FHTA HR/IR Workshop in Savusavu

FHTA has the opportunity to access a HR/IR consultant and provide a 1 day workshop in Savusavu on the 5th of December that is usually provided for our members on the mainland. He will take your HR Managers/ GM’s through the ERA amendments that came through the 2019 National Budget (Family care leave,etc), provide background understanding on the new Accident Compensations Act and provide real case examples of how to deal with Industrial Relations & Labour Department issues.
The workshop will run from am to pm (although our experience has been that all sessions run over time because he very generously provides time to answer questions on individual cases).
Key Benefits
– 2019 Employment Relations Act Amendments – including Policies on family Care Leave in your HR Policies
– Accident compensation Act – employer expectations
– Managing Industrial Relations & Labour Department issues

Savusavu Training:
Dates: 5th December, 2019
Venue: Hot Springs Hotel
Fees: $100VIP

This training is limited 20 places on first come basis.

Taveuni -Occupational Health and Safety Training [OHS Module I & II]

The Health & Safety at Work (Training) Regulations 1997 requires basic training for managers, supervisors and workers.

In line with these regulations, the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations requires that businesses have a Safety Management System (SMS) in place that governs the workplace OHS practices.
The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association  in support of this is providing the OHS Module I & II training to the members of  Hotel Association. It also provides for a day-long refresher course for health and safety representatives and committee members.

Key Benefits
·       Promotes productivity and training efficiency for the organization
·       Promote awareness on health and safety in the workplace
·       Compliance to government OHS legislations and policies
·        Learners receive certification based on training days attended.

FHTA has also developed a template SMS document that members can adopt and participants are encouraged to utilise the OHS training to ensure that the documentation requirements are understood and implemented effectively. You may download the template Safety Management System document here.

The Association recommends that members attend these awareness sessions and send senior members of their HR teams to ensure business understand the amendments & implications.

Taveuni Training:
Dates: 26 – 28th November, 2019
Venue: Garden Island Resort
Fees: $200VIP

This training is limited 20 places on first come basis.

 

CFF Culinary Masters – HOTEC Live Stadium Kitchen

CFF Culinary Masters – HOTEC Live Stadium Kitchen

The Culinary Federation of Fiji, in conjunction with the Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association, is proud to announce a new culinary event at this year’s HOTEC trade show on November 7th & 8th, 2019 at Sheraton Fiji.

Objectives:
Demonstrate that a dish is not just how it tastes – you should be able to see, hear, smell and touch food as well to make it a truly gastronomic experience.

Prize by Culinary Federation of Fiji:

  • 2019 Culinary Master of the Year Trophy
  • $2,000 Cash & other prizes

Competition Rules:

  • The mystery box ingredients must be the hero of the dish, which can be an appetizer or main course
  • Competitors must bring their own knives and any specialized tools to accentuate their dishes – but no food ingredients.
  • There will be 6 x 1hr rounds each day beginning at 8 am. On the final day, the two top-scoring chefs will be invited back to battle it out in a grand finale with the hardest mystery box ingredients.
  • Two chefs will be selected to compete in each round, and have one hour to present a completed dish.
  • In the following round, another two chefs will compete but with different mystery ingredients.

Entry Criteria:

  • Experienced chefs who have reached a level of skill to be considered a master in their kitchen
  • Deep understanding of Fijian gastronomy and the different uses of our most exotic produce
  • Executive chefs or sous chefs, and chefs who have successfully competed and won medals at the annual Salon Culinaire.
  • Only 12 chefs will be selected based on experience and accolades.

Culinary Masters Challenge 2019 Application Form is only available to CFF Members who are currently logged into our member’s network. Our quick online registration is a requirement to apply and participate in the above competition.

Entries close on 1st November 2019.

Entry details can be viewed HERE

Bed Making and Table Napkin Folding Competition – Registrations now open!

Bed Making and Table Napkin Folding Competition – Registrations now open!

