FHTA VMS Update to Members No. 6 – VMS Deadline Extension Confirmed

FHTA VMS Update to Members No. 6 – VMS Deadline Extension Confirmed

This is the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association’s (FHTA’s) 6th VMS Update to members since the confirmation of the Fiji Revenue & Customs Services (FRCS) announcement of the Vat Monitoring System (VMS) or Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD) Roll Out on 29 May 2019.

The due date for businesses included under Phase 3 the VMS/EFD Regulations to install, implement and operate an EFD has been extended from 31 July 2019 to 30 April 2020.

Groups of businesses included under Phase 3 of the VMS/EFD Regulations are as follows:

Groups of businesses
Accommodation Includes hotels, boarding houses, lodging houses, guest houses and any building, vessel, premises, structure, caravan or house on wheels not being a public institution used for the business of receiving guests or travellers for any period of time or to which persons are entitled to resort for accommodation for hire or reward of any kind.
Architecture and engineering
Includes architectural and engineering activities and related technical consultancies. Commercial health care services Includes the provision of health care services on a commercial basis such as private hospitals, general or specialty medical and surgical hospitals, sanatoria, nursing homes, asylums, rehabilitation centres, medical practices, dental practices, allied health practices and optometry practices that are profit oriented businesses.
Construction Includes contractors and subcontractors in the construction or maintenance of buildings, construction of other civil engineering projects, demolition and site preparation, electrical installation, plumbing, heat and air-conditioning installation, other construction installation, building completion and finishing and other specialised construction activities.
Food services Includes the provision of food or drink whether alcoholic or otherwise in exchange for money or consideration such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, taverns and catering services.
Freight operators
Includes freight transport by road, sea and coastal freight water transport, inland freight water transport, freight air transport, warehousing and storage, service activities incidental to land transportation, service activities incidental to water transportation, service activities incidental to air transportation, cargo handling, other transportation support activities, postal activities and courier activities, including customs agents.
Real estate agents
Includes all real estate agent activities in relation to owned or leased property and any real estate agent activity on a fee or contract basis.
Service stations
Specialised stores involved in the provision of the retail sale of automotive fuel and other goods, servicing of vehicles and other services provided at service stations.
Wholesalers and manufacturers
Includes dealers, traders, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributers of goods for sale that purchase great quantities of goods for resale. This also includes hardware companies, supermarkets and pharmacies that are wholesalers or manufacturers.
Do contact the Secretariat if you have any queries.

‘Fight for our lives’: Fiji calls world leaders ‘selfish’ as it lays out climate crisis blueprint

‘Fight for our lives’: Fiji calls world leaders ‘selfish’ as it lays out climate crisis blueprint

The Guardian – 07 August 2019

Fiji will introduce one of the world’s most ambitious legislative programs to tackle the climate crisis, and has labelled the global community’s decision to set aside the call for global heating to be capped at 1.5C “grossly irresponsible and selfish”.

In a speech to the Fijian parliament on Wednesday morning announcing the upcoming climate change act, Fiji’s attorney general and minister for economy and climate change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, called global heating: “‘A fight for our lives and our livelihoods.”

Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Tuvalu next week, which will be attended by leaders of Pacific countries including Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama – a former president of COP23, the UN’s influential climate body, and world leader in the climate fight – and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

Read original story here.

New planes for airline

New planes for airline

The Fiji Times – 07 August 2019

TWO new Airbus A350 will be added to the Fiji Airways fleet by the end of the year.

This was confirmed by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament on Monday.

He said the acquisition of the aircraft was well underway with the first delivered by November and the second in December.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the planes would start with their commercial entry by the end of December.

Read full article here.


Vanuatu and its flag carrier prepare for surge in Asian visitors

Vanuatu and its flag carrier prepare for surge in Asian visitors

The Blue Swan Daily – 07 August 2019

Vanuatu is preparing for an influx of Asian visitors as the small island country in the South Pacific increases in popularity. The nation has historically relied on attracting visitors from nearby countries within the Oceania region – primarily Australia and New Zealand. Its tourism industry is keen to diversify by attracting new source markets, particularly in Asia.

There were fewer than 8,000 visitor arrivals from Asia in 2018. However, the Asia market has been growing rapidly; in 2013 there were less than 4,000 visitor arrivals from Asia. China has been the main driver with Chinese visitor numbers increasing from 1,000 in 2013 to 4,000 in 2018. Indian, Japanese and Korean visitor numbers have also been increasing rapidly but from an even smaller base.

During this same period Australian visitor numbers decreased by 8% – from 66,000 to in 2013 to 61,000 in 2018.  Australia is still Vanuatu’s largest source market by a wide margin, accounting for 52% of total visitor numbers in 2018.

Read the full article here.

Special Administrators Appointed

The Fiji Times – 06 August 2019

SEVEN teams of special administrators have been appointed to oversee the governance and operations of the 13 municipal councils in the country.

This is through the Fijian Government’s commitment to strengthen governance and service delivery across Fiji’s towns and cities.

These administrators will be council members of respective municipal councils and will be regarded as the duly constituted council.

A chair will lead this team and they will be tasked with modernising practices and streamlining processes to ensure cities and towns provide services to ratepayers and citizens in the most efficient, transparent and cost-effective way.

Special Administrators for Suva and Lami; Nausori and Nasinu; Lautoka and Ba
Special Administrators for Nadi and Sigatoka; Rakiraki, Tavua and Levuka; Labasa and Savusavu

Read full story here.

‘Hong Kong flights not affected’

One of the Fiji Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at Nadi International Airport. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

The Fiji Times – 06 August 2019

FIJI Airways flights to and from Hong Kong International Airport have not been affected by a city-wide protest by pro-democracy emonstrators who rallied against their Government.

