging markets like China and Japan and are working closely with Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways with this.”

Mr Thomson said Marriott International has 29 brands under its umbrella worldwide and with that comes 6500 hotels.

“With that many hotels, we are connected all over the world and use it to promote Fiji.”

Mr Thomson is here in Fiji with his wife while his three children have stayed back at their home on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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