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Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort first to celebrate Founders Day


Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort staff pay tribute to Founders Day; General Manager Peter Hopgood with young guests Blake and Jayden and Outrigger musicians with Robert and Kerrie Daniels and grandchildren


BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s unique location near the International Date Line made it the first property to join in Outrigger’s worldwide Founders Day celebrations on Sept. 29.

As the sun crossed the six time zones where Outrigger Resorts are located, each property celebrated the 68th anniversary of when Outrigger Hotels and Resorts’ founders, Roy and Estelle Kelley, opened their first hotel in Waikiki in 1947.

At the time, the five-story, 50-room Islander Hotel on Seaside Avenue was the first new hotel to be built in Waikiki since the construction of the Royal Hawaiian hotel 20 years earlier.

Today Outrigger Enterprises Group operates 40 properties in Hawaii, Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Hosts at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort celebrated Outrigger Founders Day with ice cream, cake and games while guests enjoyed a cocktail party hosted by the resort’s management team at the Vahavu swimming pool.

General Manager Peter Hopgood said Roy and Estelle’s favorite food for celebrations was Champagne, ice cream and cake and that it was fitting that hosts and guests at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort honored them in similar style.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort opened in October 2000 and in the 2015 TripAdvisor Awards was named Number One family resort in the South Pacific.