Calling all Housekeeping & Food and Beverage teams to register. Show us your skills, Have Fun.

Napkin Folding Competition – Culinary Skills Challenge

Individual Competition

The participant will be executing Three (3) Folds

  • One Dinner Plate
  • Beverage Glass
  • Small Centerpiece

Time: 5 Minutes

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Each participant should be wearing a complete and proper F&B uniform.
  • The materials and equipment for the competition will be provided.
  • All participants are responsible for the materials or equipment. Organizers will not be held liable for any loss or broken tools and equipment.
  • Participants should be at the venue 1 hour prior to the time of the event.
  • The judges’ decision is always final and irrevocable.

CRITERIA                                                                                            

  • Time                                                 
  • Quality – Neatness, Accuracy
  • Effect – Innovation & Appearance       

Bed Making Competition

Individual Competition

Time: 5 Minutes

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Each participant should be wearing a complete and proper Housekeeping uniform.
  • The materials and bed for the competition will be provided.
  • All participants are responsible for the materials or equipment. Organizers will not be held liable for any loss or broken tools and equipment.
  • Participants should be at the venue 1 hour prior to the time of the event.
  • The judges’ decision is always final and irrevocable.

CRITERIA                                                                                            

  • Time                                                 
  • Quality – Neatness, Accuracy
  • Effect – Innovation & Appearance        

Entry Closes at 4 pm on 6th November 2019. There are No Entry Fees and open to FHTA Members only.

Interested participants are requested to fill in the registration form below;

FHTA Charity Golf Day 2019

FHTA Charity Golf Day 2019

The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association is proud to announce that it will host a Charity Golf Day in aid of the Saint Christopher’s Home to assist them with funding to build a Boy’s Home at their property in Suva.

Scheduled for Saturday November 9th, 2019 at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, participants will enjoy 18 holes of magnificent golf with all proceeds going toward a good cause.

First Team Prize:

  • Fiji Airways Business Class Round Tickets
  • Any Fiji Airways Prime Destination
  • Includes Government Taxes and surcharges
  • Validity till 31 Oct 2020

Second Team Prize:

  • 4 x Luxury Resort Accommodation Vouchers
  • 2 nights accommodation each
  • Prize values are approximately $3,000 each

Third Team Prize:

  • 4 x Luxury Resort Accommodation Vouchers
  • 2 nights accommodation each
  • Prize values are approximately $2,000 each

Fourth Team Prize:

  • 4 x Full Day Cruises
  • Includes all food & drinks on the island

Registrations are now open, and organisations can opt not only to participate, but become Hole Sponsors and enjoy added benefits!

How to participate

You can become a Hole Sponsor for FJD 3,000. The benefits of being a Hole Sponsor are listed below:

  • Ground signage on their appointed hole
  • Inclusion of promotional items in participant complimentary bags
  • Logo placement in all advertising and promotional material leading up to the event
  • Acknowledgement at the tournament presentation
  • 1 x 4 players (corporate team) to participate in the FHTA Charity Golf Day at no cost

You can register a corporate team of 4 players for FJD 1,500 (this registration fee is waived for Hole Sponsors). All corporate teams will enjoy:

  • 18 holes at the Denarau Championship Golf Course
  • Combined 2 Ball Ambrose
  • Delicious BBQ Buffet lunch
  • 2 hour cocktail with finger foods at awards presentation

If you would like to learn more about being a Hole Sponsor, please contact the Executive Officer via email at eo@fhta.com.fj who will provide you with a sponsorship proposal to consider.

If you would like to register a corporate team for FJD 1,500 please fill in the registration form below.

TRAINING: Employer Supported Childcare and Workplace Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, with support of the Australian Government, and in collaboration with the Fiji Human Resources Institute (FHRI) is launching a Peer Learning Series to help companies to Enable a Safe, Family Friendly and Productive Workplace.
The launch of this Learning Series follows publication of two IFC reports earlier this year:

The learning series will comprise of a two stream face-to-face series of workshops from November 2019 – June 2020 to be delivered both in Suva and the Western Division. The two streams will be the i. Business Case for Employer Supported Childcare and the ii. Business Case for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence. The sessions will provide participating companies with practical tools and resources to help them implement family friendly and/or domestic and sexual violence workplace solutions.

