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Talks For Fiji To Host More International Events, Says A-G

  Talks are in the pipeline for Fiji to host prominent international events and film fares in the future. This was revealed by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament on
02 Jun 2016 09:55
Talks For Fiji To Host More International Events, Says A-G
Attorney-General and Minister for Public Enterprises, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

 

Talks are in the pipeline for Fiji to host prominent international events and film fares in the future.

This was revealed by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament on Tuesday.

He said among these international events, Fiji had shown its interest to hosting the Asian Development Bank meeting either in 2019 or 2020.

“It has never been done in the Pacific ever before; we at the moment do not have the capacity to do it, we are currently talking to the Fiji National Provident Fund where they are looking at putting up a conference facility in the new resort currently being built in Momi,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said with such meeting Fiji was expected to host about 4000 participants.

“At the moment Fiji does not have the ability to host a convention of 4000 people, there is nowhere that we can host it,” he said.

However, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Momi would be the ideal choice to have it because there was a need to also have the room inventory and the room inventory exists, both in Denarau.

“There is a room inventory we are told, of approximately about 3000 in Nadi/Denarau area; it is only about 20 minutes away from Momi,” he said.

“Momi, of course, on the other side, you have the Intercontinental and the Fijian; so we will be able to host this conference and it will be a big achievement for Fiji.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said apart from the ADB meeting; they had also been approached by a number of international conferences and other things like Filmfare Awards and various other international events if finalised to be hosted in Fiji.

He said a team would come into the country next month to asses Fiji’s capacity to hold international events.

“They need to also assess whether we are friendly and hospitable enough and whether our airport has the right size to host such a number of people coming through,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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