Australian tourists prefer Fiji, says Stoeckel

Australian tourists prefer Fiji, says Stoeckel

The Fiji Times – 12th October, 2018

AUSTRALIANS still prefer holidaying in Fiji despite stiff competition from destinations such as Bali, Indonesia, says Tourism Fiji CEO Matthew Stoeckel.

He made the comment during a presentation on the tourism industry at the 2018 Fiji Australia Business Forum last week.

“Through our research we know that 63 per cent of Australians say they will take a holiday to a beach or island destination in the next two years — so we’re still relevant among the considerations people make to take a holiday,” he said. Read more:

Media Release – InterContinental Fiji Wins Top Honours As Australasia’s 2018 Leading Family Resort

Media Release – InterContinental Fiji Wins Top Honours As Australasia’s 2018 Leading Family Resort

(NATADOLA, FIJI) Tuesday 9th October 2018 – InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is honoured to be awarded as Australasia’s Leading Family Resort at the 25th prestigious 2018 Annual World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony; held on 3rd September at the InterContinental Grand Standford Hong Kong. Find more: Media Release – InterContinental Fiji Wins Top Honours As Australasia’s 2018 Leading Family Resort

Dry Spell Alert

Dry Spell Alert

Disaster Management Office, 31 August, 2018 – This email serves to inform you on  the current dry weather condition.

  • The Meteorological Drought Information Bulletin issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service on August 3rd indicated July 2018 was significantly drier than normal across the Western Division and majority of the Northern division. The dry conditions extends to cover islands in the Eastern Division including Vunisea, Matuku and Lakeba that experienced less than half the normal rainfall recorded.
  • The Fiji Meteorological Service has put forward a Meteorological drought Watch that expands to cover 3-months timescale after drier than normal July. Meteorological Watch basically means that rainfall generally fall within the lowest 40% but excluding the lowest 25% of the historical record.
·        Timescale Sites in Meteorological Drought Sites in Meteorological Drought Warning Status Sites in Meteorological Drought Watch
3-month Labasa Airport, Penang Mill and Rotuma Matei Airfield and Seaqaqa Navua, Nacocolevu, Monasavu, Savusavu and Lakeba
6-month Matei Airfield, Savusavu Airfield and Rotuma Navua
12-month Savusavu Airfield Matei Airfield Rotuma

Source: Fiji Meteorological Service Climate Division.

  • The Divisional Commissioners are closely monitoring the situation on the ground. The NDMO requests clusters and partners to be prepared for emergency response upon request should there be a drought declared. For now water authority and commissioner’s office are carting water to the affected areas. We will keep you informed on the situation

Respectfully, for your information and necessary actions.

Further queries contact:

Prishika Nadan | A/SAO
National Disaster Management Office | Headquarters
Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development, National Disaster Management & Meteorological Services
3313400/ 3216450
info.mrmd@govnet.gov.fj

Munro Leys: Legal Alert: FRCS – New changes to penalty provisions are now even more challenging

As part of our membership benefits, we provide legal opinions on many areas of concern for clarification and interpretation

Munro Leys, has provided their legal alert on the New changes to penalty provisions which are now even more challenging.

The attached legal alert is exclusively for information purposes and should not be used or relied upon as a substitute for detailed advice or as a basis for formulating business decisions.

For further queries, clarification or assistance with other tax penalty matters please contact your client service personnel.

Attachment: Munro Leys: Legal Alert_FRCS grows more teeth [pdf]

Munro Leys: Legal Alert – Employment Relations (Budget Amendment) Act

As part of our membership benefits, we provide legal opinions on many areas of concern for clarification and interpretation

Munro Leys, has provided their legal alert  on the Employment Relations (Budget Amendment) Act.

The attached legal alert is exclusively for information purposes and should not be used or relied upon as a substitute for detailed advice or as a basis for formulating business decisions.

For further queries, clarification or assistance with other employment relations matters please contact your client service personnel.

Attachment: Munro Leys: Legal Alert_Employment Relations (Budget Amendment) Act [pdf]

Weather Forecast Issued 8am Tuesday, 31st July 2018

Weather Forecast for Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association
Issued 8am Tuesday 31st July 2018

Weather Situation – July is done and dusted now and there is still no sign of rain on the horizon. A broad high pressure ridge lies over waters mid-way between Fiji and NZ which continues to direct a stable southeast trade wind flow over Fiji. There are no significant weather systems active in the tropics at this time. Temperatures and humidity remain comfortably low.

For Fiji – Fine and mostly sunny. Mild days and cool nights with moderate southeast trade winds fresh through the inter island passages. Local sea breezes about the larger islands this afternoon. Low to moderate seas on coastal waters.

Outlook – Fine dry and sunny throughout again this week with light to moderate trade winds and coastal sea breezes. No sign of any significant rain on the horizon.

Sincerely,

NaDraki Weather

Weather Forecast Issued 8am Monday 30th July 2018

Weather Forecast for Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association
Issued 8am Monday 30th July 2018

Weather Situation – With just a few days of July left to run it is looking like being a below average rainfall month this year and there is still no sign of rain on the horizon. A broad high pressure ridge lies over waters mid-way between Fiji and NZ which continues to direct a stable southeast trade wind flow over Fiji. There are no significant weather systems active in the tropics at this time. Temperatures and humidity remain comfortably low.

For Fiji – Fine and mostly sunny. Mild days and cool nights with moderate southeast trade winds fresh through the inter island passages. Local sea breezes about the larger islands this afternoon. Low to moderate seas on coastal waters.

