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Airline Plans Special Packages, Koya Tells Meeting

Fiji Airways will be announcing its industry plans for the coming months, which include special packages to lure tourist into the country. Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya
28 Feb 2016 08:30
Airline Plans Special Packages, Koya Tells Meeting
Meeting of the Tourism Action Group (TAG) members and stakeholders at Tanoa International Hotel Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji Airways will be announcing its industry plans for the coming months, which include special packages to lure tourist into the country.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said: “Fiji Airways is working very hard to do as much as they can.

“We need the packages. We need everything you can do or to get the messages across to the other country that we are alive and kicking.”

He made those comments during the Tourism Action Group meeting at the Tanoa International Hotel Nadi yesterday.

This included strategies to keep tourists coming despite the negative publicity from Cyclone Winston.

“In this regard, Tourism Fiji has been given clear instructions to market Fiji and the Fijian spirit as widely as possible.

“We need to replace the images of devastation that the world is seeing.

“We need to get tourists into Fiji and we will do so with the ministry and will make sure that the message goes out on behalf of the industry worldwide that we are up and open for business.

He said most importantly, focus is on educating travellers that tourism in Fiji is very much active.

“We are ready to receive all our guests with the usual “Bula” smile.

However, Mr Koya said, “We are not denying that devastation, but it is to ensure that are able to rebuild their lives.”

“We need the economy to recover quickly and the Fijian Government does not believe in sitting and waiting for opportunities to come, we need to create opportunities and capitalise on it.

“We need the visitors to come to Fiji and injection money into the Fijian economy.

He applauded the set up of the Tourism Advisory Group (TAG), which is made up of key representatives from each sector within the tourism industry.

TAG will focus on immediate actions to reduce booking cancellations due to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston to parts of Fiji.

“The tourism industry needs to ignite the economic growth that will ensure that the grassroots community is benefiting,” Mr Koya said.

“Therefore, best way to enable all Fijians rebuild their lives is after a disaster is to provide them continued stream of income and improving tourism can bring those benefits to the people in the form of employment.

Meanwhile, the Minister told the stakeholders that Fiji Electricity Authority is working hard to provide power to other tourism sectors outside the Central Business District areas.

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