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We Will Send People Over; Say Agents

The 102 Australian travel agents who were in the country for the week long familiarisation  trip will send more people over to Fiji.   The group was shown: Fijian Tourism
21 Mar 2016 10:34
We Will Send People Over; Say Agents
Helloworld manager Betty-Anne Durheim (far right) wih the other agents from Australia during the famils cocktail event at the New Nadi Farmers club in Nadi last Saturday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The 102 Australian travel agents who were in the country for the week long familiarisation  trip will send more people over to Fiji.

 

The group was shown:

  • Fijian Tourism is open for business.
  • The parts of the country worst hit by Cyclone Winston were far from the main tourism areas.
  • Keeping Australian tourists coming to Fiji will help recovery efforts- and ordinary Fijians.

 

Betty-Anne Durhein, manager of Helloworld Lismore City, New South Wales, an independently owned franchise, said the trip was very beneficial.

“It was great to visit the islands and see the type of accommodation and what they do offer and will definitely make it easy for me to promote the area and cannot wait to send them to those places.”

She said that it has been an most amazing experience despite being to Fiji six times before. The group she was in visited the Yasawa Islands which she had never visited before.

“ This was the same idea with the other agents as there have been some doubts in some peoples mind,’’ she said.

Tourism Fiji is working pro-actively with a strong presence of their regional directors in their respective markets.

Regional Director (Australia) Carlah Walton said, “Australian travel agents understand that we are an integral part of Fijian tourism.

“They knew that tourism is the life blood for Fijians and bringing people over and those that serve in resorts do have families in devastated areas and they need to send money over. If they don’t send any one over the job shrinks and everyone understands this.

“Fiji needs reinforcement. To know that the whole of Fiji was not devastated. To understand that the media portrayed whole of Fiji was flattened.”

She added that some people went to devastated areas and were visibly shaken and visibly moved “Everyone understands that our country needs help in tourism and Australians love to help their Fijian brothers and will keep on sending people over.”

Meanwhile, in addition is ensuring the timely dissemination of information to their agents through the Matai Programme and monthly updates, Tourism Fiji is on a steady course to make the Fijian Tourism Expo bigger and better than last year.

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