Fiji Tourism Properties Open For Business

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Some damage, power outages, no visitors hurt in cyclone

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 26, 2016) – Fiji tourist properties are open for business, says Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto.

"Some properties have suffered some damage and apart from clearing foliage and trees, repairs are continuing and most hotels and resorts are operational," he said.

Mr Seeto added that the only issue some properties faced was the access to FEA power and having to maintain supply through standby generators.

[PIR editor’s note: On Feb. 26, 2016 Fiji Times reported that ‘No tourist was hurt during the wrath that Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston caused in Fiji. ... Minister for Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu said tourists were safe and well looked after.’]

"We are grateful for the support of Government and Airports Fiji Ltd for the speedy return of operations and to Fiji Airways for the quick return to normal schedules.

"These are critical for visitors to be able to go home and to bring in tourists to Fiji."

Mr Seeto said the tourism industry was critical to the national economy in terms of employment and foreign exchange.

"Through the collecting of various taxes for Government especially during this time will enable it to enhance its relief programs," he said.

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