Resorts hailed for conservation

Tavarua Island Resort

The Fiji Times – 24 January, 2020

Hotels and resorts contribute greatly to Fiji’s marine conservation efforts, says Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau.

During a recent visit to Tavarua Island Resort in the Mamanuca Group, Mr Koroilavesau said the ministry had been trying its best to restock reefs around the country that had depleted resources.

Mr Koroilavesau said through their many co-operations with resorts around the country, they had achieved this task.

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Tourism Fiji Announces First Bulanaires for 2020!

Tourism Fiji Announces First Bulanaires for 2020!

Media Release – 24 January 2020

Tourism Fiji is excited to announce Mr Amos Abhishek Daniel of Captain Cook Cruises Fiji as its first Bulanaire for 2020! Phase two of the campaign launched in November 2019 following the success of the Bulanaires 2019 campaign.

Phase two of the program has been extended to Fiji’s tourism operators to nominate a member of their team to become a Bulanaire and participate directly in the campaign.

Amos was nominated by Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Managing Director, Ms. Jacqueline Charlton who said, “He is the most passionate, articulate and dedicated Marine Biologist. He has the big bula smile and goes above and beyond to ensure our passengers have a fun, meaningful experience in Fiji.

Ms Charlton added, “He has worked with us since completing his studies and thrown himself into life aboard Reef Endeavour and at Tivua Island by not only guiding and lecturing to our passengers about the ocean, but also participating with the crew in Cultural dance and activities. This is illustrated by constant mentions by name in our feedback forms and online review forums.”

Amos, who hails from the soccer-crazed town of Ba in the Western Division, is the eldest in his family and has two other siblings. When asked what’s the best part of his job, Amos replied, “Teaching guests more about the ocean and seeing the excitement on their faces when they go snorkelling or diving and can identify the various fish or coral that they have learnt about. It’s really very rewarding for me to be able to impart that knowledge and share that with guests.”

Tourism Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Matthew Stoeckel said, “We’re excited to have Amos as our first Bulanaire and look forward to working with him and the team at Captain Cook Cruises Fiji this year. We cannot wait to share Fiji’s Bula Spirit with the world through our Bulanaires Campaign and celebrate the amazing role they play in our tourism industry.”

The selected Bulanaires will work with Tourism Fiji to help share the ‘Bula Spirit’ with the world and reinforce why Fiji is the place where happiness finds you. To nominate a Bulanaire, please visit fiji.travel/Bulanaires.

About Us: Tourism Fiji, is the Fijian government’s agency responsible for marketing Fiji as the ideal destination for leisure travel to the world, with a view to maximise the number of visitors to Fiji. Tourism Fiji has established a presence in eight key markets around the globe and its activities include advertising, public relations and media programs, trade shows and programs for the tourism industry and consumer

For more information please contact:

Ellen Magnus
Tourism Fiji
Communications Coordinator
Mobile: (679) 7777912
Work: (679) 6722433
Email: estolz@tourismfiji.com.fj

Tourism Fiji collaborates with TV Program Tabi Salada to inspire Japanese audience to visit Fiji

Tourism Fiji collaborates with TV Program Tabi Salada  to inspire Japanese audience to visit Fiji

Tourism Fiji Media Release – 22 January, 2020

Tourism Fiji is pleased to announce that the Japanese popular TV program Tabi Salada will feature Fiji weekly from January 18th to February 15th, 2020.  Tourism Fiji has been working with Tabi Salada on introducing the attractiveness of Fiji since 2019.

The episodes will feature all aspects of Fiji, from where to stay and visit, what to eat, where to shop as well as local customs so viewers can look forward to and be inspired to visit Fiji.

Tabi Salada has been broadcast nationally by All Nippon News Network (ANN) every Saturday morning since 1993 and is one of the most popular travel programs in Japan with approximately 4 million viewers. This program introduces travel information on both domestic and international destinations in 20 minute segments, usually covering one destination over 4 weeks.

Tourism Fiji Regional Manager Asia, Ms. Kathy Koyamaibole said, “We are delighted that Tabi Salada will feature Fiji and show Japanese audiences what they can do in Fiji.  We welcome everyone to come find their happiness in Fiji “

 

The schedule of the broadcasting of Tabi Salada is below:

Program Name:Tabi Salada

Broadcast Station:Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcast Date and Time:Saturdays, 08:00am-09:30am

 

1st Episode               18th JAN. 2020

2nd Episode              25th JAN. 2020

3rd Episode               1st FEB. 2020

4th Episode               15th FEB. 2020

5th Episode               22nd FEB. 2020

Program Website:https://www.asahi.co.jp/tsalad/

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Ellen Magnus

Tourism Fiji

Communications Coordinator

Phone: (679) 6722433

Mobile: (679) 7777912

Email: estolz@tourismfiji.com.fj

 

Or

 

Tomoko Koyama

Tourism Fiji Japan office

PR Manager

Phone: +81 (3) 62730212

Mobile:+81 (3) 53631118

Email: tkoyama@aviareps.com

Lala Sowane appointed to FRCS Board

Lala Sowane appointed to FRCS Board

Fiji Sun – 9 January, 2020

Fay Yee, a local accomplished chartered accountant, has been appointed as chairperson of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Revenue board. The partner at Fay Yee & Company replaces outgoing Board chairman Ajith Kodagoda, who was appointed in July, 2011.

