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Hotel Association, Embassies Worry That Suva City Is No Longer Safe

The warnings and advisories followed the mugging of an expatriate who was employed by the European Union.
14 Nov 2019 11:54
Hotel Association, Embassies Worry That Suva City Is No Longer Safe
Suva city

Make Suva safe, says the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA). This comes as embassies have put up warnings in regard to crime in the city.

The warnings and advisories followed the mugging of an expatriate who was employed by the European Union.

The foreign national was robbed on November 2, as he made his way towards the Holiday Inn, Suva, from a nightclub at Victoria Parade.

The man suffered serious injuries and according to reports, he could lose vision in one eye.

Association chief executive Fantasha Lockington said such actions cannot be condoned. Ms Lockington said Suva was definitely not as safe at night as it should be.

“Both local families and visitors have reported muggings, robberies and attacks in the last few months. It is unfortunate that many victims do not always report incidents directly to the Police,” she said.

“A few months ago, some Suva businesses also voiced their concern about the city being unsafe and Police launched more foot patrols while extra lights were put in to brighten some dark spots.

“The business communities and FHTA welcomed these initiatives. It is our sincere hope that these efforts continue, especially in light of the heightened security warnings being provided by the international agencies and some High Commissions as this could result in the loss of critical tourism business from Fiji’s key markets”.

Suva Retailers Association has highlighted that a safer Suva would also allow for more economic activity at night.

The Fiji Police Force has increased patrols in the city, especially at night.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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