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Award Shocks Tourism Operator

The managing director for the Rosie Travel Group said he was not expecting this.
13 Jul 2019 17:24
Award Shocks Tourism Operator
Officer of the Order of Fiji medal recipient Anthony Whitton (left) with President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote after the Order of Fiji investiture ceremony at State House on July 12, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

It runs in the family.

Two years ago, Anthony Whitton’s mother, Rose Whitton, was recognised with an Order of Fiji award.

Yesterday Mr Whitton, better known as Tony in tourism circles, was recognised for service of a high degree to Fiji and humanity at large.

He was given the Officer of the Order of Fiji by President Jioji Konrote.

The managing director for the Rosie Travel Group said he was not expecting this.

“It came as a shock. I was advised of it some three weeks ago. It was a bit of a shock that was my initial reaction,” he said,

Mr Whitton is a firm believer that progress in tourism can be the answer to a few of the problems related to poverty.

“Tourism provides one full-time job to a Fijian somewhere and two indirect jobs,” he said.

“Being associated with this remarkable industry, which we call tourism, we are able to share the wonderful story of Fiji and the connection of our people, land and be part of this remarkable industry and the multiplier effect the tourism dollar has on every single household.”

Mr Whitton said he was able to be part of a wide range of programmes which were only possible through tourism.

“We work on a variety of foundations. I serve as a trustee for Koroipita Model Town. We are building homes for the poor, restoring dry forest and working with resource owners in terms water and reticulation because of tourism,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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