Media Release No. 54: Fiji is expected to be on Tropical Cyclone Alert from this evening

Media Release No. 54: Fiji is expected to be on Tropical Cyclone Alert from this evening

Media Release – 15th January 2020

At midday today, tropical disturbance TD04F was located near 13.1 south latitude, 170.4 east longitude or about 725km west of Rotuma. Close to its centre TD04F is expected to have average winds of up to 40km/hr with momentary gusts to 60km/hr.

TD04F is expected to gradually intensify into a tropical depression by this evening and expected to further intensify into a category 1 cyclone by tomorrow evening.

TD04F is currently moving eastwards at about 19km/hrs. On this track the centre is expected to be located about 580km west of Rotuma at 12am tomorrow and about 374km west of Rotuma at 12pm tomorrow.

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Provisional Hotels And Tourist Accommodation Statistics, Quarter 3, 2019

Provisional Hotels And Tourist Accommodation Statistics, Quarter 3, 2019

FBoS Release No. 01 – 15th January 2020.

Compared to Quarter 3, 2018:
 The number of Rooms Available increased by 6.0%.
 The number of Rooms Sold increased by 8.4%.
 The Room Occupancy Rate increased by 1.3 percentage points to 62.1%.
 The number of Beds Available increased by 2.0%.
 The number of Beds Sold increased by 6.5%.
 The Bed Occupancy Rate increased by 2.4 percentage points to 57.8%.
 Takings from Accommodation, Sales of Food, Liquor, Telephone and Other
Miscellaneous Charges totaled $371.4 million, an increase of 6.8%.
 Paid Employment in the Hotel Sector increased by 3.2%.

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Prepare for Bad Weather and store drinking water: WAF Urges Fijians

Prepare for Bad Weather and store drinking water: WAF Urges Fijians

Media Release – 14th January 2020

Fijians are being urged to store drinking water by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) in light of another tropical depression which is expected to turn into a cyclone, bringing adverse weather to the Fiji group.

WAF CEO, Mr Barry Omundson urged Fijians to boil and store drinking water for consumption as adverse weather may affect WAF’s services in some areas.

“Our teams will once again work around the clock to maintain good water supply throughout Fiji, however, we ask that all Fijian families be prepared and take every precaution,” Said Mr Omundson. Read more…

Australia bushfires: Victorian towns far from fires struggle to attract tourists

Australia bushfires: Victorian towns far from fires struggle to attract tourists

Domain – 14th January 2020

Last week the US updated its travel advice for Australia, telling citizens to exercise “increased caution” due to the bushfires, which have destroyed more than 2000 homes and claimed 27 lives across the country.

Affected areas in Victoria included East Gippsland and the high country, where accommodation providers surveyed by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council reported a 100 per cent cancellation rate for the month of January.

But the survey, sent to members last week, found operators in towns outside fire-affected areas also reported between a 10 and 60 per cent cancellation rate, chief executive Felicia Mariani said. Read more…

A gifted masseur

A gifted masseur

Fiji Times – 14th January 2019.

Melania Lavekau is a pampering connoisseur.

That means that if you ever get the chance of visiting Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa, in Savusavu, your health and comfort would be her top priority.

The mother of two is in charge of the resort’s prestigious spa, whose products include the world-famous banana leaf body wrap.

Melania’s interest in spa began in the village when as a young girl she used to watch her grandmother heal sick people through traditional massage treatment. Read more..

New Executive Chef – Malamala Beach Club

New Executive Chef – Malamala Beach Club

Media Release – 13th January 2020

Malamala Beach Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Winston Fong as the new Executive Chef. Winston replaces Lance Seeto who was part of the pre-opening team and the Executive Chef ever since. Winston brings a wealth of knowledge having most recently been Chef de Cuisine at the five star Kokomo Private Island Fiji.

After growing up in Fiji, Winston spent the next 10 years in Australia and Asia learning his craft from some of the top chefs in the region.

After extensive travel and work throughout Europe and South East Asia Winston then made the call to move back ‘home’ to Fiji in 2017.

