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Tour Company Feels The Effect Of COVID-19

This represented around 65 per cent drop in business from the Chinese market where Tour Managers and Rosie Holidays have been the major players in bringing Chinese tourists to Fiji annually.
02 Mar 2020 12:43
Tour Company Feels The Effect Of COVID-19
From left: Rosie Holidays Director of Sales Mitieli Vodonaivalu and Tour Managers Chinese Department Manager Jack Rong at the conference at Nalagi Hotel, Nadi on February 29, 2020. Photo: Charles Chambers

One of Fiji’s leading inbound tourist operators, Tour Managers will be hit with around $1.8 million drop in revenue as a result of effects caused by the coronavirus in their Chinese market.

This represented around 65 per cent drop in business from the Chinese market where Tour Managers and Rosie Holidays have been the major players in bringing Chinese tourists to Fiji annually.

First business forum for the year

Jason Rong, of Tour Managers, revealed this during his presentation on the Chinese Tourist Market at Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s first business forum for the year at Nalagi Hotel in Nadi past Friday.

Rosie Holidays Director of Sales Mitieli Vodonaivalu also expressed the same sentiments at the forum saying the impact from the Chinese market was almost the same which was around 65 per cent.

“Due to the global coronavirus epidemic, we will have a difficult time from January to February, but if the virus settles before March, we are optimistic of generating $7.5 million in revenue for the next financial year,” Mr Rong said.

Mr Rong said this was a time when Chinese celebrated New Year and a time when there was a lot of travelling by the people of China.

The company handles around 5200 visitors from China annually.

Tour Managers has offices in Guangzhou and Shenzhen in China and this market represents the biggest tourism market source, about 64 per cent of the company’s revenue, for the company.

“This has always been a happy time.

“But this has been a sad year, because of the coronavirus.”

He said because of Fiji’s current restrictions in place for those coming out of China, it has been difficult to get any business out of that market.

“Those that are coming here are those who have been in other countries and have been there for up to three months and need to leave before returning there.

“So they come down to places like Fiji for a while and return to whichever country they have come from.”

Mr Vodonaivalu said Rosie Holidays have now been concentrating on the North American market to make up for the drop of Chinese visitors but the continuing spread of the virus could also hamper this area.

“San Francisco will also be impacted with this virus. There has been a number of cancellations in bookings,” Mr Vodonaivalu said.

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