Fiji Regatta Week: Bigger And Better In 2017

­­­­­­­­­ Next year’s Fiji Regatta Week is expected to be bigger and better. This is based on the success of this year’s event, which has brought about an air of
02 Oct 2016 18:23
Fiji Regatta Week: Bigger And Better In 2017

­­­­­­­­­ Next year’s Fiji Regatta Week is expected to be bigger and better.

This is based on the success of this year’s event, which has brought about an air of excitement to those at the Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina- which has been the home of the event since 1984.

Resort manager Joe Mar said it was a success with a total 101 yachts from all around the world.

“It is part of our yearly calendar and as soon as we finish off, we have a debriefing and we have to set-out the date for the next one, which is the following year,” he said. “That is how crucial it is and that is how we respect the sailors and they help us in so many ways.

“We are surprised to see this and we hadn’t expected as much as this. I guess (cyclone) Winston must have played a big part of this with the island had been affected.”

Mar said this regatta is one the easiest to put together because of the sponsorships.

“Companies came in with their hefty sponsorship, it was well-flowed, no hiccups, just perfect and really ended up in a nice tone.”

The Musket Cove property only has 55 rooms but the sailors take about 100 of the rooms.

“They do spend a lot in our bars and our restaurants and that is why it is also crucial for us to say thank you so that when they sail back to their sailing land they will tell their people about Musket Cove as we have people that care and look after them well. I thank the entire sponsors for their support and especially South Pacific Butcheries. Just like a saying when you look after one they will look after you.”

He confirmed that the event also pulled in four New Zealand sponsors.

“We had started with only one sponsor and then another three came in and we hope to have maybe five the coming year. For us we do this for our sailing friends as they have put a lot into the country and push the economy which is part of tourism.”

Resort’s Human Resources manager Raymond Acraman was thrilled with their contribution to the Fijian economy.

“On the national capacity level the total tourism earning figure is around $957 million and we are close to the billion dollar mark and 30 percent of that is directly from the yachts this year.”

According to Acraman, Fiji registers close to 500 to 600 visitors (yachties).

“They are all paid professionals all the guys are on retirement and they got money to spend. Since this event started 33 years ago it has contributed to so many other things.”

Musket Cove is the first registered yacht club in the country and the first in the South Pacific to host the regatta continuously in regardless of anything.

“They contribute around $30 million per annum and we do not take that for granted. So is there is 300 yachties they spend an average of $500 per day and for the last couple of days it has provided enormous earning. Five to 10 cents of the dollars earned goes to various stakeholders not only the tourism industry but to the manufacturing industry, the service industry. So these kinds of event help in nation building.

“If we combine our resources we will be crossing the billion dollar mark, so the potentiality of improving this segment of the tourism industry is vast.”

Acraman added this is a thriving industry that can be further developed.

“This yacht club has seen the birth of the Denarau Yacht Club, the one in Savusavu, the Vuda Marina. The vision of those who started this opened the doors for those others who would be entrepreneurs so we expect it to increase more in coming years.”

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