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Dixon Seeto To Be Laid To Rest Tomorrow

Aporosa Masau, on behalf of the Seeto family, in receiving the tabua thanked the tourism community for their presence.
28 Jul 2019 19:23
Dixon Seeto To Be Laid To Rest Tomorrow
Tourism stakeholders gathered at the Nadi International Airport to bid farewell to the late Dixon Seeto on July 26, 2019.

Befitting respect was paid to a true son of Fiji, the late Dixon Seeto at the Nadi International Airport on Friday.

The late Mr Seeto’s body arrived from Brisbane, Australia.

A traditional iTaukei chiefly protocol was accorded for this arrival.

Mr Seeto’s son Gareth and brother Henry brought the body home. The people of the village of Viseisei, vanua o Vuda, together with the tourism and business community gathered in big numbers to welcome the late Mr Seeto as his final home coming before proceeding to Suva.

During the i-vakasobu, on behalf of the business stakeholders, Inoke Momoedonu presented the tabua and said: “He has done a lot for the tourism industry. He will be remembered as a tourism icon, and a symbol throughout Fiji and the Pacific.”

Aporosa Masau, on behalf of the Seeto family, in receiving the tabua thanked the tourism community for their presence.

“He was also a good friend of the tourism stakeholders and the Fijian government over the decades,” Mr Masau said.

Whiting pays tribute

Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards Board of Trustees chairperson Bill Whiting acknowledged Mr Seeto and all he has done for the Fijian tourism industry.

“It’s been a real privilege to have known him for almost 40 years. He was a man that did so much for the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA), Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, and that is just a scratch of service of what he has done over the years,” said Mr Whiting.

“It was overwhelming to see among the crowds, were the senior leaders in the ministry, the Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen, Rosie Holidays Managing Director Tony Whitton and many general managers of other hotels.”

FHTA chief executive officer Fantasha Lockington said: “We welcomed him back to Nadi, where he spent most of his days.

“The family kindly allowed us the honour to arrange this programme. In receiving him we wanted to remember him for the wonderful leader, mentor and friend he was to everyone in the tourism industry,” she said.

“Dixon had time for everyone whether you are a security and the gate or the person who saved your coffee he would say hello to everyone. So, we thought to provide our i-reguregu from here and to allow people to say goodbye because he will not come back to Nadi.”

Mr Seeto passed away on Friday, July 19, after being injured in a road accident.

Funeral date

  • The funeral gathering is being held at 77 Naivurevure road, NLTB subdivision, Tamavua.
  • His funeral is scheduled for Monday. Respects can be made at the MIOT Pacific Hospital from 7am – 7.30am.
  • The funeral cottage will leave MIOT Pacific Hospital at 7.30am for a requiem mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 8.30am.
  • Following the mass, the procession will then proceed to Toorak Road, 14 St Fort Street and 77 Naivurevure Road to observe Chinese customary rites and then to the Suva Chinese Cemetery, Reservoir Road at 12.15pm.

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