Workshop addresses digital gap in tourism sector

Workshop addresses digital gap in tourism sector

Fiji Times – June 11, 2019

Businesses in the tourism sector can capitalise much more from the digital landscape as it could boost their customer outreach by creating more exposure.

This is the main focus of a two-day workshop held in the country on June 10 and 13, organised by Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia in partnership with Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association.

According to PTI project co-ordinator Onorina Fugawai, participants at the workshop represented the broader spectrum of the tourism sector from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade to local businesses. Read more here.

Tourism Fiji Hosts Top Chinese Celebrity Mr Luo Yunxi

Tourism Fiji Hosts Top Chinese Celebrity Mr Luo Yunxi

Tourism Fiji Media Release

Nadi – 10 June 2019

Tourism Fiji in partnership with Fiji Airways recently welcomed the well-known Chinese actor and singer, Mr. Luo Yunxi, to visit Fiji. Mr Luo is regarded as a unique, positive and influential storyteller and was engaged by Tourism Fiji to visit Fiji and share his experiences with the destination across his networks.

Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Fiji, Matthew Stoeckel said, “China is a strategically important market for Fiji. It’s our fourth largest market with more Chinese visitors traveling to Fiji each year. We were thrilled to work with Mr Luo in creating content around his visit to Fiji that will be shared with his more than 12 million followers.”

With a bright and vibrant image, Mr. Luo has gained popularity with his role in a hot TV series in China. Being a lover of nature and adventure, Luo’s trip to Fiji in May has seen him participating in activities such as a cultural village tour, skydiving, snorkeling and a helicopter scenic tour over the Mamanuca Islands.

Commenting on his trip to Fiji, Luo said, “I was extremely delighted to be invited to visit Fiji and to champion the promotion of Fiji since its one of my favourite holiday destinations. The country has so much to offer and I’m fascinated by its warm and welcoming people, spectacular nature, unique culture and traditions as well as its range of adventure activities. I recommend everyone to experience Fiji, the place where happiness finds you, once in their lifetime as there’s truly nothing like it.”

Tourism Fiji regional manager in Greater China Vincent Zheng said, “With Luo’s influence in China, Tourism Fiji is confident to be able to create buzz and excitement about Fiji as a must-visit holiday destination within the market. We will collaborate with our brand ambassador in a number of ways, ranging from media hosting and profile-raising opportunities, to content development, events and social media campaigns.”

For more information please contact:

Ellen Magnus
Tourism Fiji
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (679) 6722433 Ext 3113
Mobile: (679) 7777912

New Head of Tourism & Corporate, West

New Head of Tourism & Corporate, West

BSP Media Release – 9th June, 2019.

BSP is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Maikash Ali as its Head of Tourism and Corporate Banking – West. He joins the Bank’s Senior Management team bringing with him over 30 years of professional banking experience in Fiji and overseas.

He joined ANZ in 1988 and held various positions including senior management roles such as the Head of Tourism and Regional Executive West.  Ali’s key focus will be overseeing the bank’s west based corporate & international team and leading BSP’s expansion into the Tourism sector.

He was employed with ANZ in Auckland, New Zealand until last year where he left after holding the post of Senior Relationship Manager and was part of the Senior Leadership Group.

Maikash was born in Ba and grew up in Tavua before going to New Zealand in 1988 for studies where he graduated from the Auckland University. He is involved in philanthropic causes including being a Trustee of the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation.

Commenting on the appointment, BSP Country Head Haroon Ali said: “This appointment demonstrates our confidence in the depth of Fiji’s pool of human capital.  We are proud to find this local talent with global banking experience and having an extensive network of contacts in Tourism and the Corporate sector.  He joins our existing team of highly talented leaders and will definitely boost our proven track record of delivering world class banking solutions and exceptional client services. He further added that BSP is very pleased that Maikash has joined a fast growing Bank that calls Fiji its home.”

Mr Maikash Ali was delighted to join BSP and said “I have been watching BSP grow over the last 10 years and am proud to join the green team.  I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to working with the team to grow the business further.”

He is the proud husband of Pravina Ali and father to Azarish Ali and Zonal Ali. He enjoys fishing, cooking, gardening and networking outside of work.

The Management and Staff of BSP extend warmest congratulations to Mr Ali and wish him success in his new role.