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Fiji Sevens Versus The Travel Trade At FTE 2017

May 12, 2017 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

Last Thursday (4 May), Fiji’s national rugby sevens team got ‘in touch’ with international travel trade media and buyers at the fourth annual Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) hosted by Tourism Fiji.

The friendly game of touch-rugby held at sunset on the beach at Sheraton Fiji Resort was an undoubtedly a highlight of FTE 2017, complete with Fijian warrior referees and Denarau Island holidaymakers cheering on both teams.

Although the Olympic gold medal-winning Fiji Men’s sevens team ultimately won the match, spirits were high as the underdog team of international buyers and media made a break through when Australian journalist, Richard Bunting (Travel Monitor and Luxury Travel), scored an impressive try against the Olympic gold medal-winners.

The Fiji sevens faced-up against buyers and media from Australia, Sweden, France and India in the friendly match, which provided a great warm-up before the Fiji sevens left for Paris the next day (5 May), for the HSBC World Rugby sevens Paris leg.

With a record number of international buyers and travel trade media attendees, FTE 2017 has been hailed a great success.

Networking opportunities among international attendees and more than 100 Fijian operators were well-exploited at the two-day event on Denarau Island in Fiji. Furthermore, approximately 50 familiarisations for international buyers and media before and after FTE 2017 have been organised.

Matthew Stoekel, CEO of Tourism Fiji, said this year’s event facilitated the creation of invaluable local and international ties.

“FTE 2017 offered the chance for attendees to meet with representatives of some of Fiji’s newest properties like Kokomo Island Resort, Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay and Six Senses Fiji, educating international buyers on Fiji’s luxury property growth.”

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