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.

USP: Assistance with Placements for Hotel Management Interns 2020

USP: Assistance with Placements for Hotel Management Interns 2020

University of the South Pacific, 03 October 2019 – The School of Tourism & Hospitality Management at the University of the South Pacific successfully concluded its Annual Careers Fair at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa on Friday, September 27th on World Tourism Day.

While industry reps are still reviewing their interviews with the Hotel Management interns and will confirm their intakes soon, the School extends an invitation to other industry partners to step forward to support the internship programme and mentor future tourism & hospitality personnel.

Currently there are 33 interns, 11 of which are final year interns, who upon completing their 12 months internship next year are free to continue as permanent employees. These students weren’t able to serve an internship this year due to personal reasons but have added value to their year by gaining work experience, OPERA training and Basic First Aid Training. They are computer literate and are recommended by the School.

Twenty two interns will be 3rd year students next year and will return after their 12 months internship in 2020 to complete their final year at USP (2021). The Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management is a 4-year programme.

Biodata for all these interns are available upon request.

For more information, please contact Ella Bennion at USP directly via email to

Is Your Business Disaster Ready?

Is Your Business Disaster Ready?

PIPSO, 30 September 2019 – We (the Pacific) are two months away from the start of the official hurricane season. Usually November to April being the dreaded period.

As a business, have you worked on your Business Continuity Plan? Have you discussed with your staff what to do when a disaster strikes? This is important both for the business and for your staff – so they can prepare not just for the business/where they work, but the information on preparedness can help them in preparing and safeguarding their own household and community.

Check out the BCP toolkits on the PIPSO website here.  Alternatively, reach out to your PIPSO member in-country (ie. Chambers of Commerce, Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation, CPME New Caledonia and French Polynesia, Australia-Pacific Islands Business Council, PCF NZ, for more information)

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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.



HOTEC 2019 Tradeshow | Exhibitors

HOTEC 2019 Tradeshow | Exhibitors


Fiji’s largest trade event for the tourism and hospitality sectors, HOTEC, takes place from 7th to 8th November 2019 at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau, Fiji.

The event is an unparalleled opportunity for local and international business people in the hospitality, equipment, food & beverage, food service, and packaging industries to scope local markets, establish new trade relationships and broaden their presence within Fiji.

Show highlights include its scope, with approximately 30 national and international exhibitors in the largest convention space in Fiji cementing its place as the premier opportunity to exhibit to those who matter. A floor space stretching across a total area of 18,891 sq ft (1,755m²), HOTEC will boast exhibitors relevant to all aspects of the hospitality, food service and, hotel and accommodation industry.

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HOTEC 2019 Tradeshow | Extra Delegates

HOTEC 2019 Tradeshow | Extra Delegates

Register for an Extra Delegate*

Once you have submitted your online Registration for a booth at this years HOTEC event and wish to add an additional member or more of the team, no problem! Bring the team at only $650 per person (FJD)

Extra Delegate Packages include;

● 1 x additional chair per additional delegate
● 1 x Delegate Name Badge per delegate
● Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea for the 2 day trade show
● Access to all free events associated with HOTEC 2019
● 1 x Ticket for the Networking Cocktail on the final evening Read more

Membership Continuation for 2020

Membership Confirmation for 2020

The following membership forms serves as a confirmation from members on whether or not they wish to continue their membership in 2020. Note: Sections with the (*) are required fields which must be completed.
  • Name as registered with FHTA
  • Please select from the dropdown whether or not you wish to continue your membership in 2020
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

Daylight Saving 2019

Daylight Saving 2019

Friday, 2nd August, 2019 – As per Government of Fiji Gazette Supplement no.27 dated 2 August 2019 by the Hon. Minister for Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations, Praveen Bala, Daylight Savings 2019 will commence from 2.00am on Sunday, 10th November 2019 and end on Sunday, 12th January, 2020.

Members of the Public will need to turn their clocks 1 hour forward on 10th November 2019 and back 1 hour on 12th January 2020.

Legal Notice 66: Daylight Savings Order 2019