250,000 po­ten­tial vis­i­tors lost from Zika threat

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Shangri-La’s Fi­jian Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Craig Pow­ell yes­ter­day said all stake­hold­ers needed to work to­gether to im­prove the num­bers from the 250,000 po­ten­tial vis­i­tors lost through the Zika virus threat. “I would en­cour­age peo­ple to be more proac­tive than re­ac­tive,” Mr Pow­ell said.

“It does not only fall only on busi­ness houses but on lo­cal coun­cils and the Govern­ment. “We need to elim­i­nate breed­ing sights par­tic­u­larly in flood prone area as mosquitoes breed in flood prone area where there is stag­nant water.” Mr Pow­ell was speak­ing dur­ing the Zika Aware­ness Sem­i­nar held at Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort at the De­na­rau Is­land in Nadi which was fa­cil­i­tated by the Min­istry of Health in con­junc­tion with HOTEC and Mof­fet Saloon Culi­naire. “The sem­i­nar was to in­form the pub­lic to be proac­tive and pro­vide as­sur­ance to oth­ers that Fiji is a safe desti­na­tion that we are re­spon­si­ble op­er­a­tors and work­ing closely with lo­cal gov­ern­ments and rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to tackle this se­ri­ous is­sue,” Mr Pow­ell said. “The tourism sec­tor is al­ready im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures.

“Clearly we want to at­tract vis­i­tors to our shores and we have had can­cel­la­tions as well. “What was sur­pris­ing for me to­day was to know that we have 43 con­firmed cases since Fe­bru­ary that could pos­si­bly grow if we are not care­ful about our ac­tion how to ef­fec­tively deal and cope with the sit­u­a­tion. “This is the first of many work­shops and hope the Min­istry of Health con­tin­ues to have sem­i­nars like this par­tic­u­lar when we are go­ing into cy­clone sea­son. “Min­istry of Health also has a web­site where peo­ple ex­cess in­for­ma­tion from.” Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Par­tic­i­pants at the Zika Aware­ness Sem­i­nar at the Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort, De­na­rau Is­land, Nadi.

Shangri-La’s Fi­jian Re­sort and Spa gen­eral man­ager Craig Pow­ell .

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