Fiji-born Andrew Thomson is the EXTREME hotels and resorts advisor.
Andrew has over 50 years experience as an international hotelier, and as the Director of Pacific Nexus, consultants to many global ventures, he has vast experience in the development of hotel and tourism projects, including the prestigious 25 villa Laucala Island Resort in the Fiji Islands.
Recently he has been Lisbon-based Project Director of Real Holdings International, planning resort and residence developments in north eastern Brazil, including a planned Aman at Duas Barras in Alagoas State.
Prior to this, Andrew was based in Singapore where he was Aman Managing Director and Director of Operations, from 1998 to 2013.
During his 15 years as a Director of Aman the luxury group grew to 27 hotels world-wide.
Since 1966 Andrew has held directorships and management positions in the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, and South East Asia.
As General Manager of the renowned Regent International Hotels group ( later Four Seasons Hotels ) Andrew was responsible for project management and the openings of The Regent of Sydney, ( now Four Seasons ) Hawaii’s famous Halekulani Hotel, the Regent of Auckland, the Regent of Fiji, and was the founding CEO for the development and management of Fiji’s bench-mark 8-hotel Denarau Island Resort, Golf Course and Port-Marina.
Prior to Regent, Andrew was General Manager of the Shangri-la Fijian Resort, and held senior positions with Rockresorts in the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.
Andrew has held numerous tourism and airline industry positions, including serving on the Boards of Air Pacific ( later Fiji Airways ), the Fiji Trade and Investment Board, 54 Aman-related companies, and various tourism and hotel associations in New Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji, and Australia.
A rugby player, he was President and a player with Fiji’s champion Nadroga Rugby Union from 1976 to 1982, a National Selector and Manager of Fiji Rugby teams from 1989 to 1997, and was Chairman of Fiji Sevens from 1993 to 1997, when Fiji won the Rugby Sevens World Cup.
For his services to the Tourism Industry and Fiji Rugby, Andrew was recently awarded the Order of Fiji.