Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Raises $17,000 for Child Health in Fiji

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Raises $17,000 for Child Health in Fiji

Only a year into the partnership, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has successfully raised FJ$17,000 for Cure Kids Fiji’s child health initiatives. Cure Kids Fiji is very grateful to Captain Cook Cruises and their guests for their commitment to making a real difference in the lives of our children.

According to Tony Acland, General Manager, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, “We are thrilled to have raised these funds for Cure Kids Fiji and have been able to help so many children and their families.”

“Our Reef Endeavour guests have been so supportive of our fundraising efforts and are more than happy to pay the optional $1 per room per night charge that goes directly to Cure Kids Fiji. We look forward to supporting this great charity for many years to come.” Continues Mr Acland.

We look forward to continuing our work with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for years to come, to strengthen vital health programs for our Fijian children.

Hilton Fiji Welcomes two New Members

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa

ETB Travel New published Sepetmber 16th, 2019.

Hilton Fiji Welcomes two New Members to its Management Team Hilton Fiji welcomed two new members to its management team this month. Nauman Hasan has taken on the role of Hotel Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island, while Waleed Hassan has joined as Cluster Commercial Director of both Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa and DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island.Read more…   

Banking system liquidity increases to $617.7 million – RBF

Banking system liquidity increases to $617.7 million – RBF

Fiji Village – Wednesday 9th October 2019.

The Reserve Bank of Fiji states that the banking system liquidity increased in August by 21.9 percent to $617.7 million, on account of an increase in foreign reserves which more-than-offset the increase in currency in circulation deposits and statutory reserve.

The RBF states that as at 27th September, liquidity stood at $628.2 million.

It also says that over the month in August, the Fijian dollar strengthened against the Australian and NZ dollars but weakened against the Yen, US dollar and the Euro. Annually, the FJD appreciated against the AUD, Euro and the NZD but was lower against the Yen and the USD. Read more…

RBF says domestic sectoral performance to-date remains largely mixed

RBF says domestic sectoral performance to-date remains largely mixed

Fiji Village – Wednesday 9th October, 2019.

The Reserve Bank of Fiji says domestic sectoral performance to-date remains largely mixed due to increases and decreases in different sectors in the economy.

The RBF says that visitor arrivals rose by 4.4 percent in the year to August due to higher arrivals from the United States, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and Pacific Island Countries.

The central bank’s economic review for September also states that mahogany production rose, while woodchips, pinewood, sawn timber, and gold output fell in the same period. Read more…

Plantation Island Resort’s Bright Future and Exciting New Development

Plantation Island Resort’s Bright Future and Exciting New Development

Plantation Island Resort Press Release

Plantation Island Resort is pleased to announce that it has opened their stunning FJ$16 million development on time on 1 September 2019. This exciting development features a new Arrivals Bure, Restaurant, Pool, Bar and 40 new Ocean View Hotel Rooms!The breathtaking Arrivals precinct includes a large Arrivals Bure where guests receive a seamless arrival experience from start to finish. New arriving guests are welcomed by stunning views of Malolo Lailai Bay, and the Arrivals precinct itself draws inspiration from the materiality, massing and planning of the traditional Fijian village.

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Blue Lagoon Cruises Single Use Plastic Free

Blue Lagoon Cruises Single Use Plastic Free

Blue Lagoon Cruises – Monday 7th October 2019.

At Blue Lagoon Cruises, we are a business committed to creating a sustainable operating environment. Being the leading marine tourism operator in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, we are therefore committed to preserving this beautiful and pristine region.

