NOTHING will change. That's the assurance made to 800 plus workers of Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort and Spa and Castaway Island by former owner Geoffrey Shaw.
An icon of the tourism industry, Mr Shaw last weekend announced the sale of his stake in both businesses to Hawaii-based Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Mr Shaw said the occasion was an emotionally difficult one.
"You would appreciate it has been an emotionally difficult and enormous decision for me to pass over the reins of ownership, however, this decision is made in the full knowledge that the Outrigger Group and the owners â€" the Kelley family â€" embrace and understand the Fijian culture, appreciate our more than 800 staff and are committed to further enhancing both resorts as the years progress," he said.
David Carey, the president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group, said adding two of Fiji's iconic tourist properties augured well for the group's growth strategy into the region.
"This acquisition is consistent with the strategic growth of Outrigger in the Asia-Pacific region," he said.
"With over 66 years of experience in tropical resort destinations, our full acquisition of these two beautiful, absolute beachfront properties fits perfectly with our expansion strategies. We plan to have Outrigger resorts in the best beachfront locations in the best resort destinations in the Asia-Pacific region."