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Protocols To Kickstart Island Tourism: Brent Hill

Local tourism can expect a kickstart through the recently announced protocols governing movement to outer islands. Tourism Fiji Chief Executive officer, Brent Hill, said the Government protocols issued last week
29 Sep 2021 10:15
Protocols To Kickstart Island Tourism: Brent Hill
Tourism Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Brent Hill.

Local tourism can expect a kickstart through the recently announced protocols governing movement to outer islands.

Tourism Fiji Chief Executive officer, Brent Hill, said the Government protocols issued last week were an interim measure.

“These protocols are simply to allow movement to outer islands in order to kick-start essential work around reopening tourism,” he said, while responding to queries from SunBiz.

“At 80 per cent fully vaccinated rate expected soon in October, less restrictive measures are expected to be put in place.

“These are just temporary measures to allow travel out to the islands, in order to help facilitate getting work done and movement to islands.”

 

Last week, the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association issued a newsletter which contained information on the Government’s protocols for movement concerning tourism service providers in the outer island.

“It’s just an interim measure to allow movement, safely, until we get to the 80 per cent mark,” Mr Hill said.

The penalties for non compliance are measures to keep everyone safe, particularly in the low vaccinated areas, he said.

 

Care Fiji Commitment Approved Operators
Close to 200 tourism operators are Care Fiji Commitment-approved.

Care Fiji Commitment-approved operators are recognised for maintaining the highest standard of hygiene against COVID-19.

In its most recent update, Tourism Fiji listed 194 tourism service providers as certified Care Fiji Commitment operators.

But not all 194 operators are registered with the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, an organisation that says it serves as the voice of the industry.

Tourism Fiji has more than 480 tourism operators registered in Fiji.

Some have closed following the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“At this stage, there are only a handful of properties or experiences that have indicated they have no plans to reopen,” Mr Hill said.

“Many more have COVID-safe plans, and are following COVID safe business protocols, which is ok.

“We do however, urge as many key business operations as possible to sign up for Care Fiji Commitment certification, as it is the highest standard, and can be used in advertising.”

Mr Hill said tourism operators who completed the Care Fiji Commitment, reported an increase in sales.

“There has also been a strong uplift in businesses applying to Tourism Fiji, and we encourage all businesses considering opening to tourists to apply.”

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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