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Six in the bag for the best

Frederica Elbourne
Friday, March 01, 2013

A FAMILY-OWNED business scooped six awards at the 16th annual AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards last week.

Rosie Group said the importance of the awards was in how customers were always at the forefront of all that business did.

Established in 1974 as a small travel company, the Rosie Group owns two resorts and holiday ground operator.

The company is operated by Tony Whitton, managing director and son of founders Roy and Rosie.

"I grew up in the family business. The three things I picked up from my parents were the importance of customers — that is to keep your promise to your customer, create family atmosphere by looking after the staff and, that the benefits of the tourism flow effect.

"Tourism circulates to every corner of the economy," he said.

Rosie Group employs 450 people, most of who work at Likuliku Resort and Malolo Island Resort.

Rosie Group won the following awards:

* Best Operator Conference and Incentives

* Best Ground Operator Global Marketing

* Frontline of the Year

* Best Quality Resort

* Best Luxury Resort and,

* Visionary.

Mr Whitton took home the Visionary Award for his contribution to the tourism industry and the spirit of excellence of the group that he represented.

This he said included the construction and operation of the country's first and only overwaters bungalow lagoon resort Likuliku.

He said Eroni Bole (pictured) won the Frontliner of the Year Award.

According to the group website, Rosie Holidays own Thrifty Car Rental services, with a modern fleet of more than 40 self-driving vehicles, with 18 rental depots all over the big island.





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