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Resort plans fete to mark 41 years

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, December 19, 2013

REVAMPED and refurbished, Treasure Island Resort reopened this week with the prospect of about 90 per cent occupancy.

General manager Scott Walton said they were excited, especially after one year of renovations, following the destruction left by Tropical Cyclone Evan in December last year.

He revealed plans for major celebrations in February next year to mark 41 years of operation.

"One of the biggest pluses for us is that the resort and island are one and the same, meaning that we do not share the resort with other properties," he said.

"This means that guests can access the beach from their bure and that is one of our biggest features.

"Treasure opened its doors for business in February 1973, so we are making plans for a big 41st birthday bash."

Mr Walton said the success of Treasure Island as a resort could be measured by the fact that about 50 per cent of guests were regular returnees.

"A lot of them are from Australia and New Zealand and they have been visiting us for years."

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau opened the resort on Tuesday by highlighting and acknowledging the contribution of landowners and resort management and staff in rebuilding the popular holiday retreat.

"Treasure Island resort is very unique in that it is the only significant resort in Fiji which is 50 per cent owned by the traditional landowners, the tokatoka Nakelo of the vanua of Vuda," he said.