Fair, says Hop­good

Fiji Sun - - 2016-17 National Budget - WAISEA NASOKIA NADI Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort Gen­eral Man­ager Peter Hop­good said the Na­tional Bud­get 2016-2017 an­nounce­ment was fair.

“Over­all a fair bud­get. Great to see the fund­ing be­ing al­lo­cated to health, ed­u­ca­tion and the Po­lice Force,” Mr Hop­good said. He said he was de­lighted with the in­crease in fund­ing for Tourism Fiji and at the same time re­lieved that there was no in­crease in taxes levied to tourists. Shangri-La’s Fi­jian Re­sort and Spa, Gen­eral Man­ager Craig Powell said the plight of hote­liers and stake­hold­ers in the tourism in­dus­try had been ad­dressed but it re­mains to be seen if there was any pos­i­tiv­ity for re­cov­ery. McDon­alds Fiji Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Marc McEl­rath said over­all, one could say the bud­get had no ma­jor sur­prises to the re­lief of many. “Eco­nomic growth will be very im­por­tant and the gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­ity and sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in health, in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing, wa­ter and en­ergy will bode well for the na­tion as a whole,” said Mr McEl­rath. “The con­tin­u­ance of a sta­ble tax struc­ture by the gov­ern­ment will give ex­ist­ing busi­ness and new in­vestors’ con­fi­dence in the coun­try go­ing for­ward.”

Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Peter Hop­good.

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