Mr Kodagoda and Board director Faiz Khan’s term have ended. Mr Khan was appointed in September, 2010.

Joining Ms Yee on the board are Governor of Reserve Bank of Fiji Ariff Ali, businesswoman Lala Sowane and consultant and chartered accountant Mahmood Khan.

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Media Release No. 54: Fiji is expected to be on Tropical Cyclone Alert from this evening

Media Release No. 54: Fiji is expected to be on Tropical Cyclone Alert from this evening

Media Release – 15th January 2020

At midday today, tropical disturbance TD04F was located near 13.1 south latitude, 170.4 east longitude or about 725km west of Rotuma. Close to its centre TD04F is expected to have average winds of up to 40km/hr with momentary gusts to 60km/hr.

TD04F is expected to gradually intensify into a tropical depression by this evening and expected to further intensify into a category 1 cyclone by tomorrow evening.

TD04F is currently moving eastwards at about 19km/hrs. On this track the centre is expected to be located about 580km west of Rotuma at 12am tomorrow and about 374km west of Rotuma at 12pm tomorrow.

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Prepare for Bad Weather and store drinking water: WAF Urges Fijians

Prepare for Bad Weather and store drinking water: WAF Urges Fijians

Media Release – 14th January 2020

Fijians are being urged to store drinking water by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) in light of another tropical depression which is expected to turn into a cyclone, bringing adverse weather to the Fiji group.

WAF CEO, Mr Barry Omundson urged Fijians to boil and store drinking water for consumption as adverse weather may affect WAF’s services in some areas.

“Our teams will once again work around the clock to maintain good water supply throughout Fiji, however, we ask that all Fijian families be prepared and take every precaution,” Said Mr Omundson. Read more…

Australia bushfires: Victorian towns far from fires struggle to attract tourists

Australia bushfires: Victorian towns far from fires struggle to attract tourists

Domain – 14th January 2020

Last week the US updated its travel advice for Australia, telling citizens to exercise “increased caution” due to the bushfires, which have destroyed more than 2000 homes and claimed 27 lives across the country.

Affected areas in Victoria included East Gippsland and the high country, where accommodation providers surveyed by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council reported a 100 per cent cancellation rate for the month of January.

But the survey, sent to members last week, found operators in towns outside fire-affected areas also reported between a 10 and 60 per cent cancellation rate, chief executive Felicia Mariani said. Read more…

A gifted masseur

A gifted masseur

Fiji Times – 14th January 2019.

Melania Lavekau is a pampering connoisseur.

That means that if you ever get the chance of visiting Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa, in Savusavu, your health and comfort would be her top priority.

The mother of two is in charge of the resort’s prestigious spa, whose products include the world-famous banana leaf body wrap.

Melania’s interest in spa began in the village when as a young girl she used to watch her grandmother heal sick people through traditional massage treatment. Read more..

New Executive Chef – Malamala Beach Club

New Executive Chef – Malamala Beach Club

Media Release – 13th January 2020

Malamala Beach Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Winston Fong as the new Executive Chef. Winston replaces Lance Seeto who was part of the pre-opening team and the Executive Chef ever since. Winston brings a wealth of knowledge having most recently been Chef de Cuisine at the five star Kokomo Private Island Fiji.

After growing up in Fiji, Winston spent the next 10 years in Australia and Asia learning his craft from some of the top chefs in the region.

After extensive travel and work throughout Europe and South East Asia Winston then made the call to move back ‘home’ to Fiji in 2017.

Winston has a passion for developing and enhancing local cookery with western methods as well as bringing his own twist and technique to local chefs with a view to further develop the skill set of the kitchen team at Malamala Beach Club.

With Winston’s proven passion in both local produce and fresh seafood watch out for Winston’s influence across the Malamala Beach Club menu in the coming months.

Feel free to drop Winston an email at winston@ssc.com.fj
Vinaka,
The team at Malamala Beach Club

 

Media Release No. 52: Tropical Cyclone Anticipated To Move Towards Fiji And Affect The Country Later This Week

Media Release No. 52: Tropical Cyclone Anticipated To Move Towards Fiji And Affect The Country Later This Week

Media Release – 13th January 2020

At midday today, tropical disturbance TD04F was analyzed approximately 1670 kilometers to the far northwest of Fiji or 760 kilometers west-northwest of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

TD04F is slow-moving and is anticipated to make a southeast movement. The potential for this system to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours is low to moderate, becoming high thereafter.

