Outrigger Fiji’s Community Tourism Project Officially Opens

Open! A labour of love: 14 months, FJD200,000, 800 guests and hosts later …

At a cost in excess of FJD$200,000, the large community bure (meeting hall) project, was constructed at Conua Primary School in the Sigatoka Valley over a fourteen month period. It is the centrepiece of the village, is built to withstand tropical cyclones and has the capacity to accommodate over 100 people for both school and village meetings and community events. It was officially opened on November 28 by special guests, Fiji’s Minister for Industry Tourism & Trade, Mr Faiyaz Koya and Outrigger Resorts Managing Director Asia Pacific, Mr Darren Edmonstone,  coinciding with Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s  fifteenth birthday.

Fiji Community Tourism Project Opens

 

Over the past year, guests have volunteered their time over one or two days during their holiday to assist the resort’s engineering team with all aspects of the construction phase from basic labour work to more skilled trades. From a participation fee of FJD$100 for adults and FJD$60 children, 70% was channelled into the project for building materials while the remaining 30% covered the costs of the full-day excursion. Parents and their children who took part in the program were able to interact with the local school children, share a bowl of kava with the local villagers and complete the day with a visit to one of Fiji’s most significant cultural sites, Tavuni Hill Fort.

 

The project was driven by Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s General Manager Peter Hopgood. “Our resort operates as one big vuvale (family) and I think that guests pick up on that and were only too happy to pitch in and help because they felt part of a larger family group and want to give something back to the community,” Mr Hopgood said. “We have even had corporate groups, social groups and a father & son group from Newport Rugby Club in Sydney come to stay at the resort specifically to make a direct-action contribution to the project,” he said.  As a special surprise at the opening event Outrigger Fiji also donated four new computers to the School.

Completely overwhelmed, the School Principal Mrs Finau said that the resorts involvement with the school has been a blessing from God. “The teachers and school children were eternally thankful for the generous support from the resort,” she said. The initiative underpins Outrigger’s global commitment to provide a deeply engaging holiday experience for its guests and to provide a dedicated commitment to the local culture and community. –

See more at: http://news.outrigger.com/official-opening-for-outrigger-fijis-200k-community-tourism-project/

Comments

  1. Bryan Jones says:

    Bula
    To the GM and the team at Outrigger Beach Resort Fiji, congratulations on a sensational year both at the resort and within the local community. What you have achieved is remarkable. You set an incredibly high standard in community spirit. Well done, be very proud of your initiative and actions, the legacy of which will last for years to come.

    All the best, Jonesy.

  2. Noelle MURDOCH says:

    Dear Peter and the Outrigger Family.
    Congratulations on the conclusion of the Meeting Bure at Conua School we so enjoyed our visit with you last August. We wish all there a wondrous family Christmas. All being well we will see you in July and August
    Every best wish
    Pam, Bob, Ian and Noelle Murdoch.

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