Four Queensland based personal travel managers experienced the very best of Fiji, on a recent mega famil hosted by Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways. Participants on the mega-famil were split into four, each enjoying a multi-itinerary famil experience of the Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands, Coral Coast and Fiji’s North. The eight-day famil itineraries were designed to ensure all participants, no matter where in Fiji they visited received a great insight into the amazing depth of product and diversity that Fiji represents.
Amanda Brady, representative for Wellington Point and Lillie Smith representative for Toowong, visited the iconic Mamanuca Island group.
For Brady it was her first time to the Mamanuca Islands.
“I didn’t really understand the proximity of each island to the mainland, the different styles of the resorts compared to those on the mainland and even the best way to get out to the islands! As a result I can now provide first hand tips and experience to my clients. Without doubt this was an extremely valuable trip for me as its personal recommendations that make all the difference.”
Likewise, for Denielle Rooney representative for Camp Mountain, it was also her first time experiencing the Coral Coast.
“Prior to this famil I had only seen Denarau, Nadi and the Mamanuca Islands. Because of my experience I have always recommended my clients go to the islands because it is the ‘island paradise’ that you picture when you think of Fiji. My view of the Coral Coast has changed completely, it is a visually stunning and culturally enriching wonderland.”
Gail Hughes, representative for Narangba absolutely loved her first Fijian experience.
“The Fijian people are friendly and very welcoming and I enjoyed the slow pace of life – it really is a perfect destination to relax and unwind. The day we spent on Robinson Crusoe Island was a fantastic way to be immersed in the traditional Fijian cultural and the snorkeling was great. I also really enjoyed the Sigatoka four wheel drive cave safari tour where I partook in my inaugural kava ceremony – I have to confess it is an acquired taste!”
Rooney found it difficult to choose a highlight from her adventure packed itinerary.
“There is such a diverse range of activities and landscapes from snorkelling in the incredible blue lagoons to zip lining above the lush rainforest. Riding dirt buggies up to an incredible clear and warm waterfall and swimming hole was a really fun experience as was jet boating up the Sigatoka River. For those who want more of an action packed holiday, the Coral Coast won’t disappoint.”
For Brady the standout highlight was taking part in the Flavours of Fiji Cooking School.
“Foodies will certainly not be disappointed. I can highly recommend a dining experience at First Landing Resort just a short drive from Nadi, the food there is simply exquisite. The ‘Flavours of Fiji’ cooking school in Denarau is a great way to enjoy trying the traditional Fiji and Indo-Fijian flavours in a fun and creative atmosphere.”
For Rooney it was travelling through the towns and villages every day that really gave her an insight into the real Fiji.
“You never tire of the local people, their beautiful smiles and the genuineness that greets you everywhere you go. Every single Fijian, no matter what they are doing will stop and wave at you and say ‘Bula’. They are such happy people, you may be a complete stranger but they will treat you as a long lost friend. It is this warm Fijian hospitality that really makes your holiday.”
The personal travel managers all agree that Fiji provide Australians a cultural, relaxing and great value for money holiday experience that cater for both couples and families.
“Fiji has so much to offer. Beautiful beaches, a great range of three to five star resorts, catering to adults only or families with with fantastic kids clubs and facilities as well as all-inclusive cruise options, something to suit every traveller and all budgets,” says Brady.
All famil groups come together on the final night, concluding with an evening farewell cocktail party at the Nadi Farmers Club.
“The final night get together was a fantastic way to learn more about the other areas of Fiji. From my own personal experiences and that of the other participants, I feel more aware of the many different products available in this region. I feel I confidently plan and implement my client’s holiday plans with ease now,” says Rooney.
TravelManagers offer personal travel managers a comprehensive educational programme to a variety of worldwide destinations in conjunction with preferred trade suppliers.
“TravelManagers prides itself on providing exceptional and personal customer service which comes from firsthand knowledge and experience. Educationals that allow immersion into a destination and products such as the Fiji mega famil are so important, which is why we proactively work to provide as many famil opportunities as possible,” says Michael Gazal TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager.
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