Home' Hotel Management : HM OCTOBER 2016 Contents Fifty years ago, a small Fijian island named Qualito
echoed to the sound of bush knives as workers
cleared scrub and began building bures.
Today the island, one of the most beautiful in the
Mamanucas region and famous for its pristine north
and south facing beaches, is the internationally
acclaimed Castaway Island, Fiji Resort.
One of the jewels in the crown of Outrigger
Enterprises Group, Castaway will be celebrating
throughout the month of November to mark
a half-century of delivering an authentic Fijian
There will be celebratory cocktails and
cultural events, plus all guests will receive a
commemorative Castaway sarong or sulu and be
invited to take part in the many festivities planned
during the month.
This is in addition to the newly launched
Outrigger Signature Experiences, providing all
guests with a treasure trove of included amenities
and authentic cultural programs to fully savour the
island's unique sense of place.
For five decades, Castaway has welcomed guests
to its white sand beaches and turquoise waters,
o ering an intoxicating blend of South Pacific
tranquillity and impeccable service and cuisine.
It has survived storms and cyclones, emerging
battered but with the spirit of its hosts unbroken,
by the ferocity of Cyclone Winston earlier this
year. Less than four months after enduring the
wrath of one of the most destructive cyclones ever
experienced in Fiji, the small slice of paradise that is
Castaway Island was once more welcoming guests.
The resort's history can be traced through its
hosts, some of whom have been working on the
island for more than 30 years.
In 1992, the resort was energised by the arrival
of a new owner, Geo rey Shaw, who had been
involved in Fiji tourism since 1970.
It was his vision for Castaway Island that made it
synonymous with 'barefoot' luxury hospitality, a vision
that has realized a returnee guest rate of 40 per cent.
Castaway Island Resort General Manager,
Steven Andrews, said he and his team were very
excited about plans for the November celebrations.
"We have several sta who have lived on the
island for over 30 years. Castaway Island is their home
and our guests are their family. As we approach our
birthday, we remain dedicated to creating lasting
holiday memories for our guests and a tranquil home
for our hosts for another 50 years," he said.
Parkroyal Parramatta has unveiled the hotel's new
Club Lounge and Club Rooms.
Following a AUD$25 million refurbishment and
extension, the hotel is setting a new benchmark
for business in the area as the largest hotel in
Parramatta, boasting 286-rooms including 50
Premier Rooms, 40 Club Rooms, Club Lounge
and a new state of the art gymnasium.
Club guests will experience priority check-in
and check-out, complimentary breakfast, drinks
and canapés, refreshments throughout the day
and sweeping views of the Parramatta skyline in
the dedicated Lounge.
Perfectly positioned within Parramatta CBD
and nearby Parramatta River, the hotel features
distinctive city-inspired interiors within the new
The new refurbishment and extension draws
on its natural surrounds with a palette of timber,
stone and glass, designed by award-winning
architecture firm Architectus.
Parkroyal Parramatta General Manager, Michael
Johnson, said he is excited to be leading the hotel
business development in the region, o ering
guests a modern and refreshing environment with
new Club Rooms on sale this week.
"The Club Lounge and Club Rooms will set
a new benchmark in Parramatta. At the heart of
Sydney's economic growth, corporate and leisure
travellers can now enjoy the very best of facilities
as we raise the bar on hotel quality in the region,"
Continuing their strong business position in the
market, Parkroyal Parramatta unveiled five new
meeting rooms to o er a total of 13 meeting and
event spaces, the largest conference venue hotel
in Western Sydney.
"As Parramatta continues to experience
exponential growth in business and leisure travel,
it is important to recognise the need for spaces
that cater to the growing market," Johnson said.
"However, our refurbishment and extension has
also allowed us to reflect on a local level, ensuring
we are a destination for travellers and locals alike,"
PARKROYAL PARRAMATTA DEBUTS NEW
LOUNGE AND CLUB ROOMS
Fiji's Castaway Island
set to celebrate 50 years
Fiji's Castaway Island
Parkroyal Parramatta's extension is now open
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