Important Reminders for FHTA Members (Updated 26.02.21)

FHTA REMUNERATION SURVEY
To FHTA members who may have been contacted recently by KPMG with regard to participating in the FHTA Remuneration Survey, we wish to remind you that the data received through this survey will be used to provide a benchmark for the tourism industry to assist members in determining their own remuneration rates.
Contact info@fhta.com.fj if you have not received the survey information and wish to do so OR if you do not wish to participate in the survey or require some assistance in completing the survey.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR COMPANY REREGISTRATION
The digital registration of companies and business names has been extended to 31st March 2021. This was advised by Government on 31 December 2020.
All existing business names, companies and foreign companies registered prior to 14 June 2019 must digitally register on the Registrar of Companies digital registry. Digital registration is completely free. Entity name, entity number and date of registration will not change.
To complete the digital registration process you will need an active e-profile account to login and submit an application online HERE. You can digitally register using an e-profile account or a ROC Pass.

FRCS WAIVER – LATE LODGEMENT/LATE PAYMENT PENALTIES
The Fiji Revenue & Customs Services to advise all taxpayers, that due to the adverse weather experienced recently, the late lodgment and late payment penalties associated with Tax Returns that were due in January 2021 will be waived. Taxpayers that are affected, can make appropriate declarations to seek penalty waiver.
For further clarification please contact Ms Momina Beg on 3243501 or email: mbeg@frcs.org.fj .

REMINDER ON TLTB RENT ASSESSMENT UPDATE FOR TOURISM LEASES
Further to FHTA’s on-going discussions with the ITaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) on the current economic situation for tourism businesses due to border closures, we provide the following outcomes kindly agreed to by TLTB:

  1. The rent reassessment of tourism leases due for 2021 and 2022 will be deferred. We understand 2020 reassessment have already been released and many of these have been agreed to and paid for. Members who are unable to pay must contact TLTB immediately to agree to and sign a formal arrangement.
  2. Interest on rent from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022 will be waived until further notice.
  3. Tenants who are able to pay the applicable rents based on gross receipts must continue to do so
  4. Tenants unable to pay gross receipts in 2021 will pay 80% of the minimum rent in 2021 and 50% in 2022.
  5. All tenants will be required to sign a formal undertaking with TLTB, including agreements for payment schedules where selected.
  6. Applicable penalties for development lease breaches will be waived
  7. There is no waiver on the benefits to landowners such as education and community developments and these must be paid per your agreements.

The above measures have been kindly agreed to by TLTB to assist tourism operators during these challenging times. Where full payments are possible, these should be made in good faith as the TLTB is a Trustee for the Landowners and has a duty to ensure that the Landowners receive their fair dues.

Please contact your TLTB Account Manager to formalise arrangements.

CARE FIJI COMMITMENT
Have you signed up for the Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) program and nominated your wellness ambassador yet? FHTA strongly advises that all members register for the CFC program in preparation for when borders reopen and we strongly recommend this be completed as soon as possible to avoid not being recognised as a COVID-safe tourism business in Fiji.
CLICK HERE to get more information or reach out by emailing cfc@tourismfiji.com.fj

HOTEL LICENSE RENEWAL
The HLB cannot waive the hotel license renewal fee as this would require a change to the Regulations that govern them with the amendment formally gazetted.
However, for properties that are currently closed and have been or will remain closed for a significant period of time, you may contact the HLB in writing informing them that you are currently closed and the date on which you ceased operations. The HLB, in turn, will effectively close your file and will not follow up on renewal.
Once you are ready to begin operations again, you may reapply for a hotel license and go through the process again where you will be required to obtain the 4 authorities reports. (Police, Fire, Health and District Officer/PA).
Please address all written correspondence to:
Mereoni Kalokalodrau (Ms.)
Secretary, Hotel Licensing Board 
P.O. Box 2213 Government Buildings, Suva
Government of Fiji
or via email to mereoni.kalokalodrau@ag.gov.fj

FIJI METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE – SEASONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FOR MARCH 2021
Summary:
· Rainfall outlook for March 2021 has no strong indication of significantly wetter or drier than normal condition across the Fiji Group.
· For the March to May 2021 season, normal or above normal rainfall is likely across the Fiji Group, while almost equal chances of below-normal, near-normal and above normal rainfall predicted for Rotuma.
• During June to August 2021 season, normal or above-normal rainfall is expected across the Fiji Group, with normal or below normal rainfall expected over Rotuma.
· The air temperatures are expected to be near normal across the country during March 2021, while warmer than normal air temperatures are likely for the March to May 2021 season.
· A La Niña event continues to persist in the tropical Pacific.
· The La Niña event is expected to gradually weaken and return to an ENSO-neutral state during the April to June 2021 period.
CLICK HERE FOR THE MEDIA RELEASE FROM FMS