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Planting Trees At Special School To Mark International Year Of Sustainable Tourism

Planting Trees At  Special School To Mark  International Year Of Sustainable Tourism
Tourism Fiji CEO Matthew Stoeckel (middle) surrounded by his staff and Nadi Special School head teacher Reena Devi on September 27, 2017. Photo: Tourism Fiji
September 28
11:00 2017

Tourism Fiji yesterday gave 30 young trees to teachers and management of Nadi Special School to mark World Tourism Day.

The trees were planted in the school grounds later in the afternoon.

Tourism Fiji chief executive Matthew Stoeckel while leading 18 staff to plant the trees at the school  said it was  a rewarding activity.

This was done in support of the Ministry of Industry & Trade and Tourism’s tree-planting initiative to encourage sustainable tourism development; the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day.

The 30 trees were of different species including yasi or sandalwood, mahogany and lemon trees.

Nadi Special School head teacher Reena Devi said: “We were so surprised to have been chosen because most of the time these events occur at other more prominent schools and these children are forgotten. These trees will also be an asset to the school in the future to help improve facilities and we’re so thankful for this.”

“This year is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and bearing that in mind, we are happy to support the Government’s initiative to highlight this event as well as contribute to the school.” Mr Stoeckel said.

Meanwhile members of the public are invited  to join the celebrations on Saturday at the World Tourism Day Fair at Sukuna Park, Suva from 10am to 4pm.

Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Koya will officiate the programme and announce the number of trees that were planted across Fiji on World Tourism Day.


Tourism Fiji is the marketing arm of Government and is responsible for promoting Fiji as “the go to destination” to the world. Tourism Fiji has four offices in Australia, New Zealand, UK, North America and representatives in India and Singapore. The headquarters for the organisation is located in Namaka, Nadi and operates on a 30-member staff base.



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