We are very excited to announce that as of 1 April 2020, Blue Lagoon Cruises and our ship, M.V. Fiji Princess will be single use plastic free. Some changes made to our ship and cruises are:

1.      All guests will be gifted a re-usable water bottle on arrival

2.      The installation of artisan filtered mineral water stations throughout the ship which means drinking water on board is now complimentary

3.      The installation of an on board glass crusher which turns all glass bottles on board (beer, wine etc) into sand within seconds to allow for an easy and responsible disposal

4.      All land-based guest dining experiences, uses crockery and cutlery brought from (and returned to) the ship

5.      Any products ordered as gifts or for sale on board are specifically ordered to be delivered with no plastic wrapping

6.      Only paper straws are used in the on board bars and restaurant

7.      Only aluminum and glass beverage products used on board

Justin Wellington Guest Artist at Denarau Food Wine and Music Festival This Weekend

Justin Wellington Guest Artist at Denarau Food Wine and  Music Festival This Weekend

Tourism Fiji, 4 October 2019 – Pacific Island singing sensation, Mr. Justin Wellington will be making his debut performance in Fiji this weekend at this Denarau Food, Wine and Music Festival that’s being held in Nadi today (Saturday 5 th October).

In an interview yesterday, Mr. Wellington said, “I’ve been to Fiji numerous times, but I’ve never actually performed here so when festival organizers invited me to perform it was a no brainer for me. Fiji is one of the countries that really promotes my music on the radio and airwaves and though I’ve never worked with Knox Entertainment before, when we met there was a great connection and I’m looking forward to performing this weekend!”

While encouraging music lovers to come out this weekend, Mr Wellington said, “You won’t be disappointed! There’s an array of musical talents and artists at this year’s event. I will be performing some of my first few hit songs and a new track, titled ‘My Girl’ that I just recently
released.”

Also featuring at the event is Fijian alternative rock band ‘Glass Alley Fiji’ who are excited to be performing this weekend. Band member Mr. Alby Eastgate said, “We’ll be performing two unheard songs at the festival, and I would just like to encourage everyone to come out and have a great time whilst supporting local musicians and artists.”

Other well-known artists performing at the festival include Knox & the Brotherhood, Nem & Talei, DJ Christonite, Will & Sem, RAKO, Love33, Groove Co and Terio Dagoniyasi.

The event runs from 3pm to midnight on Denarau Island in Nadi and has food stalls, dedicated beverage tents and non-stop live performances. Hotels and resorts have come on board to help market the event which promises to be another fun-filled entertainment experience for festival goes.

The one-day event also showcases wine suppliers and the best local live performances in dance music and art. The event is one of a handful that Tourism Fiji supports through its Events Development Fund (EDF) which was launched in 2017.

Plantation Island Resort named best island Resort for families

Plantation Island Resort named best island Resort for families

Raffe Hotels & Resorts, 03 October 2019 – Plantation Island Resort is proud to announce that it has been named Best Fiji Island Family Hotel or Resort in the Out & About with Kids Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019. More than 120,000 people voted across 44 categories over the last 3 months for the Out & About with Kids 9th annual awards.

“We are so proud of this achievement” states Director of Sales & Marketing, Akshay Singh. “This award is a testament to all the hard work that our people have put in to improve the Resort over the last 5 years. We have beaten some fantastic Fijian island Resorts to this gong, so we truly honoured.

Out & About with Kids Magazine is one of the leading Australian magazines with a distribution of more than 400,000, many Australian parents look to the magazine to decide on activities and experiences for the whole family.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji proud to participate in Pinktober

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji proud to participate in Pinktober

02 October 2019 – The Radisson Blu Resort on Denarau Island will be holding a number of activities during the month of October to show the resort’s support for breast cancer research and awareness.

Throughout the month, The Radisson Blu will have donation tins available throughout the resort for contributions in exchange for pink ribbons that have become the symbol for the advocacy of breast cancer awareness. A pink march accompanied by an awareness breakfast will take place towards the end of the month which the resort is opening up for staff and any guests who would like to participate.

To continuously spread the message, other areas of the organisation, such as the Food and Beverage team are doing their part by accenting breakfast items every Friday in what has popularly become known as the Pink Breakfast.

