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Bamboo Travellers Welcome Locals, Says No Discrimination Policy

Bamboo Travellers Nadi, duty manager, Holeva Kean has assured customers there is no discriminatory policy against locals. Everyone was welcomed to their bar and accommodation at Wailoaloa, Nadi, she said.
03 Sep 2016 11:05
Bamboo Travellers Welcome Locals, Says No Discrimination Policy
Closest to the camera: Davendra Permal, Mateo Vuniyalo and How Zhengyao at the Bamboo Travaellers yesterday afternoon. Photo: ARISHMA DEVI NARAYAN.

Bamboo Travellers Nadi, duty manager, Holeva Kean has assured customers there is no discriminatory policy against locals.

Everyone was welcomed to their bar and accommodation at Wailoaloa, Nadi, she said.

This comes after Charlene Sulueti Tafuna’i a former Miss World Fiji (2014) made a  Facebook post on Tuesday that claimed the bar had a no-locals policy.

This generated over 800 likes 320 shares to the claim the duty manager had told her the amenities were not for locals.

Ms Kean said to assure the good customer relationship, the owner of the Bamboo Group had personally apologised to Ms Tafuna’i and her colleagues.

She said there was no such policy and only due to  behaviours of some locals, people were at times restricted from entry.

“The matter has been solved. But only to make it clear, we do not have any restrictions on any sort of person-local or foreign,” Ms Kean said.

“But yes, just like at all places we do not want to disturb our in-house guests and other visitors so we have to restrict those who come in with rowdy behaviour.”

Davendra Permal who has been going to Bamboo for past ten years said his family and friends including him after work always go to drink and make use of all facilities including swimming pools for their kids at the accomodation.

“I am always here and this place is excellent, I have never had any problems and my wife and kids love to come here while I have drinks with friends,” Mr Permal said.

Ms Tafuna’i has acknowledged she received an apology from Mr Hatherly.

She said: “My colleagues and I have received apologies from the owner of Bamboo to rectify the situation.”

“Like I mentioned in my previous status my friends and I have spent time at Bamboo before this incident, and the discriminatory policy was not normally the case.”

Ms Tafuna’i said she was told there was a no-locals policy on Monday evening after she and her friends went to have a few drinks at the bar after work.

Fiji Sun staff who went to check this out had no problems despite being incognito.

Bamboo is a backpacker’s hostel at Wailoaloa.

It has its very own restaurant, bar and sporting facilities.

 

 

EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA

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