Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Three Times Proves It For Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort At Fiji Tourism Excellence Awards

CORAL COAST, FIJI – It was three out of three for Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort when it scooped the pool with a trifecta of awards at the annual ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards. 

Etuate Liwaiono (Eddie), Darshita Naidu, Peter Hopgood, Salote Bali, Sharon Naidu, Praveena Dewan, Russell Blaik, Kini Sarai

The resort was named Best Deluxe Resort while its fine dining restaurant Ivi won the award for Best Visitor Dining Experience.

Outrigger Fiji’s Executive Chef, and Honorary President of the Fiji Chefs Association, Mr. Shailesh Naidu, was named as the industry’s most outstanding Tourism Leader.

Resort general manager Peter Hopgood praised his team for the excellence of its efforts in what he said had been a challenging year.

“Each member of the Outrigger team supports the other and the results of that are to be seen in these awards,” he said.

“I’m particularly thrilled for Chef Naidu as recipient of the Tourism Leader award.

“He has truly dedicated himself to the industry not only in achieving his own professional goals but for being an outstanding mentor to young trainees of which 90 percent are now working as chefs in various outlets at the resort.

“He is also the mastermind behind the Schools Master Chef Challenge which is now in its fifth year and attracts students from over 15 competing schools from Nadroga, Nadi and Lautoka regions,” said Mr Hopgood.

Speaking at the awards ceremony at Denarau’s Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that it was amazing that in the year Fiji was hit by the biggest cyclone ever to make landfall in the southern hemisphere, tourism numbers grew.

“Our visitors kept coming and thanks to the tourism industry, Fiji as a whole bounced back faster than anyone expected,” he said.

Outrigger Fiji’s sister property, Castaway Island was named as a finalist in three categories – tourism sustainability, accommodation deluxe and visitor dining experience.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is a privately held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality company with corporate offices in Hawaii and operating globally in the Asia-Pacific, Oceania and Indian Ocean regions. From its Outrigger Signature Experiences to its Outrigger DISCOVERY loyalty program, the values-based company invites guests to escape ordinary with exceptional hospitality and authentic cultural experiences, incorporating local traditions and customs at each of its properties worldwide. Founded in 1947, Outrigger has grown into a highly successful, multi-branded portfolio of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Resorts, OHANA Hotels by Outrigger®, Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger®, Embassy Suites®, Holiday Inn®, Best Western®, Wyndham Vacation Ownership® and Hilton Grand VacationsTM. Outrigger currently operates and/or has under development 37 properties with approximately 6,500 rooms located in Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island); Guam; Fiji; Thailand; Mauritius; and the Maldives. Find out; find Outrigger at: www.outrigger.com or visit @OutriggerResorts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For Outrigger news, visit http://news.outrigger.com.
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