From a staff and community engagement aspect, mammograms and clinics are being organised with the assistance of the Fiji Cancer Society.
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji General Manager, Mr. Charles Homsy, said, “breast cancer affects many people, and many Fijians’ lives are affected year after year by this terrible disease. However, a lot of this can be prevented through awareness and early detection, and the Radisson Blu is glad to be in a position to be able to spread this message in every way we can.”

All funds raised during Pinktober will go directly to the Fiji Cancer Society towards breast cancer awareness and research projects around Fiji.

Source: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

ANZ Commits To Doubling The Difference to Communities Across Fiji

ANZ Commits To Doubling The Difference to Communities Across Fiji

Fiji Sun, 01 October 2019 – ANZ Fiji will match $2 for every dollar that their staff will donate through its Staff Foundation Workplace Giving Program, to double the difference it makes in the community.

“Over the past 13 years, we have donated more than $500,000 to local charities and it’s all thanks to our staff members who donate money from their salary each week, which ANZ matched dollar for dollar,” ANZ Fiji Country Head, Saud Minam said.

“Now with a $5 donation – about the same cost as a coffee – each fortnight, once ANZ matches this 2:1, it equates to $390 for the organisation in a year. Imagine if 10 staff members do this – that’s $3,900.”…read more

FNU staff and students hold beach clean up campaign

FNU staff and students hold beach clean up campaign

The Fiji Times, 01 October 2019 – A CLEANUP campaign was conducted at the Saweni beach over the weekend to mark World Cleanup Day by the staff and students of Fiji National University’s (FNU), Natabua Campus in Lautoka.

About 40 staff and students from Lautoka collected rubbish, trimmed overgrown grass and planted Croton plants (Codiaeum variegatum) along the roadside and at the entrance of the Saweni beach to beautify the area.

FNU Assistant Lecturer in Environmental Science, Lia Bogitini, who spearheads environmental activities at Natabua Campus, said they were pleased with the response from staff and students who spared time over the weekend to participate in the program.…read more

FETA announces theme and host venue for 2019 Awards

FETA announces theme and host venue for 2019 Awards

Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, 30 September 2019 – Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards (FETA) has announced the theme for 2019 ANZ FETA event as “Celebrating Tourism Excellence in People and Product”.

FETA Chairman Bill Whiting said the theme was fitting of the overall objective of FETA, continuing on the journey of excellence in our tourism industry.

“ANZ FETA is held each year to celebrate our tourism industry’s success, to celebrate the success of our people, to celebrate our product and to celebrate excellence in tourism. Our theme “Celebrating Tourism Excellence in People and Product” has been very aptly chosen for the 2019 ANZ FETA event. It also supports the theme for World Tourism Day – Tourism and jobs: a better future for all,” Whiting explained.

“Tourism continues to play a vital role in our economy and will continue to do so. Achieving excellence in our tourism industry further enhances the appeal of Fiji as a destination of choice over other countries. FETA continues to recognise and highlight outstanding properties, services, and individuals in the industry.”

FETA also announced Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa as the host venue for the 2019 ANZ FETA event which will be held on Saturday March 14, 2020.

“We would like to warmly welcome on board Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa who joins our family of sponsors. Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa will be our host venue for the 2019 ANZ FETA and this will be the first time for this event to be held in March. Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is going
through a major refurbishment. When the 2019 ANZ FETA will be hosted, our guests will get to experience their new ball room,” Whiting added.

Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa General Manager Vincent Macquet said “we were humbled to have been chosen by FETA for the up and coming ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards. The event is truly a celebration for the industry. We look forward to showcase our rejuvenated facilities at this prestigious event.”

The deadline for the 2019 ANZ FETA has been extended to October 15 giving more time to the tourism industry to make their submissions.

A record number of entries have been registered in all categories showing the huge interest in the 2019 ANZ FETA.

There are 13 Award Categories which will be given out on March 14 together with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement and Visionary Award.

Raffe Hotels and Resorts to recycle all plastic bottles

Raffe Hotels and Resorts to recycle all plastic bottles

01 October 2019 – Raffe Hotels and Resorts is proud to announce that Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Fiji Gateway Hotel have started recycling 100% of the plastic bottles consumed at their respective property from 1 October 2019.

