AMERICAN tourists Helen Katrina and Doc Norton were honoured to be given the opportunity to light the Christmas tree at the Tokatoka Resort on Thursday night.
The guests were the winners of the Friends of Fiji promotion organised by Tourism Fiji.
The prize included a trip to Fiji and accommodation at the Matamanoa Island Resort and the Tokatoka Resort.
Ms Katrina said she was excited and happy to be chief guest on the night.
"We just arrived from Matamanoa and I was shocked to be asked by the hotel management to light the tree," she said. "It was unexpected and we are very pleased taking into consideration the many guests here at the hotel."
Tokatoka Resort general manager Jack Stark said the pair were the only American tourists in the hotel and it was a coincidence their stay timed the Christmas tree lighting activity.
"Since they are prize winners it is appropriate to give them the opportunity to light the Christmas tree," said Mr Stark.
He said the last lighting of the Christmas tree was held more than 15 years ago.
Mr Stark said the hotel had overcome many challenges which saw the hotel being bought by the Warwick Hotel.