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This is Fiji; we do ev­ery­thing dif­fer­ently and cre­ate his­tory says Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya. The Fiji Sun team ap­proached Mr Koya in his re­sponse to the tourism sec­tor af­ter the Rugby 7s team won its first Rio Olympic Gold medal. Mr Koya said it was a great op­por­tu­nity to show the world that “our big­gest as­set is our peo­ple any­where we go”. “We may be a small coun­try but we have proven we can make his­tory and make our­selves known in the world. “Now the world will look at the win and say I want to go to this won­der­ful place, too,” Mr Koya said.

On Fri­day, Google on Twit­ter said: “Fiji is the #1 trend­ing search in the world as their rugby team wins the coun­try’s first medal.” He said break­ing a search en­gine record was a huge. “Just be­cause of our boys, we are known in the world more than just a small dot in the map. “This was a great op­por­tu­nity for the tourism in­dus­try as well as it gives a big mar­ket­ing im­age it­self. “The fact that it was the Rio Olympics 2016 win, it is huge for us as the min­istry and world­wide view­er­ship,” he said. He said that our boys’ hard work made Fiji gain more re­spect in the world. “The game it­self earned us re­spect but even af­ter the game, the re­spect that was given to the dig­ni­taries that were pre­sent­ing the medals and the song that was sung was just phe­nom­e­nal. “The spirit of Fiji on Fri­day was one of the best sights as peo­ple en­joyed, sang and danced in ev­ery cor­ner of our coun­try.” He said in terms of mar­ket­ing, it was beyond be­lief for Fiji. “We will have an in­crease in num­ber of vis­i­tors to Fiji and be­cause of that, we will rise and shine,” Mr Koya said. He said we are known and we are recog­nised in the world to be the num­ber one rugby team in the world. “A big vinaka vakalevu to Ben Ryan and the boys who worked hard to prove every­one how we Fi­jians work and the sup­port­ers here who never stopped cheer­ing for our best team,” Mr Koya said. Edited by Maraia Vula

Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya.

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