All three Raffe Hotels & Resorts properties are working with local partners Mission Pacific and Pleass Global Limited to ensure that all plastic bottles are sorted at each Hotel/Resort and sent to the respective recycling facility to begin the recycling process.

Mission Pacific recycles Fiji Water and Coca Cola Amatil bottles at their Lautoka facility, sending their  crushed PET bottles overseas to be purchased by suppliers who use this recycled PET for polyester, fabric for t-shirts, luggage, upholstery etc.

Pleass Global Limited collect the plastic bottles that they sell, Aqua Safe Water and Vaiwai Water, to be crushed and sent to a recycling facility in Australia. At this location, they will be recycled into new Aqua Safe and Vaiwai Water bottles to be re-sold in Fiji.

“We are incredibly proud to be in a position where we can say we are recycling 100% of the plastic bottles consumed at our Hotels & Resorts” states Akshay Singh, Raffe Hotels & Resorts Group Director of Sales & Marketing. “A plastic bottle takes approximately 450 years to break down, so if it reaches the ocean it can have disastrous consequences on marine life and sea birds. Following our recent ban on plastic shopping bags and plastic straws, we have now eliminated 3 out of the top 10 contributors of marine litter at our Hotels & Resorts”.

Source: Raffe Hotels & Resorts

65 graduates take part in 2019 LDP

65 graduates take part in 2019 LDP

The Fiji Times, 30 September 2019 – SINCE its inception, 65 graduates from professional backgrounds ranging from sales and marketing, to human resources, housekeeping, reservations and finance had taken part in the 2019 Leadership Development Program (LDP).

This was highlighted by Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) chief executive officer, Fantasha Lockington.

Ms Lockington said the LDP  program took  place every year, as part of FHTA’s effort to provide upskilling opportunities for emerging leaders.

The  program is now in its sixth year, with the first of two intensive modules held at the Novotel in Nadi earlier last week.

Japan Agent Travel Exclusive Underway

Japan Agent Travel Exclusive Underway

Tourism Fiji, 30 September 2019 – Kawamura Koichi and his wife are the first two Japanese guests to arrive into Fiji under the “Japan Agent Travel Exclusive” that Tourism Fiji in partnership with Fiji Airways and Industry members launched last month.

This is Mr. Kawamura Koichi’s first trip to Fiji, and he says he is already enjoying himself. The 29-year-old works for General Travel Agency in Japan and brought his wife on this trip. He said, “Everyone we’ve met from the time we stepped off the plane has been very kind and helpful. My wife and I are looking forward to spending some time at the beach and just taking the beautiful island views Fiji has to offer.”

The Agent Travel Exclusive was launched to allow travel agents the opportunity to experience the destination at their own time, with an extremely compelling price point and this will allow Fiji to stay top-of-mind for travel agents. It’s an initiative that will enable a large worker of agents to experience the destination so they can then better sell Fiji to their clients.

Tourism Fiji Regional Manager Asia, Ms. Kathy Koyamaibole said, “This agent exclusive will provide front liners with firsthand experience of Fiji and was enthusiastically supported by Fiji’s industry and Japanese trade partners. The initiative also gives agents the freedom to travel at a time convenient to them as well which we hope will generate significant uptake.”

The entire Tourism Industry united and rallied behind this initiative in order to bring it to life. A list of partners who have come on board and offered its services for this initiative include:

  • Blue Lagoon Cruises
  • Captain Cook Cruises
  • Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa
  • Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa
  • Mana Island Resort & Spa Fiji
  • Marriott International Fiji
  • Nukubati Private Island
  • Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
  • Savasi Island Resort
  • Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
  • The Pearl Resort & Spa Golf Course
  • Treasure Island, Fiji
  • Volivoli Beach Resort
  • Warwick Beach Resort
  • Yatule Beach Resort

DMC/In-Bound Operators

  • Rosie Holidays
  • Tour Managers

Fiji Attractions/Tours/Activities

  • Avis FijiCaptain
  • Cook Cruises
  • Essence Travel Lounge
  • Fiji Surf Co
  • Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji
  • Sigatoka River Safari
  • South Pacific Oceania
  • South Sea Cruises

Travel dates for this initiative need to be between August 1 st , 2019 to January 28 th , 2020 and is subject to availability with terms and conditions applicable.