IFC and the Fiji Human Resources Institute (FHRI) are calling for Expressions of Interest from companies to participate in this Peer Learning Series. Companies have the option to participate in one or both learning streams at either locations or both, whichever would suit your employees attendance.

To help facilitate this process, please take this short survey on your company’s potential interest to participate.

Double click on link below to access the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YSQ9ZLG

The Survey will close on Monday 21 October 2019. Please note your prompt completion of the Survey would help us determine estimated number of participating companies for logistical arrangements required for the Kick-off workshop scheduled for 5th November, Western Division and 6th November for Suva, Central.

For further enquiries please contact IFC’s Lilika Fusimalohi on email lfusimalohi@ifc.org or FHRI’s Suka Salusalu on email

TRAINING: Trafficking in the Tourism Industry

Human trafficking and child sex exploitation is seldom spoken about in Fiji but tourism establishments are often ideal locations for these crimes to be perpetuated. Indeed, studies done in several countries found that more than 80% of commercial sex (often with children) takes place in hotels.
A local NGO, Pacific Dialogue Limited, in partnership with the BEST (Business Ending Slavery & Trafficking) company in the United States, has developed a training package for businesses (including hotels) that would help staff to recognise the signs of human and sex trafficking and provide staff with tools on how to handle situations they identify.
The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) strongly condemns the practice of human and sex trafficking so we encourage our members to take advantage of this awareness and training package to better equip staff to make a difference in the fight to eliminate these practices and protect Fiji’s young people.
Be aware: Fiji’s Crimes Decree/Act 2009 identifies very serious penalties for traffickers and people/companies permitting or engaging in trafficking activities.
About Pacific Dialogue
Pacific Dialogue Limited is a non-government organisation committed to and passionate about working with communities, companies and organisations in raising awareness aimed at stopping human trafficking and commercial sex exploitation of children in Fiji.
About the training
The training involves completing questionnaires, listening to speakers and discussion, watching training videos and learning about relevant laws. The information includes real life accounts, scenario enactments in a tourism setting, and recognising behaviours that may indicate trafficking.
The training is over the course of one half-day and participants will be issued a certificate by BEST in recognition of their training.
Cost
For delivery within the Suva area – $450 per session
For delivery outside of Suva – $520 per session (an ‘over-night’ rate can be discussed, if required).
Contact Details
If you are interested in running this training for your staff, or if you would like further information, please contact Dr Patricia Kailola, or Ro Keleraani Kunahau, on (email) talanoa.pacificdialogue@gmail.com, or telephone 4500891(o) of 9322417(m)
Further information

Pacific Dialogue Ltd has provided FHTA with the attached supporting information:

REPORT: RBF Economic Review

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has published the Economic Review for the month ended August 2019.

Some highlights of the report are:

  • New investment lending by commercial banks fell by -25.9% cumulative to July due to a decline in lending to both the real estate and new lending by commercial banks for consumption purposes declined by -1.5%.
  • Annual inflation fell by 0.7% in July lower than the 2.8.1% in June but lower than the 4.7% in July last year.
  • Liquidity grew by 16.7% in July to $506.6m due to the increase in foreign reserves (and anecdotal information that there has been slower lending from banks).
  • Over the month of July, the Fiji dollar strengthened against the Australian dollar (+0.9%), Euro (0.9%) and the New Zealand dollar(0.3%) but weakened against the US dollar (-1.0%) and the Japanese Yen (-0.2%)

View the full report here.

REPORT: UNWTO International Tourism Highlights

The World Tourism Organisation has published the 2019 edition of the International Tourism Highlights.

