The suc­cess and suc­cess of Tourism

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Post Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston, our tourism in­dus­try has once again proved its re­silience. And, it has proven again that tourism is the num­ber one in­dus­try in Fiji.

In the first quar­ter of 2016, which is dur­ing the time when we were pick­ing up the pieces fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion left be­hind by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston, we re­ceived a to­tal of 158,069 vis­i­tors. This is an in­crease of 10.2 per cent com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama re­vealed these fig­ures yes­ter­day while open­ing the Fi­jian Tourism Expo at De­na­rau.

Our March visi­tor ar­rivals alone to­talled 55,977, up 9.7 per cent from the same pe­riod last year. As Mr Bainia­ma­rama pointed out, far from be­ing down in the wake of Cy­clone Win­ston, our ar­rivals have ac­tu­ally gone up. And we are set for another bumper year for tourism, both in num­bers and earn­ings.

This con­tin­u­ing in­crease in visi­tor ar­rival is a tes­ti­mony of the faith vis­i­tors have in Fiji, know­ing that while the coun­try bounces back from ma­jor nat­u­ral catas­tro­phe, vis­i­tors will get the best pos­si­ble ser­vice. And the abil­ity of Team Fiji to bounce back quickly by work­ing to­gether.

Fiji was open for busi­ness and our hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try did not dis­ap­point. Credit needs to be given to Fiji Air­ways, Tourism Fiji and of course Govern­ment for en­sur­ing that de­spite this ma­jor nat­u­ral dis­as­ter com­ing to­gether and en­sur­ing that no visi­tor re­turns from Fiji dis­ap­pointed. A Fi­jian tourism suc­cess. Again.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama (right), at the 2016 Fiji Tourism Expo at De­na­rau, Nadi. Also pic­tured are Per­ma­ment Sec­re­tary for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali (left), and Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya.

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