Tourism Fiji Promotes Wellness and Civic Pride on World Tourism Day

Tourism Fiji Promotes Wellness and Civic Pride on World Tourism Day

Media Release – Friday 27th September

Tourism Fiji staff participated in a cleanup initiative yesterday afternoon to mark World Tourism Day which is annually celebrated on 27th September.

The team walked the 3-kilometre stretch to promote a litter free walkway this afternoon. One group began at FNU while the other started at Challenge Plaza and walked to the Namaka Market.

Leading the Tourism Fiji team, Mr. James Pridgeon (Niche Experiences Manager) said, “The Government has done a lot to help discourage and curb the use of plastic bags and littering in Fiji. We took World Tourism Day as an opportunity to reinforce this stance and keep our environment clean.”

“We hope more people and businesses located along this stretch of road will continue to support our efforts in keep Fiji beautiful. Plus, it’s a great team-bonding exercise that combines wellness and spreading that Bula Spirit to our fellow Fijians,” Mr Pridgeon reiterated.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) says over the last few years the Tourism Industry has continued to diversify and expand, and it expects that tourism will continue to grow at an average of 3% annually until 2030. The theme for 2019 is “Tourism and Jobs – a better future for all.”

To learn more about World Tourism Day visit www.un.org/en/events/tourismday

 

About Tourism Fiji: Tourism Fiji is the destination marketing organizational arm of the Fijian government agency responsible for marketing Fiji as the ideal destination for leisure travel globally. Tourism Fiji has established a presence in nine key markets around the globe, and its activities include advertising, public relations, media initiatives, trade shows, and programs for the tourism industry and consumer promotions to better showcase Fiji.

 

For more information please contact:

Ellen Magnus
Tourism Fiji
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (679) 6722433 Ext 3113
Mobile: (679) 7777912
Email: estolz@tourismfiji.com.fj

Ms Thelma Taria-Savua Joins BSP Life Board

Ms Thelma Taria-Savua Joins BSP Life Board

bsplife.com.fj – Thursday 26th September, 2019

BSP Life today announced Ms Thelma Taria-Savua’s appointment as the newest Director to BSP Life (Fiji) Limited’s Board. Ms Taria-Savua, an experienced business executive replaces Mr Thomas Fox who has completed his tenure. Commenting on the appointment, BSP Life’s Chairman Mr Robin Fleming stated, “We welcome Thelma and are delighted to have someone with her capability join the Board.

Thelma has over 15 year’s extensive business, leadership, governance and risk management experience. We look forward to her valuable contributions as we continue BSP Life’s growth journey in our core businesses and subsidiaries.” Mr Fleming also acknowledged Mr Fox’s contribution to the Board, “Thomas has contributed significantly to BSP Life, particularly through the transition from Colonial Life & Health, providing great stewardship that has laid the platform for future success. We wish Thomas the very best in his retirement.”

BSP Life Managing Director, Michael Nacola, added, “We’re excited about Thelma’s appointment as it marks a special milestone for BSP Life. She becomes the first local female to join the Board. Her appointment supports BSP Life’s strategy of getting gender parity at Board, Executive and senior management levels. On behalf of the entire BSP Life family, we congratulate Thelma on her appointment.” Ms Taria-Savua holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Central Queensland University and has worked in executive management roles in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa before taking up her current role as General Manager of AVI Pacific People, based in Suva. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors (MAICD).

