No Rush to Ap­point New FHTA Pres­i­dent

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The Fiji Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (FHTA) says there is no rush to ap­point its new FHTA pres­i­dent.

In an interview, FHTA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Fan­tasha Lock­ing­ton said: “There are no im­me­di­ate plans to re­place the late Fiji Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Dixon Seeto be­cause he had just been ap­pointed in June. “Mr Seeto was reap­pointed un­op­posed, as pres­i­dent of FHTA, dur­ing the FHTA An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing on the June 14 in Nadi. The FHTA ap­point­ment is for a year.”

Board state­ment

In a state­ment the FHTA board said: “FHTA is gov­erned by its Ar­ti­cles of As­so­ci­a­tion and cur­rently has 15 board mem­bers in­clud­ing two Vice Pres­i­dents, a Trea­surer and an Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

“The Board also has ev­ery con­fi­dence in its very ca­pa­ble CEO and the en­tire Sec­re­tariat team to con­tinue to fa­cil­i­tate the day to day op­er­a­tions of the As­so­ci­a­tion and as­sist our mem­bers.

“Dixon is ir­re­place­able. FHTA will how­ever make suit­able arrangemen­ts to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion into the fu­ture.

“The board will make an an­nounce­ment in due course.

For the past 16 years Mr Seeto has been a trusted leader in what can be a highly com­pet­i­tive and tran­sient en­vi­ron­ment.

With the in­creas­ing in­flu­ence of the in­ter­na­tional brands here more and more of the ho­tel lead­ers are from the in­ter­na­tional groups. Mr Seeto passed away on July 19, at Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia. He had been flown there af­ter a road ac­ci­dent in Fiji.

The late Dixon Seeto

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