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Thailand's Dusit Hotels and Resorts Signs Management Contract for Three New Hotels in Fiji
and the Seychelles Islands


February 16, 2004 - Dusit has signed a management contract recently, to manage three new hotels in Fiji and the Seychelles Islands.
Mr. Khampi Suwanarat, Chief Operating Officer of Dusit Hotels & Resorts remarked, “Following our success with Dusit Dubai, our first Middle East hotel property, we are pleased to welcome Fiji and Seychelles in the Dusit portfolio. We are looking forward to this new challenge and opportunity to show what we can do in the islands of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, beginning with our auspicious contract to manage three new hotels in these regions.” 

Mr. Peter Drummond-Cullen, President and CEO of the Fiji and Seychelles hotel projects, said,  “We are pleased to select Dusit

Mr. Peter Drummond-Cullen, President & CEO
of the Fiji and Seychelles hotel projects, at left,
and Mr. Chanin Donavanik, Executive Director
of The Dusit Group signed an agreement on
three new properties recently. 
to manage our Fiji and Seychelles hotels. After a thorough selection process, we became convinced that the Dusit experience, knowledge and expertise would result in a considerable and significant contribution to our two companies’ long-term, mutual benefit and success.” 

The first of the three new hotels is a medium-size five-star property with 256 guest rooms located at Korolevu Bay, Fiji, scheduled to open mid- 2005. It will be followed by another luxurious grand deluxe hotel with 60 villas on Nacula Island, Fiji, opening during the latter months of 2005, while the third project is a private grand deluxe villa hotel with only 10 highly exclusive villas on Therese Island, Seychelles, opening at the end of 2005.

At present, the tourism industry in Fiji and the Seychelles has been expanding steadily since 1970, continuously enhanced by these enchanting, incomparably beautiful groups of islands, which are surrounded by crystal clear waters, hundreds of pristine unexplored coral reefs and blessed with superb weather all year round.  Both Fiji and the Seychelles Islands each in their own right have been called “A masterpiece of the gods.” 

Dusit Hotels and Resorts is Thailand’s pioneering and dynamic hotel group with properties in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Dubai, UAE and the new acquisitions in Fiji Islands and Seychelles. Through the years, Dusit has gained an unmatched reputation for exclusive luxury accommodation, fine dining, modern facilities and impeccable service for the business and leisure traveller alike.

More importantly, Dusit is one of the top hotel companies in the resort hotel area, and has more properties than many other hotel companies in the region. With three new resort hotels in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas, Dusit looks forward to becoming even stronger in terms of future growth and potential.

The 3 hotel projects at a glance are as follows: 

The Dusit Sheherazade, Korolevu Bay, Fiji

  • Mainland-Based - 256 Rooms & Suites - International “Grand Luxe” 5-Star Category Beach Front Resort
  • Sited at: Korolevu Bay, Korolevu, Coral Coast, Western Division, Viti Levu (Mainland Island)
  • 256 rooms & suites, all guest rooms ocean-facing, conference and banqueting facilities for 600 persons, 20,000 sq ft, 4 restaurants, 6 bars, Devarana Spa and Leisure Centre, Shopping promenade, 2 fresh water swimming pools, small marina for big game fishing and scuba diving vessels, yachts and seaplanes, and others. 
The Dusit Nautilus Lagoon, Nacula Island, Fiji 
  • Outer-island-based - 60 Villas & Pavilions - Exclusive 5-Star Grand Luxe Category Beach Front Island Resort
  • Sited at: Balawi Bay (Balawi, Loto Loto & Oya Beaches), Nacula Island, Eastern Sector, Yasawa Islands Group (Outer Islands), Western Division, Fiji 
  • 60 Villas and Pavilions luxury beach side resort hotel, minimum standard Villa size 160 sq m, all ocean facing, several Pavilions (2-bedroom Villas) with individual private pools, all Villas and Pavilions with individual Jacuzzi spa baths, comprehensive water sports, 4 floodlit tennis courts.
The Dusit Xanadu Pavilions,  Therese Island, Seychelles
  • Totally Private & Exclusive - 10 Pavilions - 5-Star Category Beach Front Island Resort 
  • Sited at: Therese Island, (Offshore from mainland island, west coast), Seychelles Inner Islands Group, SEYCHELLES 
  • Luxury beach side resort hotel with 10 Pavilions, standard Pavilion size 196 sq m, all ocean facing, each Pavilion with individual and totally private pools and Jacuzzi spa baths, complimentary spa, health therapies, beauty and gym facilities, beach based water sports, 2 floodlit tennis courts. 
The Fiji islands are the hub of the South West Pacific and are readily accessible by air. Frequent non-stop flights serve Fiji from North America and Europe via Honolulu, Sydney and Auckland with the same aircraft or connections to and from major cities around the world. Air Pacific, the national carrier is increasing flights, to bring 9,700 travellers a week to Fiji. Air New Zealand likewise continues to expand its services through Fiji.
Tourism is Fiji’s largest gross foreign exchange earner. Fiji’s tourism industry employs directly and indirectly about 40,000 people, and contributes 17% to GDP. Latest statistics reveal the average length of stay of tourists was around 8.5 days. The majority of visitors are from Australia, while visitors from New Zealand and other tourist markets continue to increase.

Lalana Santos
Corporate Director of Public Relations
and Communications
02-636-3600 ext 3557
Also See: Marriott Named as Operator of New 250-room Golf Destination Resort on Island of Fiji / December 2003
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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