Outlook – Fine dry and sunny throughout again this week with light to moderate trade winds and coastal sea breezes. No sign of any significant rain on the horizon.

FBoS Release No. 48: Provisional Visitor Arrivals – June 2018

FBoS Release No. 48: Provisional Visitor Arrivals – June 2018

Provisional Visitor Arrivals from the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBoS) show that visitor arrivals for May 2018 totaled 81,653, which was a record of the month of June and represents an increase of 6.6% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from;

  • New Zealand
  • the United States of America
  • Pacific Islands
  • Canada
  • Rest of Asia
  • Continental Europe

Other decreases were recorded from;

  • Australia
  • China
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • South Korea

Read full Statistical News: FBoS Release 48, Provisional Visitor Arrivals – June 2018

Hotels push for Airbnb to cover more bed tax burden

Hotels push for Airbnb to cover more bed tax burden

New Zealand Herald, 16 July 2018 – Hotels and the tourism sector remain at loggerheads with Auckland Council over the controversial bed tax and one leading hotelier says politicians around the country have little understanding of how the sector works.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the new rate in Auckland on Airbnb falls ”dismally short” of the mark and fails to reduce unfairness for traditional accommodation providers.

While the council says it has listened to concerns and introduced a fairer system, TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said only around 9 per cent of Airbnb properties are caught by the extended tax. Read more…

Workmen’s Compensation Act repealed

Workmen’s Compensation Act repealed

The Fiji Times, 13 July 2018 – THE Workmen’s Compensation Act 1964 was successfully repealed in Parliament yesterday.

This allows for the facilitation of a comprehensive transition to the no fault compensation scheme, under the Accident Compensation Bill 2017 for work-related accidents.

With the enactment of the Bill to repeal the Workmen’s Compensation Act 1964, it gives the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji the reach to cover schoolyard injuries or classroom injuries for families who can benefit from the no fault scheme. The Accident Compensation Bill 2017 will allow for the extension of the no fault compensation scheme to accidents occurring on school premises. Read more…

Daylight Saving 2018

Daylight Saving 2018

Friday, 13 July 2018 – As per Government of Fiji Gazette Supplement no.23 dated 27 June 2018 by the Hon. Minister for Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate, Daylight Savings 2018 will commence from 2.00am on Sunday, 4th November 2018 and end on Sunday, 13th January, 2019.

Members of the Public will need to turn their clocks 1 hour forward on 4th November 2018 and back 1 hour on 13th January 2019.

Legal Notice 36: Daylight Saving Order 2018

Fiji Immigration Policy Change Regarding Work Permits

Fiji Immigration Policy Change Regarding Work Permits

As of 16 January 2018, the Fiji Immigration Department will no longer accept the following applications:

  • Short term work permit application – a permit given to an applicant for a term up to six months where the employer can show that the applicant’s expertise and knowledge is required urgently in Fiji; and
  • Extension of 14-day business visa – an extension of up to three (3) months granted by operation of Section 9 (2) (c) of the Immigration Act 2003.

The change in Fiji Immigration policy is as follows:

Fiji Immigration no longer allows further extensions past the maximum 12 weeks (3 months) to the 14 days Business Visa/Permit. This means that you can still come in on a Business Visa for 14 days and apply for the once -only extension of 3 months while you’re here. The applicant must produce a confirmed return ticket, certified copies of their passport(s) (bio-data page), evidence of sufficient funds for ones upkeep whilst in the country, and if approval is granted, the actual passport(s). The requisite fee is FJ$180 and the processing time for a business permit will be three working days. Once the 12 weeks/3months visa expires, the applicant must leave the country.

Those who intend to come to Fiji for work for terms up to or less than one year must apply for a Work Permit (formerly known as a Short Term Work Permit or STP) before entering Fiji. For these applicants, the only exception to the requirements is that there will be no need to advertise the position or pay a bond. However, the applicant must produce a return ticket and the processing time for a permit with a term of up to one year will be ten (10) working days. If you will require a further extension past the one year, it may be possible for the applicant to apply for an extension without having to leave the country. This extension application must be submitted at least 30 days PRIOR to the expiry of the applicant’s current work permit.

For work permit terms longer than 12 months, the position will need to be advertised and police and medical reports must be included with the application. There has not been any change to this permit which is usually referred to as a Long term Work Permit (LTWP) but is referred to by Immigration Fiji as a “Work Permit for Non-Citizen Skilled Contracted Workers” or “Time Post”. First time applications must be submitted while the applicant is out of the country and the processing time-frame of 21 days applies. Further extensions are only up to a maximum 3 years while the applicant is still in the country but must be submitted 30 days before the expiry of their current work permit. The only exception for an extension of the long term work permit is that you will not be required to re-submit a medical report. However, you will need to submit a FRCS Tax Compliance Certificate with the further extension application. This can usually be provided by FRCS within a day if you have met the Fijian tax requirements. Once the 3 year permit has expired, the applicant must leave the country. Any intention to extend their term past the 3 years requires the applicant to reapply for the appropriate Work Permit, depending on how long their term will be, from outside Fiji.

Please ensure documents are securely clipped together to avoid loose papers getting lost and we recommend a copy of all documents is retained by you. Applications are NOT submitted for the approval process if documents are still pending. If you add a required document later, the application time frame starts from THAT new date.

To ensure that all documents are submitted and there are no delays with your applications, FHTA has put together the attached checklist for Members to follow and check off.

Should you not hear back from the Immigration Department within the required time frames, do contact us with a copy of the receipt that clearly notes the lodgement date and application number.

Upload: Fiji Immigration Work Permits Application Checklist