FHTA Reappoints Lockington

FHTA Reappoints Lockington

FHTA 8 April 2022 – The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) wishes to announce that the Board of Directors has reappointed Fantasha Lockington as Chief Executive Officer effective April 1 2022 for a term of three years.

The Board and members of FHTA thanks Mrs Lockington for her dedication and skilful navigation during her past tenure as CEO and in particular steering the Association through the last 24 months.

The initial pandemic lockdown in March 2020 hit the tourism industry hard and this rippled out to the national economy as the nation saw unprecedented economic lows and medical uncertainty.

“The tourism industry in Fiji is grateful to have Mrs Lockington on its side, advocating and lobbying on its behalf and we are looking forward to furthering gains as we make leaps and bounds towards normalcy,” said FHTA Board President and Director of Likuri Island Resort Mr Brian Kirsch.

“We have every confidence that Mrs Lockington is well-placed to continue these valuable efforts on our behalf,” he also said.

FHTA Board Vice-President and Senior Vice President/Executive Director-Pacific of Warwick Hotels and Resorts Ms Tammie Tam reiterated Mr Kirsch’s sentiments and added, “Mrs Lockington has made an immense contribution on behalf of FHTA and made tourism’s voice heard with Government and other industry partners.”

“Her work is highly appreciated and we thank her for taking up the challenge for another term,” Ms Tam stated.

Mrs Lockington was first announced FHTA CEO in 2017 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a Master of Business Administration from the University of the South Pacific and several IATA airline-related management qualifications.

She also serves in varied roles with the FNU’s National Training & Productivity Centre (NTPC) Advisory Board, Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB), USP’s Pacific TAFE Industry Advisory Committee, the Fiji Commerce & Employment Federation Board & Councils for Tourism & Transport and on the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) Board.

Mrs Lockington said she was humbled by the Board’s confidence in her and reinforced her commitment to providing the Fijian tourism industry’s collective, private sector voice in efforts to further develop and grow this sector.

She is an avid supporter of private sector consultation and collaboration to strengthen and promote resilient business environments to ensure Fiji’s biggest industry and largest foreign exchange earner continues to grow sustainably.

“The FHTA Secretariat works tirelessly to strive towards FHTA’s strategic goals and there’s never a dull day in the tourism sector, especially now,” Mrs Lockington stated.