Winston has a passion for developing and enhancing local cookery with western methods as well as bringing his own twist and technique to local chefs with a view to further develop the skill set of the kitchen team at Malamala Beach Club.

With Winston’s proven passion in both local produce and fresh seafood watch out for Winston’s influence across the Malamala Beach Club menu in the coming months.

Feel free to drop Winston an email at winston@ssc.com.fj
Vinaka,
The team at Malamala Beach Club

 

Media Release No. 52: Tropical Cyclone Anticipated To Move Towards Fiji And Affect The Country Later This Week

Media Release No. 52: Tropical Cyclone Anticipated To Move Towards Fiji And Affect The Country Later This Week

Media Release – 13th January 2020

At midday today, tropical disturbance TD04F was analyzed approximately 1670 kilometers to the far northwest of Fiji or 760 kilometers west-northwest of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

TD04F is slow-moving and is anticipated to make a southeast movement. The potential for this system to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours is low to moderate, becoming high thereafter.

TD04F is expected to continue intensifying and become a Tropical Cyclone on Wednesday afternoon. Once named, it will be called Tropical Cyclone TINO. Read more…

Third Stage Of Nila Resort At Vuda, Starts In April, Says Chinnusamy

Third Stage Of Nila Resort At Vuda, Starts In April, Says Chinnusamy

Fiji Sun – 13th January 2020

Nila International Limited will commence the third stage of development of their resort development at Vuda, in April. The project is expected to be completed within 12 months.
A Fijian contractor won the construction bid. Nila International Limited director Mohan Chinnusamy said the third stage includes four double storey buildings with 64 rooms ranging from single, double to family self-contained rooms. He said the investment was worth $7 million. Read more..

Vinod Patel Opens New Hardware In Namaka

Vinod Patel Opens New Hardware In Namaka

Fiji Sun – 12th January 2020

Vinod Patel opened one of their latest flagship stores in Namaka, Nadi, yesterday. The store is part of the multi-storey commercial complex owned by Consumer Supermarket, strategically located directly opposite the Namaka Market, on the corner of Queens Highway.
Vinod Patel’s showroom boasts modern style merchandising. Assistant General Manager (West) Nilesh Ashish Prasad during the soft opening, said the investment and expansion is not about competition but is to provide services and satisfaction.
He added this is one of the best and the latest stores and is their benchmark. Read more..

 

Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards

Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards

The Fijian Government’s Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards is now open!

The Awards will recognise and acknowledge contributions made by young Fijians in various fields of development. The Awards will be conferred to deserving young Fijians, who satisfy the relevant Award category criteria.

Fijians are encouraged to apply, provided they meet the following eligibility:

  • Between 18 – 35 years at the time of application
  • A Fijian national and resident of Fiji
  • Good character and social standing

To nominate or learn more, visit www.youthawards.gov.fj

Nominations close: 31 March 2020

For any enquiry, contact us on support@youthawards.gov.fj or 3305411.

Darshani Breaks Glass-Ceiling, Becomes First Female Executive Chef At Outrigger

Darshani Breaks Glass-Ceiling, Becomes First Female Executive Chef At Outrigger

Fiji Sun – 9th January 2020

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the Coral Coast has appointed Priya Darshani, 35, to the post of Executive Chef, taking over the reins from former executive chef Shailendra Naidu.
Whilst the executive chef role is traditionally dominated by male chefs, she has worked hard over her 17-year career to prove that kitchen management in a top resort is not gender-specific.
Her elevation is also a reflection of the dominant role of women in the kitchen at home.
Fiji is very different to many overseas countries, as the cultural dominance of women at home remains strong and provides advantages to those seeking a professional career. Read more..

 

Cynthia Rasch appointed PDM CEO

Cynthia-Rasch

Port Denarau Marina Press Release – Monday 6th January, 2020

The Chairman and Directors of Port Denarau Marina Limited are very pleased to announce that our current General Manager, Cynthia Rasch has been appointed Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the company, effective immediately.

