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Koya: Fijian Tourism Expo Exceeds Expectations

Over 8880 appointments were facilitated between buyers and sellers over the three-day course of the Fijian Tourism Expo 2016 held at the Denarau Convention Centre this week. Minister for Industry,
07 May 2016 10:03
Koya: Fijian Tourism Expo Exceeds Expectations

Over 8880 appointments were facilitated between buyers and sellers over the three-day course of the Fijian Tourism Expo 2016 held at the Denarau Convention Centre this week.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, in closing the event on Thursday, noted this was an outstanding achievement reflecting the diverse offerings at FTE.

He also announces the Fijian Crafted Village received success with Fijian Crafted products establishing new market links.

It also achieved sales of more than $3000 for the 14 artisans showcasing their products.

“Though sales may seem small, the exposure and promotion through the displays at the village for the past three days have been tremendous,” he said.

“Our artisans have been interviewed by both local and foreign media and for some, a first for their entire life.”

Mr Koya said orders totalling over $15,500 have already been placed with the crafters from established retail companies and even art galleries from as far as Mexico.

“Through such transactions our local communities are supported and I would like to encourage each of you to engage more with our local craftsmen and artisans and promote the Fijian made – Buy Fijian brand as much as possible,” he said.

Overall, Mr Koya described the FTE 2016 as having been a tremendous success and said it was a major credit to the entire Fijian tourism industry.

“The Expo has proven to be a milestone event for the industry. New relations have been created, whilst existing ones have been strengthened. And this year’s event has exceeded expectations,” he said.

“I must say this has been possible due to the hard work that has been put in place by Tourism Fiji.

“The able leadership and teamwork at Tourism Fiji has resulted in a very successful FTE this year.”

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