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Alibaba Bringing Opportunity for Trade

Opening doors to the e-commerce colossus Alibaba Group platform will not only boost tourism, but trade as well. Tourism Fiji chief executive Matthew Stoeckel confirmed this during the memorandum of
11 Feb 2017 12:15
Alibaba Bringing Opportunity for Trade
From left: Rosie Holidays general manager Eroni Puamau, Fliggy vice president Tony Duan, Tourism Fiji chief executive officer Matthew Stoeckel and Rosie Holidays Managing Director Tony Whitton at the Tourism Fiji head office in Namaka, Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Opening doors to the e-commerce colossus Alibaba Group platform will not only boost tourism, but trade as well.

Tourism Fiji chief executive Matthew Stoeckel confirmed this during the memorandum of understanding signing between the Alibaba Group and Tourism Fiji in Nadi yesterday.

He said: “It is not only for tourism, but across for trade and other opportunities with China, being such a big partner to the Pacific.”

Mr Stoeckel thanked Rosie Holidays for taking the initiative to pioneer Fiji’s destination into China.

Rosie Holidays managing director Tony Whitton said: “Tourism is why we are here today, but their platform provides opportunity for our branded products or boutique products need to be distributed in the Chinese market.

“This presents tremendous trade opportunities. We know tourism starts and trade follows or trade starts and tourism follows. I think we get the first brand of Fiji on the Alibaba platform and opportunities for trade afterwards.

Alibaba Group is a global leader in online wholesale trade and is owned by Jack Ma.

Speaking about Mr Ma, Mr Whitton said: “His real agenda is to connect small businesses to the Chinese market to trade and whatever that small business it is.

“Thinking from my Fijian perspective, tourism is the first level of entry, but could you imagine we deliver Fijian coconut vodka, Fiji Water, Bounty Rum, Pure Fiji or some cottage based industries in some resource owners to export to the Chinese markets?”

These platforms have hundreds and thousands of businesses going through their Alibaba platform, keeping them connected with all the host buyers.

“It is reciprocal of us to buy from China, but also Chinese consumers can buy our inspirational high end products from Fiji that are authentic and real.”

Fliggy vice president Tony Duan said: “The small companies also have the opportunity of our platform to use for the Chinese consumers, that is how we shake the hand of the travelling industry and trade.”

The first step to get the Chinese travellers into Fiji is when they get to experience and share online, then they will invite their friends.

“The Alibaba group is not only a commercial company. They are also a data driven company, technological company, and media.

“There are a lot of things that make Fiji product in the future and I believe in that.”

Mr Duan said: “If they have been to Europe and Australian then next step will be Fiji. We know what they like and do share their travelling experience.”

He said their platform knows the high-end spending Chinese people.

“We bring the right people to the right place and different people say the different things. We can share the information to the clients on the places they need to go.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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