High-Spending’ Chinese Visitors Jet In

More than 300 Chinese visitors on Tuesday arrived on the Rosie Holidays chartered Fiji Airways flight FJ2382 direct from Hangzhou to Nadi. Many who spoke to Fiji Sun reaffirmed they
26 Jan 2017 11:00
High-Spending’ Chinese Visitors Jet In
Fusteel CEO Yijie Pan (left) with his famiy and Rosie Holidays Director Business Development Adeline Lee-Erasito at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

More than 300 Chinese visitors on Tuesday arrived on the Rosie Holidays chartered Fiji Airways flight FJ2382 direct from Hangzhou to Nadi.

Many who spoke to Fiji Sun reaffirmed they would be high-spending tourists, something that our service sector will need in the months of January and February.

Yijie Pan, the chief executive officer for Fusteel who deals with steel internationally, is here with his family to discover the Fijian hospitality.

He is from Shanghai and travelled three hours to Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, to board the charter flight to get ‘a taste of paradise’ on this Chinese New Year.

In terms of what caught his attention, he said: “We have always travelled outside of China to other countries to enjoy what’s on offer beyond China.

“We have heard on TV, magazines, and friends that Fiji is a beautiful country and thought why not bring the whole family.

“We are here to enjoy what Fiji has to offer especially the ocean cruises and sightseeing.”


Welcome reception

Wang HuaiHuai, who also came with her  family, was overwhelmed with the reception by the Kabu Kei Conua dance group at the Nadi International Airport.

“I really loved the atmosphere and the warmth of the people in Fiji. The dances just blew me away,” she said.

Tina Shang and her husband, who work  for an IT company, will try out the zip line and sky diving activities.

Shanghai U-Tour International Travel Service executive vice general manager Ji Wei Dong said previously they would sell Mauritius, Maldives, Philippines and Bali but now have shifted to Fiji.

“There has been a lot of interest from Chinese people regarding Fiji as a holiday destination,” Mr Ji said.


Fiji to benefit

Rosie Holidays general manager Eroni Puamau said it was an exciting occasion for Rosie Holidays and Fiji.

Mr Puamau said: “It’s an indication of just how Fiji is becoming popular in the Chinese market and we can actually fill up a plane from a new city in China and fly 10 hours to Fiji and that is a positive outcome to Fiji as far as our charter flights are concerned.

“We are excited about the potential of the second tier cities. As a matter of fact, cities like Hangzhou have over 40 million plus in terms of its population.”

He said the city was the headquarters of, one of the world’s largest online companies.

“We are very excited that we can achieve this significant milestone in terms of our flights programme. Our charter flight programme comes at a time when the industry is in need of the much needed revenue because it comes in a low season,” he said.

“It is a very welcome boost for our tourism economy to generate significant foreign exchange earnings and maintain a lot of employment within a lot of hotels.”


Planning required

Mr Puamau further said: “Timing wise, it is absolutely critical to our tourism economy and we work very closely with Tourism Fiji to continue developing markets that help us during this time traditionally when we are at our lowest point in terms of hotel occupancy.

“Our charter flight planning takes over six months. We are into our third year of operations. There is a lot of work behind the scenes. A lot of paper work and negotiations then of course the marketing and promotion work that follows.

“It is quite an attentive effort, both in terms of the work that is being done by our partners in China and here on the ground in Fiji,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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