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Upcoming Big Tourism Awards Dubbed Inclusive

Upcoming  Big Tourism Awards Dubbed Inclusive
Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association president and ANZ FETA trustee Dixon Seeto, ANZ Fiji Country Head, Saud Minam and Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards Organising Committee Chair, Olivia Mavoa at the launch of the ANZ FIji Excellence in Tourism Awards on July 10, 2017. Photo: Monica Aguilar.
July 11
14:41 2017

More hotel and tourism businesses are expected to participate in the 21st season of the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards (FETA).

This was announced yesterday by Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association president and ANZ FETA trustee Dixon Seeto at the launch of the ANZ FETA 21st season.

Three categories of the Awards have now been redefined.

This includes the Tourism and Services category which has now called the Specialised Tourism and Service.

“We are now including private operators, individuals, spa and wellness operators, wedding and tourism event planners, suppliers and so on which covers a wider category of people,” Mr Seeto said.

“The change was not made because the previous industry players were ignored but rather, greater emphasis will be given to all players of the industry to ensure that no one is left out.

“If the requirements of the categories have a narrow definition then only certain people can and will take part and you will have the same winners which detracts from the attractiveness of the awards scheme. We are an inclusive industry and we need to include all the players,” said Mr Seeto.

Applications can be lodged online from August through FETA’s revamped website.

FMF Foods Limited managing director Ram Bajekal will head the  well-versed panel of judges.

ANZ Fiji country head Saud Minam said the basics of customer service is a major requirement to qualify for the Awards.

“It is an honour and privilege for ANZ to continue to engage in this event.

“There are a lot of awards in the market but this is the most prestigious Award in the tourism industry which has been acknowledged since it started in 1991.

“We as a bank feel proud to be a partner of this and to have great exposure in the tourism sector which we will continue to support,” said Mr Minam.

ANZ’s involvement in the major tourism industry award is to assist people and communities to thrive in tourism, said ANZ regional executive Pacific Tessa Price.

ANZ had recently launched an Innovation Challenge for University students that will be held on the 5th of August.

Ms Price said this is to help the industry overcome some barriers in the digital world that can assist in promoting the industry better.

ANZ FETA organising committee chair, Olivia Mavoa said hotels, companies or resorts that provide good customer services have been reached out to  participate in the event.

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