Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has demonstrated through practical activity that it really cares for its community and local cultures in which the resort operates and resides.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort GM and Outrigger Resorts Area General Manager Peter Hopgood is passionately committed to the local community as he believes not only does it help to maintain and even strengthen local culture, but that it provides a deeply engaging hotel experience for hotel guests.
In 2014, demonstrating its commitment, Outrigger Fiji Resort announced its first public community tourism project, the building of a large Bure, a traditional meeting hall at Conua School in the Sigatoka Valley.
Construction is well under way taking 12-18 months and when completed, the building will be the centrepiece of the village, with the capacity to accommodate over 100 people for both school and village meetings and community events.
The most amazing part of the project is that guests at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort can volunteer their time during their stay to assist the resort’s engineering team with the construction, from basic labour to more skilled trades.
As a result guests are provided with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Fiji community, interact with the local school children, share a bowl of kava with local villagers and complete the day with a visit to one of Fiji’s most prestigious cultural sites, Tavuni Hill Fort.
Mr Hopgood said, “It’s a “win-win,” and we hope that our guests will experience the passion that we feel for this project and get involved in this unique opportunity to give something back to the local community.”
I met with Mr Hopgood at Fijian Tourism Exchange 2015 and to hear what he had to tell me about Outrigger Fiji Beach Resorts and its amazing community work, please click on the video box below.
You can also visit the initiative’s Facebook page.
Written by John Alwyn-Jones