NEW! Cure Kids Fiji Retail Line

NEW! Cure Kids Fiji Retail Line

Cure Kids Fiji is pleased to announce the pilot phase launch of our retail line – a selection of functional ‘Fiji’ inspired products for children.

Currently available at VOMO Island Fiji & on Captain Cook Cruises MV Reef Endeavour guests can purchase their favourite items to take home as souvenirs or entertain their kids while on holiday.

100% of proceeds from this initiative go directly to Cure Kids Fiji to address some of the most significant health problems facing children in Fiji today.

Novotel Suva Lami Bay Gallery

Novotel Suva Lami Bay Gallery

We’re excited to share the newly revamped Novotel Suva Lami Bay ‘Cure Kids Fiji Gallery’ – featuring local artist’s work & it’s all FOR SALE!

20% of each sale goes directly towards Cure Kids Fiji’s child health programs, helping save lives around the country. Pop in and enquire with the Novotel front office team to purchase your favourites!

Currently featured artists include Aaron Fiji Art & Eden’s Art.

Are you an artist? Drop us an email if you would like a space to exhibit and sell your work to the public.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Raises $17,000 for Child Health in Fiji

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Raises $17,000 for Child Health in Fiji

Only a year into the partnership, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has successfully raised FJ$17,000 for Cure Kids Fiji’s child health initiatives. Cure Kids Fiji is very grateful to Captain Cook Cruises and their guests for their commitment to making a real difference in the lives of our children.

According to Tony Acland, General Manager, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, “We are thrilled to have raised these funds for Cure Kids Fiji and have been able to help so many children and their families.”

“Our Reef Endeavour guests have been so supportive of our fundraising efforts and are more than happy to pay the optional $1 per room per night charge that goes directly to Cure Kids Fiji. We look forward to supporting this great charity for many years to come.” Continues Mr Acland.

We look forward to continuing our work with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for years to come, to strengthen vital health programs for our Fijian children.

Hilton Fiji Welcomes two New Members

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa

ETB Travel New published Sepetmber 16th, 2019.

Hilton Fiji Welcomes two New Members to its Management Team Hilton Fiji welcomed two new members to its management team this month. Nauman Hasan has taken on the role of Hotel Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island, while Waleed Hassan has joined as Cluster Commercial Director of both Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa and DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island.Read more…   

Banking system liquidity increases to $617.7 million – RBF

Banking system liquidity increases to $617.7 million – RBF

Fiji Village – Wednesday 9th October 2019.

The Reserve Bank of Fiji states that the banking system liquidity increased in August by 21.9 percent to $617.7 million, on account of an increase in foreign reserves which more-than-offset the increase in currency in circulation deposits and statutory reserve.

The RBF states that as at 27th September, liquidity stood at $628.2 million.

It also says that over the month in August, the Fijian dollar strengthened against the Australian and NZ dollars but weakened against the Yen, US dollar and the Euro. Annually, the FJD appreciated against the AUD, Euro and the NZD but was lower against the Yen and the USD. Read more…

RBF says domestic sectoral performance to-date remains largely mixed

RBF says domestic sectoral performance to-date remains largely mixed

Fiji Village – Wednesday 9th October, 2019.

The Reserve Bank of Fiji says domestic sectoral performance to-date remains largely mixed due to increases and decreases in different sectors in the economy.

The RBF says that visitor arrivals rose by 4.4 percent in the year to August due to higher arrivals from the United States, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and Pacific Island Countries.

The central bank’s economic review for September also states that mahogany production rose, while woodchips, pinewood, sawn timber, and gold output fell in the same period. Read more…

Plantation Island Resort’s Bright Future and Exciting New Development

Plantation Island Resort’s Bright Future and Exciting New Development

Plantation Island Resort Press Release

Plantation Island Resort is pleased to announce that it has opened their stunning FJ$16 million development on time on 1 September 2019. This exciting development features a new Arrivals Bure, Restaurant, Pool, Bar and 40 new Ocean View Hotel Rooms!The breathtaking Arrivals precinct includes a large Arrivals Bure where guests receive a seamless arrival experience from start to finish. New arriving guests are welcomed by stunning views of Malolo Lailai Bay, and the Arrivals precinct itself draws inspiration from the materiality, massing and planning of the traditional Fijian village.

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Further to the attached press release advising the opening of the new development at Plantation Island Resort, please refer to the link below for images.

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Blue Lagoon Cruises Single Use Plastic Free

Blue Lagoon Cruises Single Use Plastic Free

Blue Lagoon Cruises – Monday 7th October 2019.