Some highlights of the report are:

  • International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2018 to reach 1.4 billion which was 2 years ahead of the UNWTO forecast figure.
  • Interesting to note that Asia and the Pacific recorded the highest growth in arrivals as well as above-average growth in tourism earnings.
  • Tourism generates USD 5 billion a day in exports.

View the full report here.

REPORT: FBoS Tourism Earnings – June 2019 (2nd Quarter)

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics has released the Tourism Earnings Report for the second quarter of 2019.

Some highlights from the report:

  • June Quarter Tourism Earnings has experienced a positive growth of 10.1% compared to the 2018 June Quarter, moreso higher than the March Quarter of 2019.
  • Major changes in earnings recorded by Australia (up by 6.5%), NZ (up by 10.6%), USA (up by 24.4%) and China (down by 0.9%).
  • The mentioned countries accounted for 81.6% of earnings in the June quarter of 2019, a decrease of 0.5% when compared to the June quarter of 2018.
  • With regards to source market spending trends, Australian visitors accounted for 40.2% of total arrivals to Fiji and 43.13% of total spending by visitors in June 2019

View the full report here.

REPORT: The Enabling Environment for Disaster Risk Financing in Fiji: Country Diagnostics Assessment

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is working on a range of initiatives to enhance the financial management of disasters in its developing member countries. These initiatives are intended to facilitate more timely post-disaster response, in turn reducing the adverse economic and social impacts of disasters.

As part of a  technical assistance project on Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Disaster Risk Financing, ADB has undertaken a country diagnostics assessment of the enabling environment for disaster risk financing in Fiji. This assessment reviewed the current disaster risk financing landscape and enabling environment in Fiji and presented recommendations to enhance the current environment and strengthen the financial management of disasters.

The assessment is based on a modified version of the W&W Development Framework for accommodating international best practice, as well as public and private sector stakeholders’ inputs. This framework allows insight into existing or perceived demand and supply barriers shaping and, in part, restricting the development of an enabling environment for DRF in Fiji.

Within this framework, six areas relevant to the development of insurance and capital market solutions for DRF are reviewed: government policy; social protection policy; unlicensed competition; economic conditions; credibility of the insurance, reinsurance, and capital markets providers; and product appeal.

A risk-layered structure is proposed for the stimulation, development, and implementation of financially sustainable and scalable DRF strategies and solutions in Fiji. The assessment identifies gaps and opportunities for enhancing the enabling environment for public sector

View the full report here.

Occupational Health and Safety Training [OHS Module I & II]

The Health & Safety at Work (Training) Regulations 1997 requires basic training for managers, supervisors and workers.

In line with these regulations, the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations requires that businesses have a Safety Management System (SMS) in place that governs the workplace OHS practices.
The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation in support of this is providing the OHS Module I & II training to the members of both the Federation and Hotel Association. It also provides for a day-long refresher course for health and safety representatives and committee members.

Key Benefits
·       Promotes productivity and training efficiency for the organization
·       Promote awareness on health and safety in the workplace
·       Compliance to government OHS legislations and policies
·        Learners receive certification based on training days attended.

FHTA has also developed a template SMS document that members can adopt and participants are encouraged to utilise the OHS training to ensure that the documentation requirements are understood and implemented effectively. You may download the template Safety Management System document here.

The Association recommends that members attend these awareness sessions and send senior members of their HR teams to ensure business understand the amendments & implications.

Nadi Training:
Dates: 17 – 19 Sept, 2019
Venue: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau
Fees: $200VIP

Savusavu Training:
Dates: 20 – 22 Sept, 2019
Venue: Cakaudrove Provincial Office
Fees: $200VIP

 

This training is limited 30 places on first come basis.

 

 

Extension of Deadline – VAT Monitoring System

FRCS Public Notice

In light of the many requests received from the business community to extend the implementation period for Phase III, the Fiji Revenue & Customs Service has agreed to extend the deadline for Phase III. However, to ensure systematic compliance and avoid the rush to the last minute, all businesses and operators that fall within Phase III are requested to achieve the 3 stages of sub-compliance within the stipulated timeframe. These stages pertain to:

(1) Registration:
All businesses & operators that fall within Phase III and POS suppliers must register for EFD with FRCS before 31st of October 2019.

