Starwood’s Sheraton Resort and Spa has opened a convention centre with capacity to host 1,500 seated delegates following a US$3.5m investment in Fiji. The Denarau Island Convention Centre becomes the largest event space on the island and is aiming to attract large conventions from Australasia, Asia and the USA.
The centre took six months to build and is set to host the Fijian Tourism Expo in May. “In the past, we lost business because there was no facility to hold more than 1,000 people,” said Sheraton Fiji and Samoa Area GM Shane Cunnings who reports six overseas bookings secured already. “With a capacity of 1,500 seated guests, we will aim to attract larger conventions and exhibitions to Fiji from around the world.”
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has also announced, that its largest brand is poised for record-breaking growth over the next 12 months with 35 new hotels expected to open. Nearly half of the new Sheraton hotels will open in China. Sheraton will also enter numerous new markets including Samoa, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, and return to Iraq.