Workshop addresses digital gap in tourism sector

Workshop addresses digital gap in tourism sector

Fiji Times – June 11, 2019

Businesses in the tourism sector can capitalise much more from the digital landscape as it could boost their customer outreach by creating more exposure.

This is the main focus of a two-day workshop held in the country on June 10 and 13, organised by Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia in partnership with Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association.

According to PTI project co-ordinator Onorina Fugawai, participants at the workshop represented the broader spectrum of the tourism sector from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade to local businesses. Read more here.

Tourism Fiji Hosts Top Chinese Celebrity Mr Luo Yunxi

Tourism Fiji Hosts Top Chinese Celebrity Mr Luo Yunxi

Tourism Fiji Media Release

Nadi – 10 June 2019

Tourism Fiji in partnership with Fiji Airways recently welcomed the well-known Chinese actor and singer, Mr. Luo Yunxi, to visit Fiji. Mr Luo is regarded as a unique, positive and influential storyteller and was engaged by Tourism Fiji to visit Fiji and share his experiences with the destination across his networks.

Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Fiji, Matthew Stoeckel said, “China is a strategically important market for Fiji. It’s our fourth largest market with more Chinese visitors traveling to Fiji each year. We were thrilled to work with Mr Luo in creating content around his visit to Fiji that will be shared with his more than 12 million followers.”

With a bright and vibrant image, Mr. Luo has gained popularity with his role in a hot TV series in China. Being a lover of nature and adventure, Luo’s trip to Fiji in May has seen him participating in activities such as a cultural village tour, skydiving, snorkeling and a helicopter scenic tour over the Mamanuca Islands.

Commenting on his trip to Fiji, Luo said, “I was extremely delighted to be invited to visit Fiji and to champion the promotion of Fiji since its one of my favourite holiday destinations. The country has so much to offer and I’m fascinated by its warm and welcoming people, spectacular nature, unique culture and traditions as well as its range of adventure activities. I recommend everyone to experience Fiji, the place where happiness finds you, once in their lifetime as there’s truly nothing like it.”

Tourism Fiji regional manager in Greater China Vincent Zheng said, “With Luo’s influence in China, Tourism Fiji is confident to be able to create buzz and excitement about Fiji as a must-visit holiday destination within the market. We will collaborate with our brand ambassador in a number of ways, ranging from media hosting and profile-raising opportunities, to content development, events and social media campaigns.”

For more information please contact:

Ellen Magnus
Tourism Fiji
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (679) 6722433 Ext 3113
Mobile: (679) 7777912

New Head of Tourism & Corporate, West

New Head of Tourism & Corporate, West

BSP Media Release – 9th June, 2019.

BSP is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Maikash Ali as its Head of Tourism and Corporate Banking – West. He joins the Bank’s Senior Management team bringing with him over 30 years of professional banking experience in Fiji and overseas.

He joined ANZ in 1988 and held various positions including senior management roles such as the Head of Tourism and Regional Executive West.  Ali’s key focus will be overseeing the bank’s west based corporate & international team and leading BSP’s expansion into the Tourism sector.

He was employed with ANZ in Auckland, New Zealand until last year where he left after holding the post of Senior Relationship Manager and was part of the Senior Leadership Group.

Maikash was born in Ba and grew up in Tavua before going to New Zealand in 1988 for studies where he graduated from the Auckland University. He is involved in philanthropic causes including being a Trustee of the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation.

Commenting on the appointment, BSP Country Head Haroon Ali said: “This appointment demonstrates our confidence in the depth of Fiji’s pool of human capital.  We are proud to find this local talent with global banking experience and having an extensive network of contacts in Tourism and the Corporate sector.  He joins our existing team of highly talented leaders and will definitely boost our proven track record of delivering world class banking solutions and exceptional client services. He further added that BSP is very pleased that Maikash has joined a fast growing Bank that calls Fiji its home.”

Mr Maikash Ali was delighted to join BSP and said “I have been watching BSP grow over the last 10 years and am proud to join the green team.  I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to working with the team to grow the business further.”

He is the proud husband of Pravina Ali and father to Azarish Ali and Zonal Ali. He enjoys fishing, cooking, gardening and networking outside of work.

The Management and Staff of BSP extend warmest congratulations to Mr Ali and wish him success in his new role.

Wyndham Denarau Island Recognised on TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Wyndham Denarau Island Recognised on TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Media Release – 8th June, 2019

One of Fiji’s most highly rated resorts has been inducted to the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates hospitality excellence worldwide and is awarded to accommodations, restaurants and attractions listed on TripAdvisor that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the site.

The Hall of Fame was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

General Manager, Brad Downton said the accolade is the best compliment the Wyndham Denerau Island team could receive.

“Induction to the Hall of Fame shows that our commitment to providing exceptional customer experiences is being recognised by those who count the most – our club members and guests. We are immensely proud of this accolade,” he said

The multi-award winning Wyndham Resort Denarau Island is one of the largest and most popular resorts in WorldMark South Pacific Club, the region’s largest timeshare club with close to 60,000 members and 34 resorts across Asia Pacific and Europe. It features a host of facilities including Mamacita Restaurant & Bar, The Beach Shack café and bar, mobile coffee cart, swim-up pool bars, an oversized lagoon-style swimming pool and adults-only pool. The resort also boasts a children’s pool, day spa, gym, beach club, games room and 24-hour reception.

Wyndham Denarau Island has received consistently positive feedback from its club members and guests for its spacious apartments, prime location and welcoming, customer-focused staff. Club members can choose from stylishly appointed two and three-bedroom deluxe apartments along with Grand and Presidential suites.

The resort was also recently named Fiji’s Best Deluxe Accommodation at the 2019 ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards and Best Sales Team at the 2019 Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership (ATHOC) Awards.


Media enquiries:
Angie Christofis
PR and Communications
T: +61 (0) 7 5512 8250

Plantation Island Resort announces the opening of Tavola Restaurant & Bar

Plantation Island Resort announces the opening of Tavola Restaurant & Bar

Press Release – 8th June, 2019

Plantation Island Resort is proud to announce that it will be opening a stunning new restaurant called Tavola Restaurant on 1 September 2019.

Tavola Restaurant will be an all-day dining a la carte restaurant serving flavours of the Pacific, set on one of the best locations in the Mamanuca Islands.

The Restaurant’s architecture reflects a tall, traditional, Fijian thatched bure with open spaces and spectacular ocean views over Malolo Lailai Bay.

Tavola Restaurant will seat up to 120 guests and will be open from 7:30am until 9pm each day.

The Restaurant is part of a brand-new precinct at Plantation Island Resort which also includes an Arrivals Bure, Pool, Bar & 40 new
Ocean View Hotel Rooms. Read more…

Solar Eclipse Frenzy Fuels Astronomical Tourism in Chile

Solar Eclipse Frenzy Fuels Astronomical Tourism in Chile

Reuters – 8th June, 2019.

The total solar eclipse expected in northern Chile early next month is already drawing flocks of visitors eager to glimpse a rare view of the phenomenon through the region’s clear skies.

In Coquimbo, a region spanning the Pacific coast and the Andes, tourism demand has already eclipsed offerings of some services, forcing hotels there to put up signs warning they have no rooms left by the July 2 event.

Flights to Coquimbo offered by Chile’s LATAM Airlines as well as budget carriers Sky and JETSMART are being snapped up, as a clock in the coastal town of La Serena in Coquimbo counts down to the big day. Read more..