Ms Taria-Savua joins an experienced Board comprising Mr Fleming, the Group Chief Executive Officer for the BSP Group who was afforded a Companion of the Star of Melanesia in 2015 by the PNG government for services to banking and the community, Mr John Reid, a qualified Actuary and fellow with the Institute of Actuaries (UK and Australia) with extensive insurance experience, Mr Colin Morgan a fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, Australia, with insurance experience in European, Australian and Asian markets, BSP Bank Country Head Mr Haroon Ali, his predecessor Mr Kevin McCarthy, Mr Ross McDonald fellow of CPA Australia, and Mr Nacola. BSP Life’s Appointed Actuary is Mr David Goodsall, also a fellow of the Actuaries Institute (Australia).

“BSP Life’s Board and entire Team are committed to creating value for our stakeholders. We have a proud 143 year history of serving Fiji and will continue to provide our people with quality services and products. There are exciting new developments to look forward to as we innovate and expand our capabilities to meet our customers and stakeholders high expectations”, added Mr Nacola. BSP Life has over 90,000 customers with 150 professional Insurance Advisors licensed by the Reserve Bank of Fiji, plus broker partners, to provide tailored solutions to customer needs. There are 10 Customer Service Centres Fiji-wide.

Tourism Fiji notes record August visitor numbers

Tourism Fiji notes record August visitor numbers

The Fiji Times – Tuesday 24th September, 2019

THERE has been a record number of 88,834 tourists visiting Fiji in August this year.

Tourism Fiji’s director of marketing Emma Campbell highlighted this while speaking at the opening of the week-long inaugural Tourism and Hospitality Fair organized by the National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC).

She said the last 12 months had seen a 3 per cent increase in visitor arrivals to our shores.

She said she was excited to be invited to speak at the festival.

“What a great way to celebrate the tourism industry and highlight just how important this sector is for our economy,” Mrs Campbell said.

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FHTA comment on EFL tariff rates increase

FHTA comment on EFL tariff rates increase

Press Release – Monday 23rd September, 2019

The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) welcomes the announcement by the Fijian Competition & Consumer Commission (FCCC) regarding the modest increase in the revised Electricity Tariff Rates.

FHTA appreciated the opportunity for consultation and had subsequently made a submission to FCCC with regard to the tariff increase request by Electricity Fiji Limited (EFL) of 17.27% and had advocated strongly against such a drastic increase.

“We acknowledge that tariffs need to be revised every few years to adjust for inflation to ensure the sustainability and financial viability of EFL, but sudden, sizable hikes would only add to the burden of the current cost of business in Fiji,” noted FHTA CEO, Fantasha Lockington.

“As Fiji transitions to cleaner energy sources and EFL implements more pragmatic ideas for its sustainable growth, it would be more reasonable to raise tariffs gradually to reduce social implications”.

FHTA commended FCCC for considering submissions and conducting consultations on the proposed tariff increase before the prudent recommendation on the 2.74% increase that will be effective from next month.

The Association looks forward to FCCC’s continuation of its inclusive consultative processes to discuss any increases that affect business costs.

Vision Investments Ltd remains optimistic about challenges

Vision Investments Ltd remains optimistic about challenges

The Fiji Times – Wednesday 25th September, 2019

VISION Investments Ltd foresees challenges ahead of this year but remains optimistic of seeking new business opportunities to expand the operations.

Group chairman Dilip Khatri said in the 2019 Government budget, import duties were increased on some categories of electrical items and motor vehicles, which may mute consumer demand for these goods affecting their two core business areas of trading and automotive.

Speaking at the 13th annual general meeting of the group yesterday, Mr Khatri said the group showed strong growth with revenue increasing to $196.3 million (2018: $180.4m) and profit after tax increasing to $24.0m (2018: $20.2m).

However he said the operating result for the year was impaired as a result of a $2.19m charge taken to the income statement with the adoption of three new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the resulting change in accounting policy.

He said also with the adoption of these new IFRS standards, a charge of $4.95m was taken to retain earnings, which reduced shareholder equity.

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