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Asian Development Bank Annual Meet Sets Benchmark For Fiji

This success of this meeting will definitely set a new benchmark.
30 Apr 2019 13:57
Asian Development Bank Annual Meet Sets Benchmark For Fiji
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Editorial:

The Asian Development Bank’s 52nd Annual Meeting, which begins on Denarau tomorrow, has certainly set a new benchmark for Fiji in as far as conferencing is concerned.

Governors and delegates of ADB have already started arriving in the country since Sunday.

An elaborate preparation programme started taking shape last year where the mammoth tasks in catering, providing logistics and the latest in technology was mapped out.

Rosie Holidays was tasked with logistics, which included transfers for dignitaries and delegates from Nadi Airport to Sheraton Fiji Resort, Westin and other resorts and hotels.

This also included the hiring of more than 400 volunteers who were screened and trained in whatever tasks they were allocated.

Security is one of the standout features going in tomorrow’s opening with a heavy Police presence at almost every corner.

Denarau, or Fiji for that matter, has never seen anything on this scale.

This success of this meeting will definitely set a new benchmark.

The great thing about this meeting is around 90 per cent of what is being used has been sourced locally.

While many of those visiting Fiji will do so for the first time, just that little bit of Fijian hospitality will be of enormous benefit to the country in the long term.

Many will return with their families for a holiday because it was through that single experience during the ADB meeting that they chose to return.

The ripple effects of the meeting are also enormous for those indirectly involved in the tourism industry and here we talk about women who weave Fijian artifacts, vegetable farmers, taxi drivers and the list goes on.

A significant benefit is the long-term investment that has been put into the many things, from the installation of new optic cables around Sheraton and Westin, to new pillows in hotel rooms.

The infrastructure, with new roads, has given added benefits and provides a good point when vying to host such events.

This will leave a lasting legacy for residents of Nadi and Fiji as a whole.

All involved in the preparation are now keeping their fingers crossed as the massive jigsaw puzzle falls into place.

Everyone involved must do their little bit to make it a success and going that extra mile, for which Fijians are known for, will be the icing on the cake.

For those in the tourism industry, deviating from the task you have could have an effect on your future.

Let us work together and make this event a successful and memorable one.

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