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Tourists who never failed for 34 years to be on Fiji coast

Shayal Devi
Friday, January 03, 2014

AUSTRALIAN Danny Forrest has been a guest at the Naviti Resort every year for the past 34 years.

Mr Forrest and his wife were among the many guests, including Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who chose to welcome the new year at the Coral Coast property.

Mr Forrest said he was drawn to the staff and management.

"They are great and look after us really well," he said.

"Now my daughter wants to get married in Fiji as well, which is very special for us."

General manager David Woodman said the resort hosted about 20 to 30 per cent returnee guests, a large number of who were locals.

He said a major plan for the resort this year is the rebuilding of an area damaged by fire last year and this is expected to commence in mid-May.

"We are already in the process of extending our bamboo terrace and will soon commence the rebuilding of the spa, which we hope to be completed by the end of March.

"The rebuilding and renovations will feature the replacement of all fire-damaged items."

Mr Woodman said the main objective for 2014 was to rebuild and regain the resort's market share.

Meanwhile, he said the new year celebrations were everything they asked for.

"Great house guests with a party mood from start to finish and the guests were entertained by the Rosi Loa band, fire dancers, and our own kids fashion show," Mr Woodman added.