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‘Only God Can Guarantee Future’

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya said it’s pretty unfair for Opposition to demand guarantees from Government about the future. “The only person in
24 Mar 2017 10:56
‘Only God Can Guarantee Future’
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya outside Parliament yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya said it’s pretty unfair for Opposition to demand guarantees from Government about the future.

“The only person in this world that can guarantee anything is God…I say praise the Lord, Madam Speaker, because he is the only one that can guarantee. I sincerely wish the Talatala was here…”

Mr Koya made this statement while responding to Opposition MP, Jiosefa Dulakiverata in Parliament yesterday.

“Madam Speaker I cannot guarantee anything if life. I can tell you this, the tourism industry and Fiji Airways are working together extremely hard to get the first return possible,” he said.

Mr Dulakiverata asked what guarantee did Government have that they would make up for the Australian tourists lost.

Speaking on tourism arrivals in Fiji, Mr Koya said Fiji still recorded a total of 360,370 visitor arrivals from Australia.

Mr Koya said despite explaining the details to the Opposition on planned activities for Australian tourists, they still wouldn’t understand.

“When I was small, if I refuse to listen my parents used to put some kind of oil into my ear,” he said.

“I spelled out the specific activities planned for Australia and spoke in a soft tone so that they can listen,” he said.

In 2016, Mr Koya said the tourism industry recorded 792,320 visitor arrivals, an increase of five per cent despite the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

He said SODELPA Opposition MP, Viliame Gavoka, failed to note that visitor numbers from Australia had grown steadily at an average rate of three per cent from 2012 to 2015.

Mr Koya said Australia remained Fiji’s largest market for tourism.

“It is important to note, whilst Australia is a traditional source market and a matured market for Fiji, other emerging markets such as China, India and the rest of Asia have shown substantial increases with growth rates of 22 per cent, 19 per cent and 55 per cent respectively,” he said.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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