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89-year-old Indo-Fijian Hotel industry pioneer and tycoon passes away

The late Mr Reddy served as the national president of TISI Sangam, one of Fiji’s largest socio-educational and cultural organizations.

By MONIKA SINGH

Reddy Group chairman Yanktesh Permal Reddy passed away in Auckland, New Zealand on the morning of 4 January 2024.

Fondly known as YP Reddy, the 89-year-old was the founder of Reddy Group which began as a small construction company in 1947 and now includes Tanoa Group of Hotels in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

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Image: Reddy Group chairman Yanktesh Permal Reddy who passed away in Auckland, New Zealand. Picture: SUPPLIED

The late Mr Reddy was described as a man of vision, integrity and spirit by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Viliame Gavoka in his condolence message.

“I have had the greatest privilege of knowing him. He was an industry pioneer – who in many ways – shaped the industry and the Fijian business community. Today, we remember his life and his achievements.”

Mr Gavoka added:

“May his soul rest in peace and our prayers give strength to the bereaved family.”

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image: Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel. Tanoa Hotel Group is part of Reddy Group, one of the Pacific’s most well-respected businesses. Picture: SUPPLIED

The late Mr Reddy served as the national president of TISI Sangam, one of Fiji’s largest socio-educational and cultural organizations.

He was also a life member of the Fiji Hotel Association and in 2000, received the lifetime achievement in excellence award for tourism in Fiji.

This news piece was first published in Wansolwara and has been republished here with the kind permission of the editor(s).

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