A spokesperson for the airline said Fiji Airways flights to the Asian metropolis were operating as scheduled.

The airline operates weekly flights to Hong Kong International.

According to Aljazeera, at least eight railway lines including the airport express were fully or partly shut down.

The closures were caused by several protestors blocking entrances to the commuter trains.

Read full story here.

Early warning system for wave flooding

Early warning system for wave flooding

The Fiji Times – 05 August 2019

THE Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project in Fiji (CIFDP) can be used to monitor and detect tsunami and cyclone wave forecasts in the future.

This was highlighted by Pacific Community’s team leader Oceanography Geoscience Energy Maritime Division Herve Damlamian who also heads the CIFDP research team.

Mr Damlamian said the CIFDP was an early warning system for wave flooding and it was currently being trialled along the Coral Coast at Maui Bay just outside Sigatoka.

“In Fiji, especially along the Coral Coast, you will get some flooding,” Mr Damlamian said.

“Take for example when big waves that come in and flood the coastal areas despite no storms or cyclones, “So this is an event that happened sometime back in 2010, 2011 and twice last year and it is quite a recurrent event.

“So SPC worked in partnership with the Fiji Meteorological Service and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for this project.

“Our team looked at developing an innovative forecast system that will be able to forecast seven days in advance these types of inundation events and this system is tailored to the resources which are currently available at the Fiji Meteorological Service.”

He said the CIFDP was a demonstration project which started three years ago.

Read full article here.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa welcomes Resort Manager and Director Dining & Entertainment

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa welcomes Resort Manager and Director Dining & Entertainment


(NATADOLA, FIJI) Monday 5th August 2019 – InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is delighted to announce two new appointments to their resort’s leadership team with Robert Clark and Bjoern Noeldner joining as Resort Manager and Director Dining & Entertainment respectively.

Robert Clark
Robert Clark

Drawing from more than 25 years of experience in the hotel industry, Robert will be responsible in running the resort’s overall operations, ensuring that guests receive exceptional and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.Throughout his tenure, Robert has worked with many luxury brands including IHG and Kempinski. He joins us from a sister property in Abu Dhabi, where he recently served as General Manager.

Bjoern will oversee the food and beverage operations of InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa’s 3 dining outlets, in room dining, banqueting and catering services as well as plan the overall entertainment schedule for the resort. A goal-driven individual with strong leadership acumen, his experience spans luxury hotel brands including Starwood and Kempinski.

“We are delighted to welcome Robert and Bjoern to InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Their wealth of expertise, know-how and passion in their respective fields will be invaluable to our ongoing efforts to grow the business and enhance the overall guest experience at our Resort,” said Andrew Davidson, Area General Manager South Pacific atInterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.

Bjoern Noeldner
Bjoern Noeldner

“InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa continue to recruit skilled and experienced leaders with amazing track records of excellence in service. Both Robert and Bjeorn will be perfect complements to our management team and we look forward to having them contribute positively to our Fijian hospitality,”
said Andrew Davidson, Area General Manager South Pacific at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) with over 5,000 and 744,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries. Overlooking the azure waters of Natadola Beach – voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world, and Fiji’s finest beach, the resort is spread across 35 acres of tropical manicured gardens and offers all of the facilities and services expected of luxury international resort.

Click here for more news and updates on the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa or contact the resort on 673 3455 / enquiries.fiji@ihg.com.

About the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa:
The only luxury resort on beautiful Natadola Bay, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is designed to treat guests to an exclusive outer island experience on the main land. Spread across 35 acres of tropical manicured landscapes, the resort offers the facilities and services expected of a luxury international resort, including a luxury spa, three pools, a dive pool, an on-site dive centre, three restaurants & two bars, recreation and beach activities centre, volleyball, gym and fitness centre and 18-hole championship golf course.

Vanua protects marine reserve

Tui Drola Ratu Manasa Naikasowalu, third from left, with owners of Nanuya Island Resort and guests at the launch of the Nanuya Island Resort traditional marine reserve. Picture: SITERI SAUVAKACOLO

Fiji Times – 05 August 2019

The people of Nacula, Yasawa, have taken a stand to protect their marine reserve by partnering with Nanuya Island Resort.

Leading the charge was Nacula’s paramount chief Na Momo na Tui Drola Ratu Manasa Naikasowalu who launched the taboo ceremony at the resort last Friday.

He said the traditional taboo was an opportunity for the vanua to look at the importance of protecting their fishing grounds.

He added this would boost marine conservation efforts of the vanua of Drola.

Vinaka Fiji general manager Elenoa Nimacere said the taboo was important to the Yasawa Group as it would bring back marine food species that had been scarce for some years now.

The five-year taboo is a partnership between the vanua o Drola, Vinaka Fiji, Nanuya Island Resort and the Government.

See original story here.

Business Link Pacific Portal Launch to Benefit SMEs: Curr

Business Link Pacific Portal Launch to Benefit SMEs: Curr

Fiji One News – 4th August, 2019

Small to Medium Enterprise’s in Fiji earn around 12%  of the Gross Domestic Product of the Country.

This was Revealed by New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji -Jonathan Curr while officiating during the Business Link Pacific Portal Launch held at USP  on Friday.

Curr says Since 2017 BLP has helped more than 160 SME’s in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and PNG.

The Portal is an innovative Online Platform designed to Connect business advisors to SME businesses. Read more..

IFC Report: The Business Case for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Fiji

IFC Report: The Business Case for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Fiji

Friday, 02 August 2019 – The International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched a new report on the business case for workplace responses to domestic and sexual violence in Fiji at the Holiday Inn in Suva. This Report is now accessible online and  you can download this, with other materials, via the following links.

  1. IFC Press Release
  2. IFC report: The Business Case for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Fiji
  3. IFC Video Animation