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Marriott Named as Operator of New 250-room
Golf Destination Resort on Island of Fiji
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 4, 2003 - Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) will manage a new 250-room property that will open in 2005 on the popular resort destination island of Fiji under a long-term agreement reached with Unitava Limited. When opened, it will be Marriott’s first branded property at the destination and the 12th resort in its Asia-Pacific lodging portfolio.

The Fiji Marriott Resort will be located on Momi Bay, approximately a 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport.  In addition to the hotel, the resort property will also include an 80-berth marina, a Town Center with retail facilities, and an 18-hole golf course designed by Thompson Wooldridge that will be managed by Marriott Golf. 

“We are excited by the expansion of our resort portfolio in the Pacific,” said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of international lodging at Marriott International.  “Fiji is a popular resort destination for vacationers from several continents, and we look forward to working closely with the tourism infrastructure of Fiji to encourage future tourism development.”

Accommodations at the Fiji Marriott Resort will be larger than most standard hotel rooms and will feature four-fixture baths. Twenty-two of the rooms will be over-water bungalows and suites. 

For dining and entertainment, the Fiji Marriott Resort will have a lobby lounge, a poolside bar, a casual restaurant serving three meals daily including a grand buffet, a specialty restaurant and a poolside restaurant that will serve lunch and dinner daily. A deli restaurant will also be available.

Amenities will include a wedding pavilion and a fitness center and spa, as well as two resort-style swimming pools.  In addition, there will be whirlpools, a children’s pool, three lighted tennis courts, a covered recreational pavilion offering billiards, board games and a library, a water sports/diving center and a children’s activities center. 

For social events and conferences, the Fiji Marriott Resort will have 640 square meters of space, including a 350-square-meter ballroom that will be divisible into five sections, three function rooms totaling 210 square meters and an 80-square-meter board room.  In addition, the resort will feature a covered catering area that will be large enough to accommodate a banquet for 300 persons.

The Marriott resort portfolio in Asia-Pacific currently consists of 11 resorts.  They include:  the 1,304-room Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, the 387-room JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko-Olina, the 346-room Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, the 391-room Maui Marriott Resort & Beach Club, the 783-room Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Resort, the 345-room Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, the 545-room Waikoloa Marriott Resort, and the 542-room Wailea Marriott Resort in Hawaii; the 436-room Guam Marriott Resort; the 265-room JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand; and the 330-room Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort in Australia.

Marriott International is a leading worldwide hospitality company with over 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 68 other countries and territories. 

June Farrell
 Marriott International 
 (301) 380-7796
Also See: Coral Coast Properties Developing a 75 room Luxury Resort in Viti Levu, Fiji; To Be Managed by Rosewood / April 2002
FocusOn Pacific Islands; Well Placed to Lead World Tourism Growth - Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa, French Polynesia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia / Dec 2002

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