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Authority Penalises 3 Handicraft Shops In Nadi

  The Fiji Commerce Commission on Wednesday imposed $1000 fine each on three handicraft shops in Nadi following an inspection conducted by officers in the West. The inspection was conducted
07 Apr 2017 10:50
Authority Penalises 3 Handicraft Shops In Nadi
Commerce Commission's Compliance and Enforcement officers Harish Chand (left), and Mosese Natakele talks with Local Souvenirs owner Ashwin Kumar in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Fiji Commerce Commission on Wednesday imposed $1000 fine each on three handicraft shops in Nadi following an inspection conducted by officers in the West.

The inspection was conducted after the Fiji Sun had made queries regarding an alleged incident last week where two tourists were deceived to buying handicraft items after their names were allegedly carved onto the items.

Commission chief executive officer, Joel Abraham, said their officers identified some shops that had minor breaches, and were given a day’s notice to settle it.

“We want to send a clear message to the public or operators that they cannot do such things in the industry.

“We have visitors from other countries on our shores and they are vulnerable. We will not tolerate such things.

“We have so many business operators in the tourism industry who operate ethically and things as such are not good for anybody.

“We need to protect our consumers.”

As for their investigations concerning the handicraft shop where its staff allegedly deceived the two tourists, Mr Abraham said a caution interview would be held soon with the operator of the particular shop.

Local Souvenirs Store owner Ashwin Ram said: “From my business perspective this scenario has brought disrepute to the business of handicraft, especially in Nadi town.

“Tourists are the ones who give us business and if this continues then we are in the wrong business.

“We comply with the law and regulations of the law and we condemn these practices.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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