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Musket Cove Owners Show Faith In Govt

The owners of the four star Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina on Malolo Lailai say they are investing because they have faith in the Bainimarama Government. Yesterday marked another
13 Jun 2015 12:15
Musket Cove Owners Show Faith In Govt

The owners of the four star Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina on Malolo Lailai say they are investing because they have faith in the Bainimarama Government.

Yesterday marked another milestone with the opening of the $5 million investment of the The Trader complex, replacing the old one which was burnt to the ground in April 2013 in a lighting strike.

Musket Cove director Josephine Smith-Moffat said: “We thank the Bainimarama government for their ongoing support provided to the industry which has given us as Fijian business the confidence to invest heavily in improving and expanding our product.

“This is an exciting new step for Musket Cove as over two years we were awoken in the middle of the night when a freak lightning bolt hit our general store and cafe, three hours the entire building had burned to the ground.”

She said the new cafe, boutique, general store and reception would have locally made products, including “our own fruit, vegetables and honey.”

“This has been a single largest project we’ve undertaken to date, and bittersweet, because I would have loved Dad to see it. The grocery store will serve not only for the resort guest but for two villages – Yaro and Solevu and the Musket Cove Yacht Club,” she said.

General manager Gary Snodgrass said: “The new complex had made them very excited about this development and it shows where the future of Musket is going.

“The essence to stick to the Musket soul, the owner and director are very committed in keeping and bringing the standard internationally.”

Mr Snodgrass said that they were also looking forward to the week-long annual Musket Cove Regatta, which sails in early September – a traditional event founded by Fijian tourism icon and Musket Cove founder, the late Dick Smith, in 1984.

 

Minister Koya praises resort

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya has praised the vision of the founder of Musket Cove Island Resort, tourism icon – the late Richard ‘Dick’ Smith.

Mr Koya also challenged the owners of to carry on the legacy created and which had contributed immensely to the Fijian economy.

He made the remarks at the opening of Musket Cove’s The Trader Complex.

“Your contribution and commitment to the Fijian economy are vital in creating wealth and development the nations that we all love,” he said.

“The Fijian Government will continue to support new development initiative, which showcase and promote Fiji as a true holiday paradise and enable tourism industry to create more economic activity and employment for all Fijians.”

Dick Smith was fondly known as pioneer or the father of Fijian tourism because he had the vision of the developing cruising and yachting as a key component of tourism.

“Musket Cove has always been the destination of yachts – long before the segment was developed in Fiji. I am proud to see Josephine and her family continuing Dick’s legacy and taking his dream to new heights,” Mr Koya said.

 

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