At Blue Lagoon Cruises, we are a business committed to creating a sustainable operating environment. Being the leading marine tourism operator in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, we are therefore committed to preserving this beautiful and pristine region.

We are very excited to announce that as of 1 April 2020, Blue Lagoon Cruises and our ship, M.V. Fiji Princess will be single use plastic free. Some changes made to our ship and cruises are:

1.      All guests will be gifted a re-usable water bottle on arrival

2.      The installation of artisan filtered mineral water stations throughout the ship which means drinking water on board is now complimentary

3.      The installation of an on board glass crusher which turns all glass bottles on board (beer, wine etc) into sand within seconds to allow for an easy and responsible disposal

4.      All land-based guest dining experiences, uses crockery and cutlery brought from (and returned to) the ship

5.      Any products ordered as gifts or for sale on board are specifically ordered to be delivered with no plastic wrapping

6.      Only paper straws are used in the on board bars and restaurant

7.      Only aluminum and glass beverage products used on board

Justin Wellington Guest Artist at Denarau Food Wine and Music Festival This Weekend

Justin Wellington Guest Artist at Denarau Food Wine and  Music Festival This Weekend

Tourism Fiji, 4 October 2019 – Pacific Island singing sensation, Mr. Justin Wellington will be making his debut performance in Fiji this weekend at this Denarau Food, Wine and Music Festival that’s being held in Nadi today (Saturday 5 th October).

In an interview yesterday, Mr. Wellington said, “I’ve been to Fiji numerous times, but I’ve never actually performed here so when festival organizers invited me to perform it was a no brainer for me. Fiji is one of the countries that really promotes my music on the radio and airwaves and though I’ve never worked with Knox Entertainment before, when we met there was a great connection and I’m looking forward to performing this weekend!”

While encouraging music lovers to come out this weekend, Mr Wellington said, “You won’t be disappointed! There’s an array of musical talents and artists at this year’s event. I will be performing some of my first few hit songs and a new track, titled ‘My Girl’ that I just recently
released.”

Also featuring at the event is Fijian alternative rock band ‘Glass Alley Fiji’ who are excited to be performing this weekend. Band member Mr. Alby Eastgate said, “We’ll be performing two unheard songs at the festival, and I would just like to encourage everyone to come out and have a great time whilst supporting local musicians and artists.”

Other well-known artists performing at the festival include Knox & the Brotherhood, Nem & Talei, DJ Christonite, Will & Sem, RAKO, Love33, Groove Co and Terio Dagoniyasi.

The event runs from 3pm to midnight on Denarau Island in Nadi and has food stalls, dedicated beverage tents and non-stop live performances. Hotels and resorts have come on board to help market the event which promises to be another fun-filled entertainment experience for festival goes.

The one-day event also showcases wine suppliers and the best local live performances in dance music and art. The event is one of a handful that Tourism Fiji supports through its Events Development Fund (EDF) which was launched in 2017.

Plantation Island Resort named best island Resort for families

Plantation Island Resort named best island Resort for families

Raffe Hotels & Resorts, 03 October 2019 – Plantation Island Resort is proud to announce that it has been named Best Fiji Island Family Hotel or Resort in the Out & About with Kids Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019. More than 120,000 people voted across 44 categories over the last 3 months for the Out & About with Kids 9th annual awards.

“We are so proud of this achievement” states Director of Sales & Marketing, Akshay Singh. “This award is a testament to all the hard work that our people have put in to improve the Resort over the last 5 years. We have beaten some fantastic Fijian island Resorts to this gong, so we truly honoured.

Out & About with Kids Magazine is one of the leading Australian magazines with a distribution of more than 400,000, many Australian parents look to the magazine to decide on activities and experiences for the whole family.

REPORT: RBF Economic Review

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has published the Economic Review for the month ended August 2019.

Some highlights of the report are:

  • New investment lending by commercial banks fell by -25.9% cumulative to July due to a decline in lending to both the real estate and new lending by commercial banks for consumption purposes declined by -1.5%.
  • Annual inflation fell by 0.7% in July lower than the 2.8.1% in June but lower than the 4.7% in July last year.
  • Liquidity grew by 16.7% in July to $506.6m due to the increase in foreign reserves (and anecdotal information that there has been slower lending from banks).
  • Over the month of July, the Fiji dollar strengthened against the Australian dollar (+0.9%), Euro (0.9%) and the New Zealand dollar(0.3%) but weakened against the US dollar (-1.0%) and the Japanese Yen (-0.2%)

View the full report here.

