Min­is­ter Koya lauds HOTEC

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The Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment will sup­port the ef­forts of agencies that bring to­gether var­i­ous sec­tors to help pro­mote and strengthen the ‘Fiji’ brand.

This was stressed by the Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya at the open­ing of the three day HOTEC tradeshow yes­ter­day. The tradeshow at the Sher­a­ton Fiji, Denarau has been or­gan­ised jointly by the Fiji Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion and Fiji Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion. Mr Koya said: “Through such train­ings and shows we aim to raise the over­all pro­file of our food and in­ject­ing a lit­tle cre­ativ­ity, con­fi­dence and Fi­jian flair will fur­ther re­fresh our lo­cal cui­sine to­gether with what we proudly show­case to our visi­tors. “I take this time to com­mend the tire­less ef­forts of the in­dus­try in pro­mot­ing Des­ti­na­tion Fiji and stamp­ing our­selves on the global map.” The tradeshow will in­clude the Mof­fat Sa­lon Culi­naire, where lo­cal chefs and baris­tas will bat­tle it out to see who will cre­ate the best.

This, Mr Koya said, will surely de­scribe Fiji’s abun­dant re­sources and pro­duce, di­vine and lus­cious cui­sine. He said the Tourism Min­istry with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture will be pi­lot­ing con­tem­po­rary is­land cui­sine train­ing for the re­sort chefs in the Ya­sawas. “We have in­vited world-renowned chef Colin Chung to share his ex­pe­ri­ence, re­search and teach­ings with our lo­cal chefs and help de­velop our culi­nary tourism niche,” Mr Koya said. “We are also work­ing to­wards hav­ing the Fiji Tourism Forum in March next year. “In the course of the next few months we will be con­duct­ing stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion on key projects the Min­istry is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing such as the Ho­tel Data Col­lec­tion Sys­tem and Tourism Master­plan.” Mr Koya added his min­istry is also work­ing on re­leas­ing the find­ings of the 2014 In­ter­na­tional Vis­i­tor Sur­vey.

This, he said will as­sist the in­dus­try in terms of un­der­stand­ing Fiji’s vis­i­tor im­pres­sions and mar­ket trends.

Both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors are a part of this tradeshow. Mr Koya also com­mended the eight tourism prop­er­ties that have scooped spe­cial awards for their lux­ury of­fer­ings and ex­cep­tional ser­vice de­liv­ery at the re­cent World Lux­ury Ho­tel Awards in Qatar. “Win­ning such ac­co­lades is a tes­ti­mony to the ser­vice we de­liver so con­grat­u­la­tions to all win­ners and I look for­ward to many more awards for the in­dus­try!”he high­lighted. Fiji Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Wong said they con­tinue to work closely with all key play­ers of the in­dus­try. “Through HOTEC it pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the ho­tel op­er­a­tors and re­lated ac­tiv­ity providers to come to­gether,” he said. Mr Wong added this will fur­ther pro­mote our brands and prod­ucts and ser­vices to mar­ket Fiji as a whole.

HOTEC

HOTEC is Fiji’s lead­ing an­nual hos­pi­tal­ity trade show which blends the best of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional food and bev­er­ages, equip­ment, sup­plies, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ser­vices and hos­pi­tal­ity tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses to en­hance the in­ter­na­tional rel­e­vance of Fiji’s hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism oper­a­tions.

This year’s ex­hi­bi­tion has a record 133 booths com­pared to 44 last year. The tradeshow will end on Fri­day.

Photo: ISAAC LAL

Fiji Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (FHTA) vice pres­i­dent Matthew Gille­spie, Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort ho­tel man­ager Ravin­dra Dh­esi, Min­is­ter for In­dus­try Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya with FHTA chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Wong at the HOTEC Tradeshow at Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort on Denarau Is­land yes­ter­day.

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