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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 3) – The concept of "Integrated Resort Development" is soon to be introduced in Fiji to allow several investors to share resources to build large tourism facilities in an area for their collective benefit.

It is hoped by the Tourism Ministry that the lower costs that would be incurred by each investor in such a group would attract more investors into the hotel industry.

According to the Ministry of Tourism's most recent Tri-Annual Bulletin, the concept represents what is most current in the global efforts by suppliers of tourism and travel products and services.

"It is the result of a continuous effort to best understand customers needs, plan and manage products and services developments so that maximum benefits to the customers are obtained," the bulletin said. "It allows for large tourism facilities and infrastructure in a special area. Different owners share costs and are able to pool resources together for collective benefit. It is like a small town or rural community."

An example of the new development approach is the Raddison Resort Fiji on Denarau Island in Nadi. It is developed by Tabua Investments, funded by Westpac and built by Fletchers.

[PIR editor’s note: Denarau island is located west of the city of Nadi, which is on the west coast of Viti Levu island in Fiji.]

October 4, 2005

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