by Matt Alderton | November 13, 2017
Fiji may be a small island nation, but it's about to get a big island resort, according to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which today announced plans to build a new Crowne Plaza hotel on Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji's archipelago. The property -- Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach -- is scheduled to open in 2020 and will be Fiji's largest hotel, according to IHG.

"As the most popular travel destination in the South Pacific, the islands of Fiji accounts for close to 40 percent of travel to the South Pacific, a figure that continues to grow annually. In 2017 alone, Fiji recorded an increase of 7.8 percent in the number of international travelers visiting the country. This strong growth potential represents a key opportunity for us to introduce the Crowne Plaza brand to Fiji," said IHG Chief Development Officer for Asia, Middle East, and Africa Rajit Sukumaran.

Located just 10 minutes from Fiji's main airport, Nadi International Airport, Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach will have 453 guest rooms; five restaurant and bar options, including a pool bar and a beach club; a 24-hour fitness center; two swimming pools; and what IHG promises will be "one of the largest conference centers in Fiji," although the company has not yet announced its size.

"As the first resort in Fiji for the brand, Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach complements IHG's existing portfolio of brands in the South Pacific, allowing us to better meet the different needs of travelers visiting Fiji," Sukumaran continued. "Guests can look forward to a truly immersive travel experience with the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach, with such vast, pristine natural beauty that Wailoaloa offers. With panoramic ocean views, we invite guests to take in the exquisite wonders of the island from the comfort of the resort, whether in their rooms or in and around the resort."