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Koya Promotes Education, Industry Link

There is a need to emphasise and strengthen the link between the tourism industry and education. These were the remarks of the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq
25 Sep 2016 10:38
Koya Promotes Education, Industry Link
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya with the students during the event at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca Island yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

There is a need to emphasise and strengthen the link between the tourism industry and education.

These were the remarks of the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, at the University of the South Pacific School of Tourism and Hospitality Management 10th anniversary and Careers Fair yesterday.

Speaking at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on the Coral Coast, Mr Koya said the event was in itself a crucial link if the national development objectives were to be achieved.

The event opened doors of opportunity for more than 80 graduating students to meet and introduce themselves to the 18 potential employers.

Industry representatives came from the likes of Warwick Fiji, Hilton – Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, Fiji Airways, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort, Radisson Blue Hotels and Resorts, Mercure, Mindpearl, Naviti Resort, Hilton Doubletree and Hexagon.

Mr Koya said: “This Fair provides everyone involved with multiple opportunities – for employers to seek potential employees, for students to explore the market.

“You are all part of the sector that has made significant contribution to the Fijian economy and this contribution has been increasing each year.

“We are confident that in no time the tourism industry will be a $2 billion industry and the number employed directly and indirectly in this sector will continue increasing.

“Apart from having professionals in the industry it is also important to have equally knowledgeable and skilled professionals in the Government Ministry that is responsible for setting the right policies, strategies and incentives for the tourism sector.”

Mr Koya also was proud to announce that his Ministry has strong USP alumni and was accompanied by six of them from the Tourism Unit.

He said Government has provided the necessary incentives and platform through its education policies to learn and ensure a strong, intelligent workforce partnering with their private sector.

 

EDITED BY:Farzana Nisha



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