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Minister For Economy Urges Tourism Sector Not To ‘Close Gates’ To Fijians When Borders Open Again

Speaking at the Post Budget discussion organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said he had received a host of complaints from Fijians returning from abroad, who claimed they were turned away from hotels because they were Fijians.
27 Jul 2020 10:42
Minister For Economy Urges Tourism Sector Not To  ‘Close Gates’ To Fijians When Borders Open Again
From left, French ambassador to Fiji, Jean-François Fitou, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Commerce, Trade and Tourism minister Faiaz Koya and dignitaries at the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s post budget discussion in Suva.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called for a change in the thinking of the tourism sector in Fiji.

Speaking at the Post Budget discussion organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said he had received a host of complaints from Fijians returning from abroad, who claimed they were turned away from hotels because they were Fijians.

“That’s not right,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in Suva.

He said day guests, with intentions of having a coffee or lunch at a resort, were not allowed in because they were Fijians.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he hoped Fijians were not treated indifferently when the international borders reopened to allow international tourists.

“When the borders open up, please don’t close the gate to Fijians,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“They are also a source of income.

“I hope this will change the thinking of the tourism sector in Fiji.

“Ordinary Fijians who could not afford to go on a holiday are now going to resorts.”

Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji general manager Logan Miller said: “As much as we were looking at domestic tourism, we certainly hope we open up to our Pacific neighbours.”

He said tourism turned on its head through Tourism Fiji’s Love Our Locals campaign because for so long the industry-focused internationally.

Mr Miller said some of the uncertainty hinged on what the international market would do.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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