Vara Natuilagilagi has recently been appointed to the role of Business Development Manager - MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference & Events) and will be responsible for the daily management of the MICE and Weddings sales team and to generate new business for the resort. She has been with the Resort since 2011 and has held roles in Marketing and recently Business Development Manager (BDM) – Leisure.
“I am thrilled to take on this new challenge,” says Ms. Natuilagilagi. “This role is a pivotal one and I’m looking forward to driving results in the MICE markets for the resort and continuing my journey here at IHG.”
Recent developments in the Marketing side has seen Florence Law, who joined the team in December 2013 as Sales & Marketing Coordinator, supporting the resort’s marketing efforts both within the organization and externally over the past few months. Ms. Law will now commence the role of Marketing & E-commerce Coordinator where she will specialize in marketing strategies to improve the resorts digital marketing efforts in addition to her current responsibilities.
“The past few months have been a great learning curve for me,” says Ms. Law. “I look forward to this new challenge and working closely with Director of Leisure Sales & Marketing, Hudson Mitchell, to generate awareness and business online – a key priority for InterContinental Fiji.”
The InterContinental Fiji weddings team also recently welcomed Vaiete Teannaki as Conference & Weddings Coordinator; following the appointment of Jane Madden-Lesavua to Business Development Executive (BDE) – Weddings.
Ms. Teannaki rejoined the team after her stint in 2014 as an intern from the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of the South Pacific (USP). Her new role is to provide administrative and service support for wedding clients and attend to the delivery of clients’ requests prior, during and following their events.
“2014 was an enlightening year where I experienced cross-training across the resort,” says Ms. Teannaki. “Event management has always been a personal interest of mine and I’m anticipating an exciting year ahead in this dynamic team.”
Ms. Madden-Lesavua has been with the resort since 2009 starting as a Guest Service Agent and then a Club InterContinental Butler. She joined the Weddings team in 2012 and has run many successful weddings since. As BDE – Weddings, Ms. Madden-Lesavua will be responsible for driving the weddings segment as well as overall management of wedding events.
“It’s rewarding to see my efforts recognized and to move into a new role,” states Ms. Madden-Lesavua. “I already have plans in the pipeline and can’t wait to continue to grow in my career and work with the outstanding team to make our guest experiences more memorable!”
With a team committed to excellence, the weddings team aims to take the resort’s wedding market for the global brand to greater heights and continuing to distinguish themselves as the best weddings team in not only Fiji, but the international scene as well.
“We are very fortunate to have a wealth of local talent here in our Sales & Marketing team,” adds Area Director of Sales & Marketing (Fiji/Vanuatu), Kamal Haer. “We have ambitious plans in 2015 and beyond and we can only be successful if we have a team as passionate and dedicated as the one at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. It gives me a lot of personal satisfaction when we are able to promote people from within our organisation to these important roles - it demonstrates the depth of talent that we have.”
‘Room to Grow’ IHG supports and develops their people to pursue significant careers. This is achieved through personal development plans, structured learning, on-the-job reviews, and the IHG job referral program.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa overlooks the azure waters of Natadola Beach – voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world, and Fiji’s finest beach. Spread across 35 acres of tropical gardens, the resort offers all of the facilities and services expected of luxury international resort.
Pictured: Business Development Manager MICE Vara Natuilagilagi