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Travel, Tour Firm Opens Warehouse

Travel, Tour Firm Opens Warehouse
From left: Rosie Holidays managing director Tony Whitton and his son Caleb ,wife Brigid and younger son Ethan with the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote on July 6,2018. Photo: Charles Chambers
July 07
14:38 2018

The newly-opened $5 million Rosie Holidays Event Warehouse has sent a clear signal to international markets that Rosie Events is serious about delivering world-class event solutions to international professional conference organisers.

This was the message delivered by the President, Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, while opening the warehouse at Namaka in Nadi yesterday.

He said this investment would provide 10 more new jobs and trial for the very first time a new cloud-based inventory management system.

“Every item in this warehouse, whether in stock or out in the field, will be tracked by an online inventory system easily assessed on any device or smart phone,” Mr Konrote said. “Such innovation and investment of this scale might be expected of a major hotel chain or international investor, but it has come from a 100 per cent Fijian company owned by the Whitton family.

“While Fiji is famous for families and honeymooners, two per cent of our total visitors to Fiji come as part of the lucrative Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (M.I.C.E) market.

“Rosie Whitton started a tour company in 1974 with her husband, Roy Whitton, with only two drivers. That venture has grown to become what is now a multi-award-winning company equipped with a range of transport services, among others.”

Mr Konrote said Rosie was the most awarded and recognised travel brand in the South Pacific and was an iconic multi-million-dollar travel group that spanned the globe, providing employment to more than 600 people. 

It is Fiji’s largest travel company and operates a diverse portfolio of tourism investments, including transportation, inbound tourism, retail travel, overseas wholesaling and hotel resort ownership and development. 

“In more than 44 years since its establishment, and true to the Fijian-made branding, the company is, impressively, still a 100 per cent Fijian-owned family business,” Mr Konrote said.

“The name is synonymous with everything that is wonderful about the brand Fiji.”

Mr Konrote said Fiji’s tourism industry contributed 30 per cent of the Fijian Gross Domestic Product, substantiating the importance of the industry to Fiji and the Fijian people.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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