Nanuya Is­land Re­sort Own­ers In­vest in Lo­cals

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Ivan and Val Parker’s in­ten­tion to pur­chase Nanuya Is­land Re­sort was to em­ploy lo­cal peo­ple and pro­vide a bet­ter liv­ing for them.

The re­sort is lo­cated on the North­ern tip of Nanuya Lailai Is­land in the Ya­sawa Group. Mar­ket­ing and Pro­mo­tions Consultant Greg Clay­ton said that the cou­ple were vis­it­ing the Ya­sawa Group for more than 20 years and do­ing vol­un­teer­ing work in build­ing schools for lo­cals.

“They pro­vide hun­dreds and thou­sands of dol­lars to help build schools in the com­mu­nity,” said Mr Clay­ton.

“When they got the op­por­tu­nity to buy this re­sort, re­ally not so much as a profit base, but ac­tu­ally the in­ten­tion was to em­ploy as many lo­cal peo­ple as pos­si­ble and pro­vide a bet­ter liv­ing for them.

“Many of the staff here are from the lo­cal vil­lages and they cross the wa­ter daily to come and work.

“They built a larger staff quar­ters and there were 80 peo­ple liv­ing in there with their fam­ily rooms and sin­gle rooms.

“Again that is the sig­nif­i­cant cost of in­vest­ment and it is not about mak­ing money as the ab­so­lute cri­te­ria, it was about the sup­port­ing the lo­cal peo­ple,” he said. Mr Clay­ton said: “It has been five years now and they tried to im­prove the qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion around the beach.”

Tourist ex­pec­ta­tion

He said: “It is quite a lot of ef­fort here to keep the Fi­jian way as pos­si­ble

“But it still needs the western tourist ex­pec­ta­tion, the need of air conditioni­ng; they want their pri­vate fa­cil­i­ties, nice restau­rant and a gen­eral store.

“We do not pro­pose be a Sher­a­ton but we do well in what we do and have a lit­tle bit more in­ti­mate feel­ing about it.

“For the five years it was not easy and it was a quite an ef­fort to turn a small re­sort into some­thing that peo­ple gen­uinely ap­pre­ci­ate and get the feel for it and that is what we are af­ter.

“Over­all that is our phi­los­o­phy is to look af­ter the peo­ple, both the clients as well as the staff,” Mr Clay­ton added.

Marine con­ser­va­tion

Last week, a first launch­ing of a tra­di­tional marine con­ser­va­tion taboo was held at the re­sort and it was a priv­i­lege for the di­rec­tors as it was a way to pro­mote the tourism in­dus­try and en­vi­ron­ment at their re­sort.

Re­sort Gen­eral Man­ager Aquila Kula said there is a great re­la­tion­ship of the re­sort di­rec­tors with the sur­round­ing vil­lagers which en­ables them to host the first ini­tia­tive of marine con­ser­va­tion through tra­di­tional vanua links.

Guests and staff at Nanuya Is­land Re­sort in Ya­sawa Group.

Own­ers of Nanuya Is­land Re­sort Ivan and Val Parker with Tui Drola Ratu Manasa Naika­sowalu.

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