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Dive Packages High Yield

Dive Packages High Yield
Castaway Island Resort Sales and Marketing manager Meli Titoko and buyes Wu Yi and Amanda Lam at the Dive Expo 2018 at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau yesterday. Photo:WAISEA NASOKIA
March 12
12:09 2018

A dive package brings in a high yield and is good income for Fiji, says a resort director.

Nick Darling, managing director of Volivoli Beach Resort, said when people book in at dive packages, the diving portion alone is roughly 30 to 35 per cent of the total value of the whole package.

“So it’s a high yield, its good money and scuba divers… because they travel with big equipment, including underwater video and still cameras,” Mr Darling said.

“And by filming underwater, they in turn take amazing footage of Fiji’s reefs and this is used all over the world promoting the country for us.”

Mr Darling was at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Friday for the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association Dive Expo.

This showcased the country’s top dive spots to visiting travel agents from around the world.

“Underwater photography has brought a lot more children to dive; with the price of underwater equipment everybody can afford it,” he said.

“Fiji Dive Expo is a trade forum where we bring together all the sellers and all the dive operators of resorts into one room with the buyers.

Nick Darling (right) of Volivoli Beach Resort during the 2018 Dive Expo at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau.  Photo: Tourism Fiji.

Nick Darling (right) of Volivoli Beach Resort during the 2018 Dive Expo at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau. Photo: Tourism Fiji.

“We have buyers currently this year from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

“If we get a travel agent specific to scuba diving and someone contacts them they don’t do regular travel family getaway or anything of that so we are specifically looking for diver travels.”

Mr Darling said the travel agents had expeditions at Volivoli Beach Resort and Pacific Harbour where they dived with the bull sharks.

Follwing the expedition, the divers travel to Nadi for the expo where they are given a chance to share their experinces.

“We can’t wait for them to let the people in their countries experience Fiji and how good the diving is and remember how lovely the Fijian people are.”

Mr Darling said Fiji was known for bull sharks which have a historical signigicance.

He said the country was lucky that there had not been many catastrophes that could have caused a lot damage to the reefs.

“Our reef systems are protected even though we are seeing a lot of effects of climate change where a lot of warm water can damage the corals.

“Sometimes they (tourists) forget how good the diving is here; so it’s important that we bring them back year after year,” Mr Darling said.

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