Need to Re­think Way We Op­er­ate, says Dixon Seeto

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Over 119,000 Fi­jians are em­ployed by the tourism in­dus­try both di­rect and in­di­rectly, con­tribut­ing to 40 per cent of Fiji’s GDP. There is a need to re­think the way we op­er­ate to ad­dress is­sues on sus­tain­abil­ity. This was em­pha­sised by Fiji Is­lands Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Dixon Seeto dur­ing the Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion’s 10th Cor­po­rate Phi­lan­thropy Sem­i­nar on Thurs­day evening at Hil­ton Re­sort on De­na­rau

Mr Seeto said his main agenda dur­ing the sem­i­nar was re­volved around tourism sus­tain­abil­ity through which they aim to achieve max­i­mum yield by the year 2021.

“This sem­i­nar is chal­leng­ing us all of us, co-op­er­ate movers and shak­ers, to­gether with com­mu­nity reps, we may be awake in our jobs but we need to more cre­ative in­no­va­tive, re­silient and sus­cep­ti­ble to change,” he said.

“Fiji’s tourism in­dus­try is equally op­ti­mistic in try­ing to achieve through the Tourism Fiji de­vel­op­ment plan which hopes to earn $2.2 bil­lion by the year 2021 and we are on track for that.” He said: “The over­ar­ch­ing fo­cus for Fiji’s tourism in 2021 is to max­imise yield while achiev­ing a sus­tain­able growth rate also in­creas­ing the value that tourism bring to Fiji.”

Tourism is a cat­a­lyst for pos­i­tive change, he said, and is the best plat­form for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. He added that with the im­mense com­pe­ti­tion from other coun­tries specif­i­cally Asia this re­quires more cre­ative and in­clu­sive ap­proaches from all cor­po­rate en­ti­ties.

“Given the im­mense com­pe­ti­tion through­out the world spe­cially Asia. Tourism by far is the best plat­form for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and can spread eas­ily through­out Fiji,” he said.

“Greater co-or­di­na­tion and part­ner­ship is also en­cour­aged as visi­tors ar­rival grow, tourism de­vel­op­ment will re­quire greater de­vel­op­ment from stake­hold­ers to en­sure that the po­ten­tial of this sec­tor is op­ti­mised.”

Given the im­mense com­pe­ti­tion through­out the world spe­cially Asia, Tourism by far is the best plat­form for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and can spread eas­ily through­out Fiji. Dixon Seeto Fiji Is­lands Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent.

Mr Seeto said his main agenda dur­ing the sem­i­nar was re­volved around tourism sus­tain­abil­ity through which they aim to achieve max­i­mum yield by the year 2021, which they are on track.

Photo: Karalaini Tavi

Par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion’s 10th Cor­po­rate Phi­lan­thropy Sem­i­nar at the Hil­ton Re­sort and Spa on De­na­rau on Septem­ber 14, 2017.

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