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