(2) Supplier/Software Accreditation:
The business/operator or its solution provider (POS supplier) should complete the accreditation of their software via the Tax Core administration portal https://eservices.frcs.org.fj/EFD. This stage also involves the submission of an implementation plan to FRCS. The implementation plan must outline the timeframe as to when the taxpayer will become EFD compliant. The implementation plan is to be submitted to FRCS before 31st December 2019.

(3) Compliance with EFD
All taxpayers that fall within phase III are to be fully compliant before 30th April 2020. This means that taxpayers must have installed, implemented and begun to operate EFD devices. FRCS may pursue compliance tools such as infringement notices or prosecution of those taxpayers who are not EFD compliant by this deadline.

If you need assistance please email your queries to efdenquiry@frcs.org.fj

Members are able to view the full public notice on the FRCS website, linked here.

Fiji National Productivity Master Plan 2021 – 2036

FNU College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies

APO

Fiji has developed a 20-Year Development Plan (2017–2036) and a comprehensive 5-Year Development Plan (2017–2021).

The 20-year plan places “Productivity” as a priority area in the context of planning for “Inclusive Socio-economic Development and Transformational Strategic Thrusts.”

Productivity is a key factor for Fiji to raise living standards, improve people’s ability to purchase goods and services and helps businesses to be more profitable, and generally contribute towards future economic growth.

A fifteen (15)-Year National Productivity Master Plan (NPP 2021–2036) has been developed through the collaboration of the Asian Productivity Organisation. Read more…

Employer Tax Incentives for Training & Employee Leave

Employer Tax Incentives for Training & Employee Leave

Employment Taxation Scheme

The Employment Taxation Scheme (ETS) is an incentive made available to income tax payers who can claim the deduction in their Income Tax returns. The deduction is specifically related to the amount paid for training.

150% Tax Deduction

This provided to employers for the cost of employee training through accredited training providers.For this end-of-financial year claim, employers must submit the confirmation form or letter from the training provider that must have the following information:

  • Confirm that the training provider (or institution) has an approval (registration or letter) from the Fiji Revenue & Customs Services (FRCS). (FRCS approval is required)
  • Confirm that FNU has certified the trainer or institution
  • Other relevant information like the number of people trained

The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) and the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF) are working with FRCS on a form to make the claim simpler. It is recommended that any other training provider being used, be requested to provide this to enable employers to claim this 150% tax deduction as well.

150% is added to the cost of the training for the actual claim with the evidence of the training and its approval (accredited trainers & institutions).

Paternity & Family Care Leave

The 150% Tax deduction is also claimable for the amount of any salary or wages paid to an employee during the 5 working days that the employee took family care leave or the number of days taken for Paternity Leave. An example of the calculation is provided below:

Employee Leave Total Leave Days Taken Daily Rate Total Leave Paid Claimable Amount (150%)
Entitlement Taken
Ben 5 4 4 $100 $400 $600
John 5 2 2 $100 $200 $300
Jane 5 5 5 $100 $500 $750
Total Amount Claimable $1,650

FNU Training Levy Reminder

Members are reminded that 1% Training Levy is still applicable and should have received a reminder on this payment that was due by 31st March 2019.

Effective 1st January 2019, the 1 % levy payable by employers is now being directed into the following:

  1. 50% of the Levy goes to the Government Funded Medical Scheme.
  2. 40% of the Levy goes to Fund the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji (ACCF).
  3. 10% of the Levy goes to fund the FNU/NTPC Training Levy under the Grants Scheme 5 Guidelines.
  • A maximum of 90% of your levy is grant claimable by employers (of the 10% portion only). If your levy is $10,000, your maximum claim is $900.