Down­ton wants more ac­tiv­ity on Co­ral Coast

Fiji Sun - - 2016-17 National Budget - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI NADI Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­

The gen­eral man­ager of War­wick Fiji Brad Down­ton has called for more ac­tiv­i­ties on Co­ral Coast to bet­ter pro­mote tourism. Dur­ing the Tourism Fiji’s Talanoa Road show at Outrig­ger on the La­goon Beach Re­sort and Spa, yes­ter­day, Mr Down­ton re­minded the stake­hold­ers that not only De­na­rau but Co­ral Coast had much to of­fer tourists. “We are look­ing at try­ing to press upon Tourism Fiji that De­na­rau is not the only des­ti­na­tion here in Fiji. What we are try­ing to do is try­ing to get a lot more aware­ness to the Co­ral Coast be­cause Co­ral Coast has so much to of­fer, but FTE and many other op­por­tu­ni­ties are go­ing to De­na­rau.” He said that he and oth­ers op­er­at­ing along the Co­ral Coast were try­ing to get Tourism Fiji into en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and to as­sist Co­ral Coast as a des­ti­na­tion. “They’ve got De­na­rau cov­ered, so we just need a bit more fo­cus on the Co­ral Coast.” The Road show saw a num­ber of hote­liers and re­sort man­agers come to dis­cuss their is­sues and to con­vey their mes­sages to Tourism Fiji rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Mr Down­ton said part of the dis­cus­sions was to get an up­date on the new­com­ers at Tourism Fiji, to get to know their names and be up­dated. Mean­while, the re­sort man­ager of Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort, Rus­sell Blaik, said the meet­ing was good as the turnout of the Co­ral Coast mem­bers and stake­hold­ers were good. “There has been a cer­tain de­cline in the num­ber of tourists in our area this year, so we have had dis­cus­sions in re­gards to that,” Mr Blaik said.

Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

War­wick gen­eral man­ager Brad Down­ton.

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