TD04F is expected to continue intensifying and become a Tropical Cyclone on Wednesday afternoon. Once named, it will be called Tropical Cyclone TINO. Read more…

Third Stage Of Nila Resort At Vuda, Starts In April, Says Chinnusamy

Third Stage Of Nila Resort At Vuda, Starts In April, Says Chinnusamy

Fiji Sun – 13th January 2020

Nila International Limited will commence the third stage of development of their resort development at Vuda, in April. The project is expected to be completed within 12 months.
A Fijian contractor won the construction bid. Nila International Limited director Mohan Chinnusamy said the third stage includes four double storey buildings with 64 rooms ranging from single, double to family self-contained rooms. He said the investment was worth $7 million. Read more..

Vinod Patel Opens New Hardware In Namaka

Vinod Patel Opens New Hardware In Namaka

Fiji Sun – 12th January 2020

Vinod Patel opened one of their latest flagship stores in Namaka, Nadi, yesterday. The store is part of the multi-storey commercial complex owned by Consumer Supermarket, strategically located directly opposite the Namaka Market, on the corner of Queens Highway.
Vinod Patel’s showroom boasts modern style merchandising. Assistant General Manager (West) Nilesh Ashish Prasad during the soft opening, said the investment and expansion is not about competition but is to provide services and satisfaction.
He added this is one of the best and the latest stores and is their benchmark. Read more..

 

Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards

Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards

The Fijian Government’s Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards is now open!

The Awards will recognise and acknowledge contributions made by young Fijians in various fields of development. The Awards will be conferred to deserving young Fijians, who satisfy the relevant Award category criteria.

Fijians are encouraged to apply, provided they meet the following eligibility:

  • Between 18 – 35 years at the time of application
  • A Fijian national and resident of Fiji
  • Good character and social standing

To nominate or learn more, visit www.youthawards.gov.fj

Nominations close: 31 March 2020

For any enquiry, contact us on support@youthawards.gov.fj or 3305411.

Darshani Breaks Glass-Ceiling, Becomes First Female Executive Chef At Outrigger

Darshani Breaks Glass-Ceiling, Becomes First Female Executive Chef At Outrigger

Fiji Sun – 9th January 2020

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the Coral Coast has appointed Priya Darshani, 35, to the post of Executive Chef, taking over the reins from former executive chef Shailendra Naidu.
Whilst the executive chef role is traditionally dominated by male chefs, she has worked hard over her 17-year career to prove that kitchen management in a top resort is not gender-specific.
Her elevation is also a reflection of the dominant role of women in the kitchen at home.
Fiji is very different to many overseas countries, as the cultural dominance of women at home remains strong and provides advantages to those seeking a professional career. Read more..

 

Cynthia Rasch appointed PDM CEO

Cynthia-Rasch

Port Denarau Marina Press Release – Monday 6th January, 2020

The Chairman and Directors of Port Denarau Marina Limited are very pleased to announce that our current General Manager, Cynthia Rasch has been appointed Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the company, effective immediately.

A citizen of Fiji, Cynthia has been the General Manager of the Marina since 2018 and is a Certified Marina Manager (CMM). Currently, she is
studying for her MBA with the University of Fiji.Advancing through a series of promotions at Digicel Fiji, Cynthia was headhunted for a management position at PDML and joined in 2011.
She has led many strategic initiatives that have had positive impact on multiple business areas driving down costs, increasing revenue, and improving the overall performance of various business areas.

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Cynthia Rasch appointed PDM CEO

Port Denarau Marina is Leadership Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

Port Denarau Marina is Leadership Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

Port Denarau Marina Press Release dated 3rd January 2020.

Leadership Fiji has today signed up Port Denarau Marina, Fiji’s premier marina facility as its first partner from the tourism industry in the Silver category.
This new partnership has come at an opportune time, as Leadership Fiji winds up its 2020 activities, and prepares to take its programs to another level.
Port Denarau Marina’s Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Rasch said “We are delighted to be associated with Leadership Fiji’s program since the past few years. This sponsorship is a commitment of our ongoing support to the valuable education that their program provides. We believe in Leadership Fiji’s mission to building a better nation through the development of progressive leadership and strategic foresight capacity and look forward to growing our partnership further.”

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Press Release – Port Denarau Marina is Leaders hip Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

 

Fiji Roads Authority – Situation Report | 8am, Monday 30th December 2019

Fiji Roads Authority

Media Release from the Fiji Roads Authority as at 8am, Monday 30th December 2019

This situation report is to advise of the status of FRA’s assets due to the effect of TC Sarai

  • Both Queens Road and Kings Road are open
  • 19 roads closed in the Western Division and 9 roads closed in the Central Division
  • Vunisea Jetty is closed due to approach washout
  • Moala Jetty is closed due to approach washout
  • Jetty Road in Kadavu is closed due to a landslide.
  • Several roads are being monitored for closure and we will continue to issue alerts and
    warnings as required.
  • Please do not drive into water of unknown depth and current as this can be life threatening.
  • We are urging the public to please take all the necessary precautions and adhere to the
    advisories from relevant authorities.

Keep up-to-date with the latest situation by following #FRAupdate on Facebook: Fiji Roads Authority and Twitter: @FijiRoads or visit our website: www.fijiroads.org

Members of the public can also contact the FRA on toll free number 5720 or email info@fijiroads.org

The full list of affected roads can be viewed here.