Hilton last week announced further expansion of its portfolio in Fiji, following the signing of two management agreements with Carpenters Properties Limited for Hilton Suva and Hilton Garden Inn Suva. Hilton Garden Inn Suva is scheduled to open Q2 2020, with Hilton Suva to follow two years later.
“We are deeply committed to expanding our presence in Fiji and are thrilled to be introducing more brands from our portfolio in the Australasian market,” said Guy Phillips, Senior Vice President, Development, Asia and Australasia, Hilton. “Our position of being one of the world’s fastest-growing hospitality companies has been achieved through great partnerships, and we’re thrilled to be working alongside Carpenters Properties Limited to open Hilton Suva and Hilton Garden Inn Suva.”
As the capital of Fiji, Suva is the political, economic and cultural hub of the country and hosts many regional headquarters, government offices and international agencies. Both properties will be located on the waterfront of the CBD and are part of the Suva waterfront redevelopment which is poised to become a premier address in Suva.
“We look forward to introducing both our flagship brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and our award-winning mid-market brand, Hilton Garden Inn, to Suva,” said Sean Wooden, Vice President, Brand Management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We believe both brands will become a leading presence in the market, meeting the needs of both business and leisure travellers.”
Wooden added, “Hilton has had some great success in Fiji already with Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa in Denarau, which opened in 2006, and DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island, which opened in 2016. The signing of these two properties in Suva are a wonderful addition to our portfolio in Fiji and really showcases our growth ambition for the region.”
The hotel will feature 120 stylish guest rooms, including five spacious suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, pool, executive lounge and one meeting room of 200 square metres.
Hilton Garden Inn Suva
The hotel will feature 178 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar and a fully equipped gym and pool. Daniel Whippy, Director, Carpenters Properties Limited, said, “We plan on replicating the success of other waterfront entertainment and commercial precincts across Asia Pacific and are thrilled to have Hilton Suva and Hilton Garden Inn Suva as the anchor hotels for this project.”
Whippy added, “The development will be the first major mixed-use waterfront development in Suva, featuring more 40,000 square metres of waterfront retail, entertainment and dining venues, as well as more than 50,000 square metres of commercial and hotel space.”
Kuna Sabaratnam, Director, Carpenters Fiji Group, said, “We have spent the last 15 years focusing on commercial and retail development, including the flagship MHCC Suva Shopping Centre and Carpenters Tower Suva. Now, with the increased popularity of Fiji as a leisure destination and the demand for additional hotel rooms in Fiji, we intend to focus on the development of hospitality assets over the next five years.”