Mr Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, commenced his closing presentation of the Fijian Tourism Expo saying that the event has been exceptional from the fabulous opening ceremony, which underscored what Fijian Tourism epitomises, to an event-packed 3 days.
He said, “‘Fiji – where happiness finds you’ is not mere words for us, is it what we live and breathe, it is our togetherness, our solidarity and our ability to find similarities in our differences that has defied all odds and has enabled the emergence of the Fiji you see today.
“This is my first Fijian Tourism Expo as the Minister responsible for Tourism and I must say I am delighted with the overwhelming response received and look forward to seeing the results of the meaningful partnerships that have been created over the 3 days.”
“I am informed that 14,320 appointments were facilitated in the past 72 hours between buyers and sellers.” “This is an extraordinary achievement.”
“I am also pleased to also announce that our Fijian Crafted Village has received success with Fijian Crafted products have also established new market links with hotels, such as, Tokoriki Resort, Qamea Resort, Nanuku Resort Fiji, Castaway Island Resort and Matamanoa Island Resort.” “Pacific Destinations has also linked up with the crafters.” “Orders totalling approximately $7,500 have been already been placed with the crafters and Jacks of Fiji has signed on 2 artisans for the supply of crafts worth $6,000 a month.” “Furthermore, My Fiji Store, which undertakes online marketing, will promote Fijian potteries online, which is a first for our crafters.”
He added, “In the past 7 months, the tourism industry has experienced a surge of new investments mainly in properties around Nadi and other areas.”
“These are exciting times for Fiji’s tourism industry and the new developments will increase the overall room inventory and the number properties that will cater for the diverse needs of our visitors.”
“I wish to reiterate the point I made in my opening remarks on sustainable development and protection of the environment.” “We need to strike a balance between development to improve living standards for our people and the sustainability of the resources are being used for that development.”
“It is the responsibility of not only the Fijian Government but of each individual today – buyers, sellers and the media – to get the information out there on the absolute need to practice the sustainable utilisation of our resources so that they are protected for future generations.”
“Fiji has now embarked on this ‘Green Growth’ journey with a clear vision of where we want to go and how to get there.”
“With the use of the right technology and innovation, we need to work towards the “greening” of the tourism industry.” “I am proud to say that this has already begun, with resorts moving to the use of solar energy to reduce the use of non-renewable sources, and embracing measures to protect the marine environment such as mangroves, turtles and other marine species.” “Our pristine environment, diverse marine life, beautiful clear waters and clean surroundings are our natural branding strength in Fiji and we all need to work together to ensure that our global image is never tarnished.
Today, I had the pleasure of being part of the announcement of three new sustainable development projects by Outrigger Resort, which include – Talanoa Treks – Walking the Sustainability Talk, Mamanuca Environment Society – Keeping the Islands Pristine and Nukubati Island Resort – Protecting the Southern Hemisphere’s 3rd Largest Barrier Reef.
“I want to thank the exhibitors for supporting this year’s FTE.” “It is the only event that provides an open platform to promote Fiji as a tourist destination and from the feedback I’m receiving, the majority of you regard it as a worth-while investment and valuable opportunity to forge new business.”
“To the international buyers and media partners from all over the world, thank you for your efforts in marketing the unique experience that Fiji offers to people the world over.”
“I hope this Expo has renewed your appreciation of our diverse culture and our most prized asset – our people.” And as you prepare for your journey back to your respective countries, we hope you take with you not only the beautiful memories of our home, but also the range of activities and products that will enable you to market Fiji better – and make more profits.”
“This event would not have been possible without the support of the private sector.” “So we are proud of this public-private partnership that has given such a boost for the Fijian economy in its various sectors and industries.”
“Above all, I hope this has been a successful and enjoyable experience for you all.”
“For our visitors, I hope you have enjoyed our Fijian hospitality and we look forward to seeing you all again next year, along with as many new faces as possible.”
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Written by : John Alwyn-Jones