A citizen of Fiji, Cynthia has been the General Manager of the Marina since 2018 and is a Certified Marina Manager (CMM). Currently, she is
studying for her MBA with the University of Fiji.Advancing through a series of promotions at Digicel Fiji, Cynthia was headhunted for a management position at PDML and joined in 2011.
She has led many strategic initiatives that have had positive impact on multiple business areas driving down costs, increasing revenue, and improving the overall performance of various business areas.

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Cynthia Rasch appointed PDM CEO

Port Denarau Marina is Leadership Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

Port Denarau Marina is Leadership Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

Port Denarau Marina Press Release dated 3rd January 2020.

Leadership Fiji has today signed up Port Denarau Marina, Fiji’s premier marina facility as its first partner from the tourism industry in the Silver category.
This new partnership has come at an opportune time, as Leadership Fiji winds up its 2020 activities, and prepares to take its programs to another level.
Port Denarau Marina’s Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Rasch said “We are delighted to be associated with Leadership Fiji’s program since the past few years. This sponsorship is a commitment of our ongoing support to the valuable education that their program provides. We believe in Leadership Fiji’s mission to building a better nation through the development of progressive leadership and strategic foresight capacity and look forward to growing our partnership further.”

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Press Release – Port Denarau Marina is Leaders hip Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

 

Fiji Roads Authority – Situation Report | 8am, Monday 30th December 2019

Fiji Roads Authority

Media Release from the Fiji Roads Authority as at 8am, Monday 30th December 2019

This situation report is to advise of the status of FRA’s assets due to the effect of TC Sarai

  • Both Queens Road and Kings Road are open
  • 19 roads closed in the Western Division and 9 roads closed in the Central Division
  • Vunisea Jetty is closed due to approach washout
  • Moala Jetty is closed due to approach washout
  • Jetty Road in Kadavu is closed due to a landslide.
  • Several roads are being monitored for closure and we will continue to issue alerts and
    warnings as required.
  • Please do not drive into water of unknown depth and current as this can be life threatening.
  • We are urging the public to please take all the necessary precautions and adhere to the
    advisories from relevant authorities.

Keep up-to-date with the latest situation by following #FRAupdate on Facebook: Fiji Roads Authority and Twitter: @FijiRoads or visit our website: www.fijiroads.org

Members of the public can also contact the FRA on toll free number 5720 or email info@fijiroads.org

The full list of affected roads can be viewed here.

Media Brief from the National Disaster Management Office

7:30pm – 29 December 2019

CASUALITY

  • The body of a man in his late 40’s has been recovered from Naivucini waters in Naitasiri this morning.
  • It is believed the victim was swept away by strong currents whilst crossing the river yesterday.
  • A search was conducted by villagers with the help of the Fiji Police officers from Vunidawa Police Station.
  • A post mortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death while investigations continue.
  • This brings the death toll relating to TC Sarai to two.

WEATHER UPDATE

  • After the brief by Director Met Services this morning, Tropical Cyclone Sarai is further moving South East and is slowly exiting Kadavu.
  • For Nabukelevu-i-ra, we have seen that the waves is gradually decreasing from 4.9 meters last night to about 3.5 meters this morning. The normal wave height around the Nabukelevu-i-Ra is around 2.5 metres.
  • Our focus now is to advising the Southern Lau Group to be prepared as we are expecting TC Sarai to go pass through South of Vatoa and north of Ono-i-Lau within the next 30 hours.
  • We want to advice those living in low lying areas to remain cautious as flood warning remains in force for low lying areas and areas downstream of Navolau station in the Rewa River, downstream of Nayavu station in the Wainibuka river; Downstrream of Ba FC station in the Ba river and downstream of Nairukuruku station in the Wainimala river.

EVACUATION CENTER UPDATE

  • A total of fifty four (54) Evacuation Centres (EC) are active around the country with 2,001 evacuees across the four divisions.
  • We are working with the Ministry of Health to do the initial assessment for affected areas before we give the green light for families to go back to their homes.
  • On that note we will start working on coordinating the food rations into Evacuation Centers.

EFL

  • Some areas have their powers restored but the EFL Cyclone Action Plan clearly identifies that areas for power restoration  includes Hospitals & Major Health Centres, Water & Sewerage Treatment Plants, Towns, Cities & Industrial Areas and then Residential Areas.

