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Tourist numbers, earnings rise in 2016

 

Aug 03, 2016 05:33:18 PM

Tourist numbers, earnings rise in 2016 Fiji’s tourism industry has surpassed last year’s first quarter visitor arrival numbers and earnings.

Total earnings for the first quarter 2016 is $340.9 million, which is a 9.7 percent increase compared to 2015, while total visitor arrivals stood at 158,069 compared to 143,447 in 2015.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya while revealing the statistics during the launch of the 2016 Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards (FETA) in Nadi said Fiji has created a strong position for itself in a highly competitive global tourism market and this has been possible through the collective efforts of the industry.

“Following Cyclone Winston, the industry gelled together and partnered with the Fijian Government to ensure that business continued as usual with the Tourism Action Group focussing on strategizing and strengthening the tourism sector to ensure that the visitor numbers do not decline and today the numbers are a clear indication of the excellent work of the industry,” he said.

Meanwhile the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards which will be held on February 17, 2017 will include approximately 13 categories, which are designed to cover all aspects of the tourism industry with categories reviewed from time to time in accordance with industry trends to continue to build excellence in the industry.

Minister Koya said that with the applications for the 2016 FETA being launched, this was an opportunity to give recognition to the businesses and their staff for the exceptional work undertaken that has made the industry what it is today.

“Through these awards we honour the individuals and companies who diligently work to provide our visitors an enjoyable and memorable experience,” Minister Koya said.

“These contributions not only benefit their host communities but support the livelihood of our local people, protect our environment, culture and our future generations.”

FETA is widely recognised as the flagship of the tourism industry and gives recognition to the industry players for their contribution to excellence in the Fijian tourism industry.

By Reginald Chandar

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