Outrig­ger Re­sorts to boost busi­ness for 2017

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More thriv­ing busi­ness is ex­pected at the two lo­cal Outrig­ger Re­sorts prop­er­ties come 2017. This was high­lighted by the vice pres­i­dent Sales and Mar­ket­ing Outrig­ger Re­sorts Asia Pa­cific Mark Sim­mons. Mr Sim­mons was speak­ing at the Cor­po­rate Christ­mas cock­tail at the Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort on Co­ral Coast Satur­day night.

“Big year for us next year, Outrig­ger Re­sort glob­ally turns 70 years old,” he said. The Outrig­ger En­ter­prise Group started their busi­ness 70 years ago in Hawaii, ob­vi­ously have grown and Fiji has been a very im­por­tant part of it. “This week we’ve had our heads of sales and mar­ket­ing from Aus­tralian of­fices, Syd­ney, Bris­bane and Gold Coast and Asia Pa­cific to do a two day strat­egy ses­sion,” he said. The ses­sion was on plans to de­velop fur­ther busi­ness. “We look­ing into maps in Fiji and are work­ing on it and we are very pos­i­tive in mov­ing to next year,” Mr Sim­mons said. “We’ve launched a num­ber of new pro­grammes that will help busi­ness to come in to Fiji.” Mr Sim­mons said they have re­cently be­come a mem­ber of Global Ho­tel Al­liance in their loy­alty pro­gramme divi­sion. “They have eight mil­lion mem­bers with col­lec­tive pro­grammes,” he added.

“We are the first prop­erty in that pro­gramme in Fiji, so it’s pretty pres­ti­gious in that space and we’ve launched ex­pe­ri­ence which cov­ers all our des­ti­na­tions. ““Outrig­ger Re­sorts is very com­mit­ted to Fiji. Our teams here and teams around the world where we op­er­ate are all push­ing to bring busi­ness to Fiji.” “We need to make busi­ness here with our prop­erty but also with the com­mu­nity. It goes hand in hand and we are very sync­ing with that.” Gen­eral man­ager Peter Hop­good said: “What a year it has been! “In the be­gin­ning we were chal­lenged by the dev­as­ta­tion and de­struc­tion of Cy­clone Win­ston and the im­pact it had on our tourism in­dus­try.” Mr Hop­good said it is pleas­ing to note that whilst there was a slight im­pact in the months af­ter the cy­clone, the tourism in­dus­try has stead­ied in the lat­ter part of the year. “As most of you are aware we do things a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently here at Outrig­ger,” he said. “This is a mo­men­tous week­end for the re­sort. “We are able to sup­port our com­mu­nity due to the hard work and gen­eros­ity of our staff but more im­por­tantly our guests that come to stay with us at the re­sort. “As you have most prob­a­bly gath­ered, I’m ex­tremely proud of my team at Outrig­ger. “They are our num­ber one as­set.”

Photo: OF­FICE OF THE AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (cen­tre) with staff dur­ing the Cor­po­rate Christ­mas cock­tail at the Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort on Co­ral Coast on Satur­day night.

Photo: OF­FICE OF THE AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL

Outrig­ger Re­sorts vice pres­i­dent Sales and Mar­ket­ing Mark Sim­mons, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Outrig­ger gen­eral man­ager Peter Hop­good dur­ing the Cor­po­rate Christ­mas cock­tail at the Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort on Co­ral Coast on Satur­day night.

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