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A-G, Koya Brief Savusavu Tourism On Help

Meanwhile, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum: “There is renewed interest in Fiji and people do want to come to Fiji.
07 Nov 2020 14:42
A-G, Koya Brief Savusavu Tourism On Help
From left: Namale Resort and Spa general manager, Bill Keefe, Savusavu Tourism Association vice president and Copra Shed Marina co-owner Geoff Taylor, Tourism Fiji chief operation manager, James Pridgeon, and Copra Shed Marina co-owner Tony Philp at Daku Resort in Savusavu on November 6, 2020.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister for Commerce, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya cleared the air with tourism leaders of Savusavu yesterday. The meeting at Daku Resort in Savusavu involved the Savusavu Tourism Association.

Mr Koya said: “We’ve now gone over 200 days without a case of COVID-19 outside border quarantine.

 

What we’re going to do

“International arrivals plunged 81 per cent in July, and 79 per cent in August, traditionally the two busiest months of the year.

“The drop until August represents 700 million fewer arrivals compared to the same period in 2019, a loss of US$730 billion (FJD One Billion Five Hundred Fifty-Five Million Six Hundred Thirty Thousand) in export revenues from international tourism.

“From January to September, visitor arrivals to Fiji dropped by 78.6 per cent, again, unprecedented.

“These are overwhelming numbers, but we aren’t here today to talk about what we’ve lost.

“We’re here to talk about what we’re doing to get the industry and the economy going again. As the situation evolved, so did our responses.”

Meanwhile, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum:  “There is renewed interest in Fiji and people do want to come to Fiji.

“We have the brand, foot prints and climate.”

 

Tavola Villa

Tavola Villa owner, Monica Laurence, asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for an update on Fiji Airways and whether they would continue flying commercially soon.

He responded saying Fiji Airways was badly hit.

“We have given various Government guarantee that the company will stay alive,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The last thing we want is for Fiji Airways to shut down.

 

Survival

“We have to make sure that national carrier survives.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the airline carried out freight flights across from Auckland, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.

Fiji Airways had recently recruited flight attendants, he said.

Savusavu Tourism Association vice president, Geoff Taylor,  said: “We hope that whatever we have discussed about the Blue Town project, marina, flights and business growth something great would happen.”

Feedback:  shratika.naidu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 



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