SOFITEL FIJI RESORT & SPA WINS BEST FIJIAN PROPERTY ACCOLADE AT THE 2013 HM AWARDS IN SYDNEY

Sydney 9 September 201 – Sofitel FijiResort & Spa was named BEST FIJIAN PROPERTY at the 11th annual HM Awards in Sydney on Friday 6thSeptember 2013.

Held at the prestigious Sydney Town Hall and hosted by television personality Larry Emdur, the HM Awards recognised the accommodation industry?s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.The award ceremonydrew not just a huge crowd of almost 600 hoteliers, industry leaders and major suppliers, but also a record number of entries with 2500 received across all categories.

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa?s general manager Simon Jinks said it was an enormous privilege for Sofitel to win the prestigious industry award in its category of Best Fijian Property.

?To earn top honours as Best Fijian Property by Hotel Management magazine?s esteemed voting panel of industry leaders, hotel experts and journalists is truly rewarding, we are absolutely thrilled?.

?It?s a true testament to the commitment of the Resort?s ambassadors who surpass the expectations of our guests from around the world every day. With their level of service,warmth, genuine Fijian smiles and Bonjour Bula greetingsextended to our guests, this recognition belongs to the team as their efforts are the reason why guests return to the Resort year after year.

Mr Jinks added that the ongoing support and confidence of the Resort?s owners Richmond Limited (a joint venture between Fiji Airways and BSP Life) has empowered Sofitel to go from strength to strength, helping the iconic Resort maintain its position as market leader, setting the benchmark for Denarau Island and Fiji.

Mr Nalin Patel, Chairman of Richmond Limited said ?this is indeed a significant milestone for the Resort and this achievement would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of all our people?.

It was an evening filled with success as Radisson Blu Resort received a highly commended accolade and Gerard Knight was awarded General Manager of the year so there is much to celebrate on Denarau Island!

Sofitel?s parent company Accor Hotels was also a major winner on the night, awarded Accommodation Chain of the year, while Accor?s new Pullman hotel brand won hotel brand of the year.

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