IHG Hotels today announced that it has taken over the management of a historic hotel in the capital of Fiji that will become Grand Pacific Hotel Suva in 2022.
The hotel went through thorough refurbishment and reopened in 2014 (Grand Pacific Hotel originally opened in 1914).
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Here’s the announcement from IHG:
IHG has signed an agreement to take over management of one of the most famous hotels in the Pacific, Fiji’s Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, in July 2020 and rebrand it as an InterContinental by 2022.
Already the most luxurious and iconic product in Suva, the hotel will rebrand as InterContinental Grand Pacific Hotel Suva following a refurbishment It will be IHG’s third hotel in Fiji, and the second for the brand, alongside InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola Bay, which is also owned by the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
Built in 1914 and reopening on its hundredth anniversary in 2014 with contemporary colonial architecture, the stunning Grand Pacific Hotel has an incredibly rich history and has a special place in the hearts of Fijians, to the extent that an image of the hotel features on the Fijian ten dollar note. In June 1928 aviation history was made when Charles Kingsford Smith landed his “Southern Cross” Fokker monoplane on Albert Park, opposite the Grand Pacific Hotel, en route to Australia on his epic Trans Pacific flight from America, before staying at the Hotel.
It has also played host to countless celebrities, politicians and royalty over its 100 years, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has visited the hotel three times and even gave a speech at a ball in 1953 from the hotel’s balcony as part of her first tour of the Empire as Queen. More recently, it welcomed, Harry and Meghan, who visited in 2018.
Located on the main sea front on Suva’s Victoria Parade, the hotel is perfectly located to welcome Suva’s mix of leisure and business guests. It offers all-day and specialty restaurants and bars and a club lounge, as well as a 600sqm ballroom, meetings rooms, business centre, gym, swimming pool and spa.
Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Vice President, Development – Australasia, Japan & Pacific, said: “It is a great honour to take on the management of the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH). We are committed to retaining the heritage and grandeur of, while adding all the world-famous elements of InterContinental’s True Hospitality experience. When the borders re-open, GPH will be ready to welcome back all those guests who know it so well, as well as those who are so familiar with IHG and the InterContinental brand. We truly value our long-standing relationship with Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) and look forward to adding InterContinental Grand Pacific Hotel Fiji to our existing portfolio together, which includes Holiday Inn Suva and InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. We are committed to playing our part in rebuilding the tourism industry in Fiji as and when guests return to this stunning country.”
Viliame Vodonaivalu, Chief Investment Officer at FNPF, said: “The Grand Pacific Hotel is an iconic hotel and will be important to Fiji’s recovery as a tourist destination when the borders reopen. With a lower traveller footprint due to the global crisis, we are taking the opportunity to bring forward the refurbishment of this hotel, bringing it to life in a new way ready for the next era of tourism in Fiji. We have a fantastic partnership with IHG, and we recognise the need for a partner like IHG with its global footprint, powerful systems and loyal customer base that will help attract guests back to Fiji.”
InterContinental is the world’s first – and largest – international luxury travel hotel brand, with 213 hotels open worldwide. That global experience, along the IHG True Hospitality culture, will bring a new era of service to this great hotel. Additionally, the IHG Rewards Club and InterContinetnal Ambassador program will open the doors to more than 100 million IHG loyalty members worldwide, who will benefit from the extensive privileges on offer.
IHG currently has 52 hotels operating under five brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, voco, and Holiday Inn Express, with another 38 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo.*
*Numbers correct as at end 31 March 2020
When I was in Suva back in 2012 and staying at the Holiday Inn next door, I was looking at the renovation that was taking place at this specific hotel and how grandeur it would have been to stay the once ready.
I am glad that the hotel opened in 2014 (two years after my visit) and that it will become an InterContinental in 2022. When I was looking at the prices in Suva today, it seems that the Holiday Inn is more expensive than this historic hotel.
The InterContinental in Natadola Bay is a beautiful property (stayed there during the same trip). Perhaps I should plan another trip to the Pacific Islands once this Covid-19 pandemic is over.