BID TO SPREAD FIJI’S TOURISM DOL­LAR

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Pa­cific Des­ti­na­tions Fiji con­tin­ues to spread the tourism dol­lar fur­ther to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

This is after it an­nounced and launched its new deluxe air­port ar­rival concierge ser­vices for their pre­booked visi­tors to Fiji with a tra­di­tional iri (hand fan) and

masi and vau lei.

Th­ese items are both hand wo­ven by lo­cal women groups through Rise Beyond the Reef and Daku vil­lage in Tailevu re­spec­tively. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, James Sowane said it is a proud moment for the com­pany to spread the tourism dol­lar fur­ther to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties who have com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing bulk sup­plies of their hand­i­craft. He said: “Our hand-wo­ven

iri and lei will be a unique as­pect of our air­port wel­come ex­pe­ri­ence as it car­ries an au­then­tic story of sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity busi­nesses that are driven by hard work­ing women of Daku vil­lage plus the var­i­ous vil­lages that work with Rise Beyond the Reef.” Mr Sowane added that the new iri and lei ser­vice has com­menced since Septem­ber 1 and it re­places the flo­ral lei op­tion.

“Flo­ral leis have been the tra­di­tional choice of the past years; how­ever, it has its own chal­lenges with sea­son­al­ity of flow­ers which af­fects con­sis­tency of stan­dards,” he said.

“Th­ese new leis and fans will not wither and can be taken back home by our visi­tors as a fond re­minder of their Fiji hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence.” Waisea Na­sokia

The items in the deluxe air­port ar­rival concierge

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