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Smith Heads Tourism Body

  Savusavu businessman Karl Smith has been elected chairperson of the Savusavu Tourism Association (STA). Mr Smith, who is originally from Benau, Savusavu in Vanua Levu, said he was delighted
31 May 2018 10:00
Smith Heads Tourism Body
Savusavu businessman Karl Smith

 

Savusavu businessman Karl Smith has been elected chairperson of the Savusavu Tourism Association (STA).

Mr Smith, who is originally from Benau, Savusavu in Vanua Levu, said he was delighted to assume the role and contribute to building the tourism industry in his hometown.

He said the role was a great challenge given the sterling work put in by their previous leader Justin Hunter.

“Mr Hunter will remain very much a part of the STA, but has chosen to step down from the role given his other significant commitments,” Mr Smith said.

“The STA represents approximately 40 stakeholders, but has a current financial membership of 20.

“Stakeholders range from some of Fiji’s most exclusive resorts to boutique private accommodation.

“The provision of effective and efficient support services to such a wide range of stakeholders is a challenge, but the STA is receiving valuable support from the Monetary Development Fund in the STA’s efforts to establish a full-time secretariat.

“In addition to participating more effectively in tourism forums and initiatives the establishment of the full-time secretariat in turn will be expected to facilitate improved visibility of the Savusavu experience in the global market.

“Cost effective and efficient air travel access remains the single greatest inhibitor to the growth of tourism and increased employment in Savusavu and the challenge is securing Government support to complete the widening of the Savusavu Airport.

“The STA at its cost already holds an approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for this improvement and is keen to work with Government.”

Edited by Epineri Vula



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