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Friday, December 21, 2012

Everything ship shape in Fiji as families sun themselves by the pool after Cyclone Evan


Guest relaxing at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on 20 December
– just days after Tropical Cyclone Evan tore through the island
It's hard to believe, but just days after Tropical Cyclone Evan tore through Fiji, guests at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa are already lounging by the pool and enjoying cocktails in the sunshine. While some windows, shutters and lights were damaged, the main buildings are fine and already business is pretty much back to normal. Most of the damage at the resort was to foliage and for 48 hours the resort lost electricity but thanks to its twin generators was able to keep power running throughout the emergency. Guests praised the efforts of staff to ensure they were kept safe and comfortable throughout the rain and winds that swept the resort and while some guests chose to leave Fiji early, those who stayed on have already been rewarded with blue skies and sunshine.

Adam Laker, General Manager of the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa praised his staff for their quick action in cleaning up the resort in the wake of the storm.

"It is particularly pleasing to see, in difficult times such as this, our teams pull together to ensure the safety of our guests and to have everyone pitching in to do their bit to restore normality as quickly as possible," he said. "We made sure to keep our guests constantly informed of what was happening with the storm and now that it has passed we hope people will continue to holiday in Fiji to help the island recover.

"It is unfortunate that Cylone Evan hit at one of our busiest times of the year, but we are ready to welcome all those guests who have decided to continue on with their holiday plans and we will do all we can to ensure they enjoy the best possible time here."

The Sofitel is one of four Accor hotels in Fiji – with the Novotel Nadi, Mercure Nadi and Novotel Suva suffering mainly superficial damage and all back to business as usual. The Novotel Nadi suffered the worst damage due to fallen trees, but even so more than 80% of rooms are back in operation and on the whole, all General Managers have reported that, despite some mess, things are back to normal.
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