WAF

  • With EFL power slowly being restored, time will be required for the affected systems to normalise and reach healthy levels.
  • Operation teams will be mobilising to assess and work on Water and Waste water assets.
  • For any queries for Water please call 5777 or 336 4777. 

MSAF

  • With the Weather Office still maintaining a strong wind warning, Restrictions is still in place for the Fiji Waters as of the Advisory on Friday morning.
  • Currently, Ships are anchored at Natovi, Savusavu, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva harbors awaiting  clearance.

FRA

  • Both Queens Road and Kings Road are open
  • Jetty Road in Kadavu is closed due to a landslide.
  • Several roads are being monitored for closure and we will continue to issue alerts and warnings as required.
  • Please do not drive into water of unknown depth and current as this can be life threatening.
  • We are urging the public to please take all the necessary precautions and adhere to the advisories from relevant authorities.

FIJI AIRWAYS

  • Following weather and operational assessments, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link are happy to announce the resumption of most services from today (Sunday December 29, 2019).
  • Both airlines will rebook guests whose flights had been cancelled on the next available service.
  • Some supplementary services will be scheduled to cater for some of the cancellations. Affected guests will receive their new flight details once these are confirmed. Guests are requested to ensure that their email address is included in their booking details.
  • Flights to/from Kadavu remain cancelled.

OPERATIONAL FOCUS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS 

  • Public safety paramount.
  • NEOC to continue tracking and monitoring movement of TC Sarai, and with assistance of first responders ensure public safety.
  • Restoration of essential services.
  • Monitor reports of flooding and issue timely evacuation notifications.
  • Assist and monitor the evacuation of vulnerable communities to evacuation centers and to safe areas.
  • Coordination of humanitarian assistance to affected communities.
  • Public advisories issued on mainstream and social media.
  • Coordination of resources with Divisional DISMACs for optimum response.
  • Forward planning for damage assessments
  • NEOC to continue tracking and monitoring movement of TC Sarai, and with assistance of first responders ensure public safety.
  • Restoration of basic services is currently a priority.
  • NEOC will monitor reports of flooding and issue timely evacuation notifications.

Fiji Roads Authority – Situation Report | 1pm, Saturday 28th December 2019

Fiji Roads Authority

Media Release from the Fiji Roads Authority as at 1pm, Saturday 28th December 2019

This situation report is to advise of the status of FRA’s assets due to the effect of TC Sarai

  • Both Queens Road and Kings Road are open
  • Jetty Road in Kadavu is closed due to a landslide.
  • Several roads are being monitored for closure and we will continue to issue alerts and warnings as required.
  • Please do not drive into water of unknown depth and current as this can be life threatening.
  • We are urging the public to please take all the necessary precautions and adhere to the advisories from relevant authorities.

Keep up-to-date with the latest situation by following #FRAupdate on Facebook: Fiji Roads Authority and Twitter: @FijiRoads or visit our website: www.fijiroads.org

Members of the public can also contact the FRA on toll free number 5720 or email info@fijiroads.org

The full list of affected roads can be viewed here.

Call for more sporting activities to attract tourists

Call for more sporting activities to attract tourists
The Fiji Times –

TO attract more tourists into Lautoka, we must promote sporting groups since we have facilities such as Churchill Park to cater for the demand.

This was the view of Tanoa Hotel Group area general manager Narend Kumar.

Mr Kumar, who has been with the group for the past 11 years, explained the room numbers continued to increase because of the growing public demand.

“Tanoa Waterfront Hotel currently has 92 rooms which is just enough to cater for the current demand … we have also renovated all rooms and extended the gym to attract sports teams.”

The Lautoka man believed there needed to be more investment on inventory if developments continued to extend in Lautoka. He stated that while Lautoka may not have much tourist attractions the Waterfront mostly banked its services on the three growing segments which are corporate, sports and conference.

He stated the visiting friends and families market was also growing but usually sky rocketed when Lautoka played host to a major public event.

Read the full article here.