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Fiji Urges Visitors To Return

Fiji is ready to host visitors to our shores, including visiting cruise lines. Minister for Industry and Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya made this assurance to operators yesterday, amidst reports
02 Mar 2016 10:30
Fiji Urges Visitors  To Return
Chief guest Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji is ready to host visitors to our shores, including visiting cruise lines.

Minister for Industry and Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya made this assurance to operators yesterday, amidst reports of cruise lines cancelling cruise itineraries scheduled for Fiji.

This follows the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston that claimed 44 lives, ravished homes, farms and vegetation.

While some cruise lines have positively rescheduled their itineraries to Fiji, some opted to wait.

“Cruiser lines are part of our tourism industry and we are doing all we can to bring them back,” Mr Koya said.

“Cancelling of their trips to Fiji will really have a great impact on our local businesses and the tourism industry because there are a lot of industries attached to it,” Mr Koya said.

As of today, he said all major ports are ready to receive cruise lines despite the current situation. Meanwhile, hospitality professionals are encouraging visitors to not put their holiday plans on hold. Peter Duncan, chief executive officer of South Seas Cruises who is also the CEO of one of the nation’s leading adventure operators, Awesome Adventures Fiji said: “The best way to help Fiji recover is for visitors to come over, spend their holiday dollars and help the local people keep their jobs and feed their families.”

In a report by Travel Pulse, via a tweet, Prime Minister, Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama has also reminded visitors that the “vast majority of our hotels and tourism services are fully operational.

Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum also echoed similar sentiment saying: “We need to get the message out to our key markets that most Fijian resorts are open and functioning.”

“There is no need for intending holidaymakers to cancel or postpone their visits,” Mr Khaiyum said.

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