Swiss Plane Comes to Fiji dur­ing Seven-des­ti­na­tion World Tour

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Alo­cal tour op­er­a­tor brought to the coun­try its first char­tered flight from Switzer­land on Fri­day. The Swiss Edel­weiss Air Air­bus landed at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port with 154 pas­sen­gers and 17 crew on board, in­clud­ing a doc­tor and five tour guides.

The flight is on a seven-des­ti­na­tion world tour and will leave Fiji for Syd­ney to­day. All Pa­cific Travel Con­cept (APTC) Fiji Lim­ited se­cured the deal af­ter team­ing up with its part­ners to suc­cess­fully pitch Fiji as an ideal des­ti­na­tion at a re­cent global trade fair.

Th­ese flights are strate­gi­cally planned for up­mar­ket guests who can then pro­mote Fiji in their home coun­tries.

The guests are from Switzer­land, Ger­many, Czech Repub­lic, and Aus­tria.

The world tour is for 23 days.

APTC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Monika Olden­burg, said Europe was a new and emerg­ing tourism mar­ket in which her com­pany saw op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This is another his­toric mile­stone for Fiji tourism as we tap into a new mar­ket,” Ms Olden­burg said.

“It is very ex­pen­sive to come from Europe to Fiji but we hope to push for more groups to fol­low this one.

“When we make this group happy, we are send­ing a good mes­sage back to the stake­hold­ers which we work with.

“This will at­tract more busi­ness from con­ti­nen­tal Europe.”

Ms Olden­burg said guests from Europe are gen­er­ally im­pressed with Fiji.

“It is an ex­clu­sive trip for them and they have spent a lot of money to do it,” she said.

“This is also for the first time a char­tered flight com­ing from Switzer­land or from Europe to Fiji.

“Def­i­nitely we are look­ing for more tours in the fu­ture be­cause guests mostly hold pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes about Fiji.”

APTC se­cured the deal dur­ing ITB Ber­lin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, one­and-half years ago.

There, the com­pany pitched Fiji as an ideal tourist des­ti­na­tion and man­aged to con­vince their au­di­ence, Ms Olden­burg said. The flight from Switzer­land made stops in Alaska, Canada and Ja­pan be­fore com­ing to Fiji.

The next stop is Syd­ney, Sin­ga­pore, Mau­ri­tius and Dubai be­fore re­turn­ing home.

Guest re­ac­tions

Guests were in a good mood when they dis­em­barked at Nadi In­ter­na­tional around 10PM.

They were ac­corded a colour­ful Fi­jian wel­come, filled with dance and mu­sic.

Brigitte Siber, a doc­tor for Nat­u­ral Medicine in Switzer­land, said: “The wel­come was fan­tas­tic and we have never ex­pe­ri­enced this be­fore.

“I like Fiji’s cli­mate and the re­laxed mood here. It is a stark dif­fer­ence from the cold weather we have in Switzer­land.” Ger­man in­ter­na­tional Si­grist Hans-Peter said he was ex­cited to see what Fiji had to of­fer.

Another pas­sen­ger, Heinz We­ber, said Fiji was fast be­com­ing a pop­u­lar holiday spot for the Swiss.

“Fiji has very good rep­u­ta­tion with Switzer­land.

“It is lo­cated in the South Seas, has nice beaches, nice peo­ple and nice weather com­pared to the cold of Europe.”

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Si­grist Hans-Peter with tra­di­tional Fi­jian war­riors Ki­tione Nawaite (left) and Epeli Kati­sawani af­ter dis­em­bark­ing from the Edel­weiss Air char­tered air­craft at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Septem­ber 13, 2018.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Pas­sen­ger Brigitte Siber with tra­di­tional Fi­jian war­riors Ki­tione Nawaite (left) and Epeli Kati­sawani af­ter dis­em­bark­ing from the Edel­weiss Air char­tered air­craft at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Septem­ber 13, 2018.

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