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Economy Will Rake In $Millions With 75,000 Tourist Arrivals: Hill

“So if we stay the course and operate really well through December and January it is the kind of money that can come into our economy, which is really important, we have seen some resorts doing exceptionally well.
02 Dec 2021 11:14
Economy Will Rake In $Millions With 75,000 Tourist Arrivals: Hill
Tourism Fiji Chief Executive Officer Brent Hill during the opening of Fiji’s international borders at the Nadi International Airport in on December 1 2021. Photo- Leon Lord

With about 75,000 tourists expected to arrive into the country from this month going into next year, Fiji could rake in millions of dollars according to Tourism Fiji chief executive officer, Brent Hill.

Mr Hill said if tourists spend an average of $3500 in Fiji, a revenue of about $255 million would be brought in. He said this was important for the country’s economy.

“If those 75,000 spend the average that we expect in Fiji of around $3500 that’s $255 million,” he said.

“So if we stay the course and operate really well through December and January it is the kind of money that can come into our economy, which is really important, we have seen some resorts doing exceptionally well.

The resorts he mentioned are the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa, the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa including resorts in Denarau, Nadi.

“But what’s really interesting is that people are booking into places like Vanua Levu, Taveuni and even some of the places in the Mamanucas,” he said.

Aussie couples highly rate welcome into Fiji

Australian couple Mathew Brickwood and Danielle Connelly described their entry into the country as one of the best.

The couple, who reside in Blue Mountains, Sydney, were the first to make their grand entrance through the arrivals door after landing at the Nadi International Airport on the first international flight, Fiji Airways flight FJ914 yesterday.

They were greeted by live music and dances displayed by workers of Plantation Island Resort.

Mr Brickwood said he was happy to be in Fiji.

“That was the most amazing arrival we have ever had, we travel quite a lot and that performance was just out of this world,” he said. “Getting off the plane and walking through, everything was just absolutely fantastic.

Another Sydney couple, Ben Clark and wife Jo, who arrived with their children, Jack, 5 and Maya, 6, were all smiles upon arriving at the Nadi International Airport. Mr Clark said he booked his family’s tickets on the very day Fiji made the announcement of opening its international borders.

 



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