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Conferences Cancelled In Fiji Amid Hong Kong Protests

  The ongoing protests in Hong Kong have resulted in two corporate conferences that were scheduled to be held in Fiji being cancelled. This was confirmed yesterday by Rosie Holidays
20 Aug 2019 13:58
Conferences Cancelled In Fiji Amid Hong Kong Protests
Protesters occupy part of Hong Kong International Airport.

 

The ongoing protests in Hong Kong have resulted in two corporate conferences that were scheduled to be held in Fiji being cancelled.

This was confirmed yesterday by Rosie Holidays general manager Eroni Puamau.

Mr Puamau has also said the ongoing protests could affect many visitors who transit from Hong Kong to come to Fiji.

Organisers

“Yes the organisers of the conferences for the two Chinese corporate companies who had been planning to use Fiji as their conference venue have now had to change to another country,” Mr Puamau said.

“For them Fiji is a risk as they would have had to travel through Hong Kong which is still being hit by protests.”

Hong Kong witnessed one of the largest turnouts on Sunday with 1.7 million turning out to support the Civil Human Rights Front who are leading the protests.

Hong Kong International Airport has seen hundreds of flight cancellations and disruptions while passengers have had to struggle to get past into the airport terminals.

Chinese nationals

Mr Puamau said Chinese nationals were not using Hong Kong which affected those coming to Fiji.

“If they were going to come to Fiji through another route then this would be expensive for them and so we lose out,” he said.

“However, this does not affect the yearly direct flights from China.

“The corporate organisations who were to have had their meeting here found Fiji would be too expensive if another route was used so they ended up cancelling,” Mr Puamau said.

“But apart from that our Chinese markets continue to grow each year as seen in the last 12 months.”

Mr Puamau said one travel route could have been through Japan but Chinese people see this as extra paper work.

Tourism sector

“Everyone is hoping that that the Hong Kong protests are settled as soon as possible because in the long run it could start to have a bigger effect on the tourism sector.”

Mr Puamau said Rosie have been keeping a close eye on the protests.

Meanwhile, Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association chief executive officer Fantasha Lockington said they have had no adverse news for other tourists coming to Fiji.

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