New Zealand’s Catalana Island hotel, which has operated as an international luxury holiday resort since 2005, has set sail for the remote, remote Pacific island nation of Fiji.
Key points:The company’s chief executive is one of five owners of the Fiji Island resort, which operates from the Catalanna Islands resort siteThe group will be joined by three other owners, who will operate the island in their own wayFor the past two decades, the Catalinana Island has been one of the world’s top tourist destinations, attracting the likes of David Beckham, Brad Pitt and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Its hotel has hosted some of the biggest sporting events of the year, such as the football World Cup final between Fiji and South Africa, as well as the Rugby World Cup.
Its owner is now set to set sail to Fiji with a group of other owners who will form the Fiji Islands Hotel Group.
“I’m very excited to be able to build a business on Fiji Island,” CEO and president of the Catalonana Island Hotel Group, Alex Jones, said in a statement.
“The island is a magical place with the beautiful ocean backdrop and beautiful people.”
Fiji is a special place and we are delighted to be on the first leg of our journey with the Catalaana Islands.
“We want the guests to be a part of this journey, and our staff are delighted we can bring our passion for the islands to the rest of the globe.”
Mr Jones has been CEO of the resort for three years.
The Fiji Islands Resort Group has operated the Cataliana Island resort site from 2005 to 2019, and is one to three of the five owners who operate the resort from the Fiji’s remote Pacific islands.
The island has been hit by a severe drought and is only open to locals.
Fiji’s president has said the island’s people would be welcome in Fiji, but not as tourists.
“It is a very difficult place, we are going to bring the people in,” Mr Jones said.
“That will be the challenge, because we want to do it as an island resort and we want them to be treated as tourists, but they are not.”
As long as they stay on the islands they will be welcomed.
“Fiji has a population of less than 3,000 people.
Fishing for fish and snorkelling are the main attractions on the island.
The group has not set a target date for the island to be open to tourists.
But Mr Jones says it will open in a year or two.”
There are some areas that are still closed because of the drought, there are some places that are closed because the people are sick,” he said.
The company has not yet set a price for Fiji, and has not confirmed whether the group will operate from its Catalaan Island site.
Furunami Tourism Group, which is owned by the owners of other popular tourist destinations such as Hawaii and New Zealand, is set to open the first hotel in Fiji.
It will be followed by a series of hotels to be built in the Pacific island.
Fury International, the other major international hotel group, has said it will build a hotel in a separate location in Fiji and will begin construction on a new international hotel in the capital, Freetown.
The other main international hotel groups have also said they would build their own hotels.
Furaise, the owner of the New Zealand-based luxury tourism operator The Fiji Hotel Group (FHG), said in January that it would build a new hotel on the Fiji island.
It said it would take 18 months to construct a 1.4 million-square-metre (3.5 million-sq-ft) hotel in Kiribati.”
This hotel will be built as part of the Kiribatis national development plan to support the construction of a new national hotel in Fotohui, Fotahangi, Fiji,” it said in the announcement.”
All construction work is expected to be completed by early next year.
“Construction of the new hotel will create employment opportunities for local Fotoshis in Fiji.”FHGs first hotel opened in New Zealand in 2017.FH Grosvenor said the new FHG hotel will feature in its Fotos Resort and Spa in New York.
The FH Gens hotel, opened in 2017, is located in Auckland.