Dennis, Whitting Blessed With Life Achievement Awards

They deserve to be recognised for their gigantic contribution towards tourism, says Dixon Seeto
17 Feb 2019 10:00
Dennis, Whitting Blessed With Life Achievement Awards
From left: Fiji Excellence Tourism Awards Trustee Dixon Seeto, Life Achievement award recipients Michael Dennis and Bill Whiting, with chief guest and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on February 16, 2019, during the ANZ Fiji Excellence Tourism Awards at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi. Photos: Waisea Nasokia

The ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards (FETA) has given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award to two individuals – Michael Dennis and Bill Whiting – while the late Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doyle was named to the Visionary Award.

FETA Trustee Dixon Seeto said Mr Dennis and Mr Whiting had contributed immensely towards the growth of our tourism industry.

He said the board of trustees also wanted to remember the late Paddy Doyle as a pioneer of Fiji’s tourism industry.

Mr Seeto said: “Tonight we are giving the highest FETA accolade, the Lifetime Achievement award to two individuals who deserve to be recognised for their gigantic contribution towards tourism.

“Both Dennis and Whiting are mentors for our tourism leaders for the work they have done and for the work that they continue to do.

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“The Visionary Award is deservingly given to the late Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doyle who was the first General Manager of the Fijian Resort.

“This award is given in his memory for his trailblazing work in tourism starting from the 1960s.”

Other individual awards were presented to Britney Turaganikeli, who was recognised as the Fiji Pride Champion; Akuila Batiweti is the Emerging Tourism Leader while Eroni Puamau of Rosie Holidays received the Tourism Leader Award. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Rosie Holidays scooped the Hall of Fame awards.

There were two winners in the Culinary Services and Destination Marketing categories. The Culinary Services award was presented to Castaway Island Fiji and Maqai Eco Surf Resort; Malamala Beach Club took the Destination Marketing award. Another big winner last night at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi, was Vatuvara Private Islands scooping the Accommodation Luxury and Tourism Sustainability Awards.

Aquarius on the Beach received the Accommodation Budget award; Accommodation Quality award went to Malolo Island Resort while the Accommodation Deluxe award went to Wyndham Denarau Island.

Specialised Tourism Services and Support to the Industry went to Port Denarau Marina, South Sea Cruises won the Transport and Tour Operators award and Ecotrax won the Visitor Attractions and Activity award.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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