AN investment totaling $50million and took about two years to complete was celebrated by the Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific at its property on Denarau Island yesterday.
The event, attended by about 600 people, had Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama unveiling a ceremonial plaque to mark the occasion.
Commodore Bainimarama made special mention of Wyndham's significant contribution to the Nadi community and Fiji economy since the resort was first developed in 2000.
"Today marks a landmark event for Fiji's tourism industry," he said.
"In 2000, Wyndham created one of the world's premier resort destinations.
"Today, with the unveiling of this marvelous development, they have taken the overall guest experience to new heights, while attracting generations of visitors to Fiji for decades to come."
The Prime Minister also commended Wyndham's commitment to sustainability through Wyndham Green, the company's global environmental program.
Many environmentally-sustainable features were incorporated into the redevelopment, including the use of local timbers, natural light and cross flow ventilation, energy saving lighting and water saving devices, plus energy efficient cooling systems.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific CEO and managing director Barry Robinson said the development was a result of the resort's commitment to providing excellent service to their guests.
"We are proud to welcome our owners and guests to the best address on the island, offering warm friendly service and brilliant accommodation choices both befitting of the destination and true to the Wyndham legacy," Mr Robinson said.
The refurbishment and expansion of the 201 apartment Wyndham Resort Denarau Island, formally the WorldMark Denarau Island Resort, was extensive.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has spent over $50million in developments at the resort over the past two years, including the phase three development.
Based on design concepts by Australian architects Guymer Bailey, the design, construction, architecture, and fit-out with furniture, fixtures and equipment of the resort were undertaken by Fijian firm Architects Pacific, under the direction of Pacific Building Solutions.