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Radisson Blu Appoints Two Locals to Executive Positions

Radisson Blu has taken onboard two local executives in what the resort’s general manger Charles Homsy has described as “giving this hotel more Fijian culture.” The new Resort Manager is
22 Dec 2018 11:11
Radisson Blu Appoints Two Locals to Executive Positions
The new Resort Manager Clyde King and new Director of Sales and Marketing Vara Natuilagilagi.

Radisson Blu has taken onboard two local executives in what the resort’s general manger Charles Homsy has described as “giving this hotel more Fijian culture.”

The new Resort Manager is Clyde King while the new Director of Sales and Marketing is Vara Natui­lagilagi. Mr Homsy told staff during the welcoming ceremony for the two that he had been described as ‘bizarre’ for hiring two ‘Ex-Com’ (short for Ex­ecutive Committee) who are locals.

“I was down at the Marina (Port Denarau) when I heard some of the Denarau population say I was bizarre.

“I pride myself to work with Fijian professionals and this is the way to move forward.

“Everything we think, do, buy, prepare and built should be Fijian cultured because that is why peo­ple come to Fiji.

“They don’t come to see me, or the new room or mattress, or swimming pool – they come to see the people and their culture.

“They come to see warm, nice and funny people with beautiful voices with culture, religion with beautiful country.”

He said that was what all the staff must feel.

“This is a very beautiful country with a lot of cul­ture, history and emotions that we will work on to

bring to this hotel.

“My objective is to make this hotel the most Fi­jian/cultural/emotional on Denarau and I hope the

team shares that with me.

“That is why I am happy that the two ex-com members who have joined are from Fiji and are very highly skilled with a lot of experience.

“They are very experienced and in my 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, I have never seen this level of competence as that of this two, even from international or expatriate ex-com staff.

“I hate the fact when a Fijian tells me we cannot find the skill set in Fiji.

“This is extremely wrong and brings people down.”

Mr King said he had come back home because if locals left, who was going to lead the nation.

“That is why I came back.

“I joined Radisson because I was excited about the vision Mr Homsby has for us.”

Mr King said he was looking forward to working with the staff and learning more.

Ms Natuilagilagi said it gave her great pride to join Radisson and work on Denarau which was very competitive.

“I am looking forward to working with my team and taking this property to another level.”

Mr King is a member of the Fiji Institute of Ac­countants and was Assistant Resort Manager at

Wyndham Vacation Resort on Denarau before coming to Radisson.

Prior to that he was General Manager Tropica Island Resort, General Manager Namotu Island Resort, Financial Controller Tavarau Island Re­sort and Namotu Island Resort, Assistant Manger (Business Advisory Services) for KPMG and Man­agement Accountant at Morley College i London and Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Prior to joining Radisson, Ms Natuilagilagi was Regional Sales and Marketing Director for War­wick Hotels and Resorts in the Pacific.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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