REPORT: UNWTO International Tourism Highlights

The World Tourism Organisation has published the 2019 edition of the International Tourism Highlights.

Some highlights of the report are:

  • International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2018 to reach 1.4 billion which was 2 years ahead of the UNWTO forecast figure.
  • Interesting to note that Asia and the Pacific recorded the highest growth in arrivals as well as above-average growth in tourism earnings.
  • Tourism generates USD 5 billion a day in exports.

View the full report here.

REPORT: FBoS Tourism Earnings – June 2019 (2nd Quarter)

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics has released the Tourism Earnings Report for the second quarter of 2019.

Some highlights from the report:

  • June Quarter Tourism Earnings has experienced a positive growth of 10.1% compared to the 2018 June Quarter, moreso higher than the March Quarter of 2019.
  • Major changes in earnings recorded by Australia (up by 6.5%), NZ (up by 10.6%), USA (up by 24.4%) and China (down by 0.9%).
  • The mentioned countries accounted for 81.6% of earnings in the June quarter of 2019, a decrease of 0.5% when compared to the June quarter of 2018.
  • With regards to source market spending trends, Australian visitors accounted for 40.2% of total arrivals to Fiji and 43.13% of total spending by visitors in June 2019

View the full report here.

USP: Assistance with Placements for Hotel Management Interns 2020

USP: Assistance with Placements for Hotel Management Interns 2020

University of the South Pacific, 03 October 2019 – The School of Tourism & Hospitality Management at the University of the South Pacific successfully concluded its Annual Careers Fair at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa on Friday, September 27th on World Tourism Day.

While industry reps are still reviewing their interviews with the Hotel Management interns and will confirm their intakes soon, the School extends an invitation to other industry partners to step forward to support the internship programme and mentor future tourism & hospitality personnel.

Currently there are 33 interns, 11 of which are final year interns, who upon completing their 12 months internship next year are free to continue as permanent employees. These students weren’t able to serve an internship this year due to personal reasons but have added value to their year by gaining work experience, OPERA training and Basic First Aid Training. They are computer literate and are recommended by the School.

Twenty two interns will be 3rd year students next year and will return after their 12 months internship in 2020 to complete their final year at USP (2021). The Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management is a 4-year programme.

Biodata for all these interns are available upon request.

For more information, please contact Ella Bennion at USP directly via email to bennion_e@usp.ac.fj.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji proud to participate in Pinktober

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji proud to participate in Pinktober

02 October 2019 – The Radisson Blu Resort on Denarau Island will be holding a number of activities during the month of October to show the resort’s support for breast cancer research and awareness.

Throughout the month, The Radisson Blu will have donation tins available throughout the resort for contributions in exchange for pink ribbons that have become the symbol for the advocacy of breast cancer awareness. A pink march accompanied by an awareness breakfast will take place towards the end of the month which the resort is opening up for staff and any guests who would like to participate.

To continuously spread the message, other areas of the organisation, such as the Food and Beverage team are doing their part by accenting breakfast items every Friday in what has popularly become known as the Pink Breakfast.

From a staff and community engagement aspect, mammograms and clinics are being organised with the assistance of the Fiji Cancer Society.
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji General Manager, Mr. Charles Homsy, said, “breast cancer affects many people, and many Fijians’ lives are affected year after year by this terrible disease. However, a lot of this can be prevented through awareness and early detection, and the Radisson Blu is glad to be in a position to be able to spread this message in every way we can.”

All funds raised during Pinktober will go directly to the Fiji Cancer Society towards breast cancer awareness and research projects around Fiji.

Source: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

ANZ Commits To Doubling The Difference to Communities Across Fiji

ANZ Commits To Doubling The Difference to Communities Across Fiji

Fiji Sun, 01 October 2019 – ANZ Fiji will match $2 for every dollar that their staff will donate through its Staff Foundation Workplace Giving Program, to double the difference it makes in the community.

“Over the past 13 years, we have donated more than $500,000 to local charities and it’s all thanks to our staff members who donate money from their salary each week, which ANZ matched dollar for dollar,” ANZ Fiji Country Head, Saud Minam said.

“Now with a $5 donation – about the same cost as a coffee – each fortnight, once ANZ matches this 2:1, it equates to $390 for the organisation in a year. Imagine if 10 staff members do this – that’s $3,900.”…read more