Marriott International Fiji Hotels and Associates Awarded at the 2020 HM Awards

Marriott International Fiji Hotels and Associates Awarded at the 2020 HM Awards

Nadi 2 December 2020 – Marriott International Resorts in Fiji are proud winners of five prestigious awards at the 2020 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence held in Sydney on 27th November 2020. Five of these prominent awards were secured by three of the Marriott International properties in Fiji – Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Sheraton Fiji Resort and the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa with a number of highly commended mentions.

The HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, are the leading industry awards in the region which recognizes and celebrates the best properties, departments, people, chains and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Each year, more than 1,500 nominations are assessed to determine more than 41 category winners.

“We are extremely thrilled to be recognized and awarded for a number of outstanding accolades at the 2020 HM Awards. The recognition is a true reflection of the resilience of the people of Fiji, our associates, our leadership team and my colleagues in the industry who have all shown great generosity of spirit,” commented Multi property Vice President – Fiji and Samoa – Marriott International and General Manager – Sheraton and Westin Resorts, Fiji Neeraj Chadha. “These awards are an endorsement and celebration of the remarkable services provided by our associate’s every day, whether it be as a chef in the back of the house or at the front desk to make every guest experience more memorable.”

The “Solia Lesu” program by Marriott International was among the list of awards achieved by Marriott International Fiji for Service to the Community.  The recognition was a great accomplishment as the foundation was established during the pandemic to elevate the challenges faced by the Marriott associates.

There was an urgent need of support for our associates and wider community and am proud to be part of the leadership team who recognized and dug into their own pockets while they were themselves impacted to start immediate support with meals. This program has since gained momentum and we will continue to deliver support through rations, meals and educational program sponsorships,” says Neeraj Chadha

Our Winners:

  • SOUTH PACIFIC GENERAL MANAGER – Neeraj Chadha, Marriott International Fiji & Samoa
  • FIJIAN PROPERTY OF THE YEAR – Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
  • SALES & MARKETING ASSOCIATE – Javed Shameem, Marriott International Fiji & Samoa
  • HOTEL ENGINEER – Paul Raju, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
  • SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – Marriott International Hotels in Fiji for Solia Lesu Program

Highly Commended:

  • Hotel Chef: Sefanaia Vakacokasai – The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa, Fiji

Our other finalists include:

    Christian Knecht, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Fiji
    Sefanaia Vakacokasai, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
    Farrah Shazleen, Marriott International Fiji

    Atul Choudhary, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Fiji
    Faizee Ali, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Fiji
    Juan Munoz Panos, Marriott International Fiji and Samoa
    Muni Pillay, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Fiji
    Fiona Sinclair, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Fiji

Nominations for individuals and businesses across the hospitality industry in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific put forward their best and brightest stars for recognition at the 2020 HM Awards, presented by Sealy Posturepedic. Hundreds of nominees then contest over 41 categories in 2020, with individual gongs honouring the best performing Hotel Chef, Bartender, Restaurant, Concierge and many more.

The awards recognize the best in each market segment and will be awarded, as well as recognition for hotels displaying excellent Service to the Community, MICE capability, among others. Entries are submitted at For more information click here