LANDOWNERS will be given the first chance of work at a locally-owned five-star resort planned for development at Tokoriki Island in the Mamanuca Group.
Developers Ritam Investments said they viewed the partnership with the traditional landowners as a vital component of the business.
The Lautoka-based business says it will invest about $35million into reconstructing the existing property.
Expected to open next year, the resort will be known as the Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa, Tokoriki Island.
Ritam Investments director Romit Meghji said the traditional landowners were an important aspect of the new development.
"The first rights of employment will go to the landowners," he said.
"The landowners are not based on Tokoriki but their village is across the island and once the resort is complete, we will start with interviews and training them for work at the resort.
"I think one of the significant appointments we've made already is that we just appointed our new human resources manager who is from the traditional mataqali that owns the island."
He said construction work of the resort also provided employment for villagers.