Minister Koya lauds HOTEC
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 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.
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.