FIJI SETS BILLION-DOLLAR TOURISM TARGET

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SUVA, Fiji (Radio Australia) – Fiji’s tourism industry has called for greater commitment from the government to reach its billion-dollar target.

A tourism forum now underway in the Northern town of Savu Savu has heard concerns against the government’s controversial decision to increase the value added tax on food, various essential items and other costs.

Major tourism players in Fiji say the increase would have direct implications on the cost of marketing in the country. They say the two percent tax increase will set back the tourism industry's aim to reach the billion-dollar mark by the year 2007.

The industry has proposed to the government to waive it’s A$10 million marketing investment to the Fiji Visitors Bureau in 2003 to enable it to form its international functions effectively. The tourism industry players have also called on the government to intensify its effort in resolving the Country’s worsening law and order situation, which has continued to

affect the tourism industry.

The industry is targeting a net revenue of A$546-million in 2003

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