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Lack Of Korean Restaurants, Food Here Attributed Reason For Low Tourist Numbers

  Lack of Korean restaurants and Korean food availability in Fiji has been attributed as the main reason for lower Korean tourist arrivals in Fiji. These were the sentiments by
14 Oct 2016 14:45
Lack Of Korean Restaurants, Food Here Attributed Reason For Low Tourist Numbers
President for Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, Howard Politini (L) with the Korean Ambassadar to Fiji Kim Seong-in. Photo: KATHRIN KRISHNA.

 

Lack of Korean restaurants and Korean food availability in Fiji has been attributed as the main reason for lower Korean tourist arrivals in Fiji.

These were the sentiments by Korean Ambassador to Fiji, Kim Seong-in, as he spoke at the first Korea Agriculture and Fisheries Food Products event at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

“Neighboring countries such as Guam and Palau have half a million Korean tourists visit this place yearly but only 10,000 tourists visit Fiji every year,” Mr Kim said.

“The reason is there are many Korean cuisines where these people can enjoy their meal time but in Fiji we have very few Korean restaurants.”

The ambassador said the main reason for the food event to be hosted was to raise awareness on this issue and liaise with retailers to sell Korean food products here.

“The sale of the products depends on the outcome of the business meeting that will have today with the Fijian businesses and whether they would be interested in selling the Korean products in Fiji,” he said.

“There are a lot of raw materials in Fiji so I would like to attract Korean food outlets to come here and to prepare and manufacture food here benefitting the Fijians as well in terms of employment.”

Howard Politini, President for Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation also said the introduction and sale of the Korean food products would help prevent Non-Communicable Diseases in the country.

“I would like to encourage our private sector particularly our retailers to really engage with our Korean partners,” he said.

The Korean Embassy will be inviting Fijian Chefs today to learn how to make basic Korean food like Kimchi and Sushi.

More than 200 food products were displayed yesterday for the local retailers.

EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL

Feedback:  kathrin.krishna@fijisun.com.fj



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