FHTA Remembers a Humble Tourism Pioneer

FHTA Remembers a Humble Tourism Pioneer

Suva, Fiji – Friday 5 January 2024: Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) joins the Reddy Group in mourning the passing of Mr. Yanktesh Permal (YP) Reddy, a distinguished life member, and pioneer of the Association.

“YP” as he was fondly called, leaves an indelible mark on the tourism industry and wider community in Fiji, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.

As the visionary leader and Chairman of the Reddy Group, he played an instrumental role in the growth of the tourism sector, always having an unwavering commitment to its development and belief in the industry’s economic contribution and impact.

As one of the original founding members of FHTA in 1965, he dedicated himself to the association’s development as a board director for 48 years until 2013 and was recognised as a life member since 1988.

As a founding member, YP approached the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF), then the Fiji Employers Federation, to form a partnership that still exists today, which saw the 2 largest private sector employer organisations share and co-own the same office building.

His commitment, strategic vision and keen eye for continued tourism investment despite Fiji’s historical economic setbacks have been evident in the acquisition and development of prime sites such as the Tanoa International Hotel at Nadi Airport which is expanding its footprint to include a sports training facility, Rakiraki Hotel, Skylodge Hotel Nadi, Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka, and Tanoa Plaza in Suva.

Fiji has lost a visionary tourism icon who led the way for local entrepreneurship when this was a rare commodity.

FHTA and the tourism industry pay homage to YP’s always humble approach that belied his strong visionary leadership, integrity, and enduring contributions to the industry.

His memory will forever be cherished, and his legacy will continue to shape the future of Fijian tourism.

The Board and Secretariat of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association extend their deepest condolences to Mr YP Reddy’s family during this difficult time.