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Eco Challenge Fiji Injects $30.6 Million Into The Economy

The World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji is ready for viewing on Amazon Prime Video, following its launch on August 14.
19 Aug 2020 11:15
Eco Challenge Fiji Injects $30.6 Million Into The Economy
The World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji is a Mark Burnett production that was shot in over 100 locations across Fiji.

The World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji is ready for viewing on Amazon Prime Video, following its launch on August 14.

It follows the announcement of Minister for Commerce Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya yesterday over the successful premier of 10 episodes.

The series represents the highest-ever spend by a media production in Fiji, with $30.6 million injected into the Fijian economy, he said.

“What’s really important is that most of the new economic activity created by this one production, brought Fiji $86 million.”

The 10-episode series, showcases Fiji’s budding adventure tourism industry to an estimated 150 million Prime Video subscribers in over 200 countries, Mr Koya said.

Minister for Commerce, Tourism, Trade and Transport, Faiyaz Koya, with acting chief executive of Film Fiji Jone Tikoca following the announcement in Suva, on August 18, 2020. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

Minister for Commerce, Tourism, Trade and Transport, Faiyaz Koya, with acting chief executive of Film Fiji Jone Tikoca following the announcement in Suva, on August 18, 2020. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

 

Beneficial

He said the production was beneficial for some of Fiji’s most isolated rural and maritime communities, through investments in village improvements and a contestant-led book drive for Fijian children.

“The production of Eco-Challenge Fiji is a positive sign that Fiji is capable of hosting major international productions,” Mr Koya said.

The production had camera crews following 66 teams from 30 countries, working day and night across 671 kilometres of some of Fiji’s roughest terrain, he said.

Of the 66 teams, Fiji featured two, Mr Koya said.

Audiences will have an opportunity to catch a side of Fiji that extends further than our five star resorts, and white sandy beaches, he said.

“It will show that we are multi-faceted with staggering waterfalls, lush tropical rainforest, white water rapids and breathtaking vistas,” Mr Koya said.

He said the total production cost $97 million and was shot in over 150 places in Fiji.

“Spread the word – you have to watch it,” Mr Koya said.

Film Fiji’s acting chief executive officer Jone Tikoca said 320 locals were directly employed by the production with hundreds more employed from time to time on the set, as it moved across Fiji.

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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