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Tourism Group Lauds 2016-2017 Budget

The Board of directors of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) are happy that there has been no increase in tourism specific taxes. The FHTA, in response to the
25 Jun 2016 11:33
Tourism Group Lauds  2016-2017 Budget
Tourism

The Board of directors of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) are happy that there has been no increase in tourism specific taxes.

The FHTA, in response to the 2016-2017 Budget announcement on Wednesday, believes this would establish a stable platform that should allow the tourism industry to continue to market and develop tourism products for our main global source markets which are becoming increasingly price competitive.

“Given the demand on resources from the rehabilitation efforts, the association is appreciative of what the tourism industry has been given,” association president Dixon Seeto said in a statement issued yesterday.

The tourism marketing grant is $27.6million.

“The Board of directors unanimously thanks the Government for listening to the concerns of the industry and responding pro-actively,” he said.

Mr Seeto also congratulated the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, for delivering a well-balanced, progressive budget meeting the triple challenge of addressing the ongoing post cyclone recovery, economic growth, along with important community social and welfare initiatives.

“The association is cognizant of the many challenges facing Government finances and resources in the wake of the catastrophic weather events – TC Winston and TC Zena – earlier this year and we applaud the Prime Minister and his Government on his leadership and handling of that crisis,” Mr Seeto said.

FHTA also welcomed the allocation of funds towards the development of the Seaqaqa Airport and it supports moves by Government to improve infrastructure to Vanua Levu and to our remote regions.

 

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