FHTA Pays Tribute to an Industry Icon

FHTA Pays Tribute to an Industry Icon

FHTA 4 July 2022 – The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) is extremely saddened to hear that an industry icon, Mr Hafizud Dean Khan has passed away.

Mr Khan was the founder and chairman of the Hexagon Group of Companies which includes their hotel properties; Hexagon International Hotel Villas & Spa, Grand West’s Villas, Suva Motor Inn and Yadua Bay Resort.

He was extremely active in his capacity as an FHTA Board Director from 1997 to 2004 during which he also served as FHTA President from 2000 to 2004.

Mr Khan was later declared an Honorary Life Member of the Association and had remained connected as well as always avidly interested in FHTA’s strategic and corporate plans.

He spent almost 25 years helping to shape the tourism industry in Fiji with other industry icons like Dixon Seeto, Dick Smith & Dan Costello through working with the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association.

FHTA CEO, Fantasha Lockington says that “Hafiz was a prominent leader and an inspiration to the industry. As a proud local hotel owner, he fought hard for the recognition of tourism as a key economic contributor in Fiji and built a recognised family brand of hotels as a legacy that will endure.”

He received a Medal of the Order of Fiji and the Fiji 50th Anniversary of Independence commemorative medal as noble recognition for his service to Fiji and its people.

The Board and Secretariat of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association convey their deepest and sincerest sympathies to his family.