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Let’s Go Local: Outrigger Recognised At HM Awards, Taveuni On Top Of Darren Shaw’s List

Mr Shaw was the general manager of the property which was then known as Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji from 2006 to 2009. After leaving Fiji, he was appointed as General Manager of the newly opened Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas, Thailand in 2010.
08 Dec 2021 11:30
Let’s Go Local: Outrigger Recognised At HM Awards, Taveuni On Top Of Darren Shaw’s List
Tavoro Waterfall in Taveuni and Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort General Manager Darren Shaw.

Darren Shaw was recently recognised as South Pacific Hotel General Manager of The Year at the HM Awards 2021 Gala.

Mr Shaw is no stranger to Fiji.

He has been living in Fiji after being appointed as the General Manager at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in 2019.

 

Mr Shaw was the general manager of the property which was then known as Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji from 2006 to 2009.

After leaving Fiji, he was appointed as General Manager of the newly opened Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas, Thailand in 2010.

The HM awards was held on Friday, December 3 at Sydney Town Hall, Australia.

 

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Area Director of Sales and Marketing Ben Johnson (right) with the five awards won by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts during the HM Awards 2021 held in Sydney, Australia on December 3, 2021.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Area Director of Sales and Marketing Ben Johnson (right) with the five awards won by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts during the HM Awards 2021 held in Sydney, Australia on December 3, 2021.

The Hotel Management Awards were held in Sydney Town Hall, with five Awards being won for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts:

– HM Magazine Asia-Pacific Hotelier of the Year: Outrigger CEO Jeff Wagoner

– South Pacific General Manager: Darren Shaw
– Sales and Marketing Associate: Ben Johnson
– Fijian Property: Castaway Island, Fiji
– Environmental Program: Castaway Island, Fiji

 

Mr Shaw said: “I would like to thank HM Magazine, their sponsors, Outrigger Hospitality Group and the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort vuvale.”

“I am honoured to have been selected for such recognition.”

“The last 12 months have been extraordinarily challenging for so many people, so I am pleased to lead a team who have been at the forefront in supporting our community.”

 

He highlighted that Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort team members are resilient, caring and giving by nature and this continues to inspire him to improve and do better.

“Now with the last year of challenges behind us, we can return our focus to being the best hospitality service providers with the re-introduction of our international guests to our shores.”

 

Yasawa Group of Islands. Source: https://offgoesannie.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/DJI_0097.jpg

Yasawa Group of Islands. Source: https://offgoesannie.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/DJI_0097.jpg

How many places have you visited around Fiji?
I have taken the opportunity over the last few years to travel around much of Fiji, from driving around Viti Levu, cruising through the Mamanuca and the Yasawa Islands, and across to Vanu Levu.

 

 

Sigatoka Sandunes. Source : https://anotherjayinparadise.com/sigatoka-sand-dunes/

Sigatoka Sand dunes. Source : https://anotherjayinparadise.com/sigatoka-sand-dunes/

What is the one place in Fiji you would take visitors to?
Sigatoka Sand Dunes, apart from the spectacular views and great exercise to to get there, it is fascinating how the dunes are formed from coastal hinterland erosion.

 

 

Cafe Planet on the Coral Coast, Korotogo, Sigatoka.

Cafe Planet on the Coral Coast, Korotogo, Sigatoka.

What is your favourite place for coffee/pie?
Cafe Planet along Korotogo, Adrian is a lovely personality with good service and a great pie and coffee as well!

 

Suncoast, Rakiraki. Source: fijiguide.com/

Suncoast, Rakiraki. Source: fijiguide.com/

What is your favourite backyard spot?
Rakiraki Hilltop, a beautiful breeze with stunning views and lush countryside.

 

Tavoro Falls, Taveuni.

Tavoro Falls, Taveuni.

What is one place in Fiji that remains on your bucket list?
Taveuni

We hear so much about it and I can’t wait to get there.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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