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Eden humble In Victory

The 2014 election results reflect a hunger for change, says Savusavu Hotsprings Hotel owner, Lorna Eden. Mrs Eden secured her spot in the new Fijian Parliament on a FijiFirst ticket.
24 Sep 2014 10:17
Eden humble In Victory

The 2014 election results reflect a hunger for change, says Savusavu Hotsprings Hotel owner, Lorna Eden.

Mrs Eden secured her spot in the new Fijian Parliament on a FijiFirst ticket.

The popular tourism operator says the entire election process was a ‘humbling experience’ for her.

“It has been a humbling experience for me that so many of my fellow Fijians have embraced the inclusive policies of FijiFirst,” Mrs Eden said.

“That so many Fijians have entrusted me to serve them in Parliament, to have me articulate their views and I promise to serve to the best of my ability toward the national good of all Fijians.”

She says, fundamentally, Fiji was on the right track and better days lay ahead and all should work together for better Fiji.

“I have seen the various developments and positive changes the Bainimarama Government has done so I was extremely proud to be a part of this change to help improve the lives of all Fijians.”

Born in Suva, she is married to pilot Tim Eden and they have three children together.

For the past 34 years she had been involved in aviation and hospitality related activities – even running her own airline for a few years – Charter Pacific Ltd.

Her father was a former engineering manager with Fiji Airways formerly known as Air Pacific, and her mother owned the Sky Tour business at Nausori Airport.

“My sister and I started off as flight attendants, and I moved on to Qantas Airways then back to Fiji joining the hotel industry starting with Wakaya Island Resort,” Mrs Eden said.

One of her brothers was an aircraft engineer and the other three and an uncle are pilots.

“My husband is also a pilot by profession so we probably have aircraft fuel in our veins,” Mrs Eden said.

She had served several terms on the Boards of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA), Tourism Fiji and also chaired Savusavu Tourism Association (STA) over the years.

Since 1996 she had been immersed in running the Savusavu Hotspring Hotel and focused on developing Savusavu into a tourism destination.

When she was approached by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to serve Fiji and its people; she had a long discussion with her husband on the matter.

She was thankful for her husband, family, friends and all supporters for entrusting in her.

She said with her vast experience, she would like to continue contributing towards the tourism industry and civil aviation.

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