Westpac Confirms Support For Fijian Tourism Expo

Westpac Confirms Support For Fijian Tourism Expo

Fiji Sun – 17th April, 2019

Tourism Fiji is pleased to receive continued support from Westpac Banking Corporation for its annual Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) 2019, held May 22-24 at Denarau.
The annual three-day expo is an opportunity for international buyers and travel trade media to meet and do business with tourism industry exhibitors from across Fiji.
Westpac Fiji’s chief executive Kip Hanna said: “We know the positive impact success in the global tourism market has had right across the Fijian economy; benefiting businesses large and small and supporting many families and communities. Read more..

New flights likely between Vanuatu and New Caledonia

New flights likely between Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Radio New Zealand – 15th April, 2019

Vanuatu and New Caledonia have signed a new air services agreement which will allow increased travel opportunities between the two countries.

The deal was signed by Vanuatu’s prime minister Charlot Salwai and New Caledonia’s president Philippe Germain in Port Vila on Friday.

Air Vanuatu’s chief executive Derek Nice said it would allow the airline to increase flights and the size of aircraft used. Read more..

How to Make Your Small Business Website Really, Really Effective

How to Make Your Small Business Website Really, Really Effective

Entrepreneur Asia Pacific – 15th April, 2019

Most small business owners today know that they need a website. But what many fail to realize is that their websites need to be more effective.

A website is meant to attract consumers to your business. But what do those consumers do once they land on your website? Maybe they give you a call or pop into your bricks-and-mortar location some time. And, sure, that’s all fine and dandy. Read more…

The times they are a-changin’ – younger generation are influenced more by social media than friends and family

The times they are a-changin’ – younger generation are influenced more by social media than friends and family

Blue Swan Daily – April 9, 2019

A new survey released by UK experience design agency, 383, has found that 18-35 year olds are twice as likely to take advice from influencers on social media than they are to trust the judgement of friends and family when booking a holiday. More than half of students (18-24 year olds) and ‘Gullenials’ (gullible millennials) (58% and 53%, respectively) believe Facebook, Instagram and online bloggers are more trustworthy than their nearest and dearest.

The UK survey reveals the extent to which social media influences the buying decisions of consumers across generations, and the increasing control and dominance it has over big real-life decisions, including overseas travel. It suggests that a lack of street wisdom, coupled with the usual holiday maker’s suspension of disbelief, could make the younger generation more vulnerable to holiday scams – less likely when recommendations come from a trusted resource.

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Price and guest ratings carry more weight than brand value as key attributes to hotel property selection

Price and guest ratings carry more weight than brand value as key attributes to hotel property selection

Blue Swan Daily – April 12, 2019

New research from Expedia Group and Unabashed Research shows that independent hotels can more effectively compete with their branded counterparts with price and guest ratings carry more weight than brand value as key attributes to hotel property selection.

Unsurprisingly, the study of more than 900 general population consumers, shows that price is by far the most influential driver of hotel selection, as consumers prioritise value above all else when allocating their travel budgets. Promotions and discounts that represent a real value to the customer is an almost guaranteed way to get hotel shoppers’ attention and have them select a property, says the study.

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Paradise Beverages signs on as gold sponsors for FTE 2019

Paradise Beverages signs on as gold sponsors for FTE 2019

Tourism Fiji Media Release – Nadi, 11 April 2019

Tourism Fiji is proud to confirm Paradise Beverages as a Gold Sponsor for the Fijian Tourism Expo 2019, which is scheduled to take place from 22 to 24 May.

The region’s leading beverages company, Paradise Beverages  has signed on to be the official beer, spirits and alcohol sponsor for the event this year.

Paradise Beverages General Manager of Marketing and New Product Development, Ms Rowena Taito said, “We have partnered with FTE from the beginning and have witnessed the growth and diversity year on year showcasing all that Fiji has to offer to visitors to our shores.

“Our partnership represents an exciting opportunity for us to showcase  our globally award-winning Rum Co of Fiji Bati and Ratu rums and world-class beers with people from across the world,” Ms Taito said.

Ms Taito added, “The tourism market is just as important to Paradise Beverages as it is to our country, and we do our part by ensuring an ever-growing portfolio  caters for, not just our local consumers, but also for  visitors to Fiji, who have a much wider selection in their own countries.

Ms Taito further states that as a leading employer, we are also proud of the important economic contribution we make to the region,  contributing around  $100 million to Government revenue each year through taxes and duty.

“Approximately one third of tourism spend is on food and beverages. We want to ensure visitors to Fiji  have the best experiences. And we would like to wish Tourism Fiji and the event committee all the best with the 2019 FTE, and look forward to all it has to offer,” reiterated Ms Taito.

Paradise Beverages also supports other major events, such as the annual Uprising Music Festival, that help bring people into the country.

Tourism Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Stoeckel said, “We value all our sponsors and would like to thank Paradise Beverages for extending their partnership and working relationship with us this year. The support from our Industry partners for this upcoming event has been great and has us on track for a very successful FTE 2019.”

The Fijian Tourism Expo 2019 will be held from 22 to 24 May at the Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island.

About Paradise Beverages

A leading local manufacturer and among the Pacific region’s largest local employers, Paradise Beverages employs 600 staff in Fiji and Samoa. Purchased by Coca Cola Amatil in 2012, Paradise Beverages’ beer range includes Fiji Bitter, Fiji Gold, Vonu Pure Lager, Fiji Premium and Vailima Lager. It also specialises in pre-mixed alcoholic beverages including the Tribe range, Bounty and Cola, and Joske’s Brew. It is renowned world-wide for its multi award-winning Bounty, Ratu and Bati rum ranges, all from Rum Co of Fiji. Further information on Paradise Beverages is available at www.paradisebeverages.com.fj.

Editor’s note: The Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) is a unique tourism experience for international buyers of tourism products. FTE will showcase for all the tourism industry in Fiji has to offer. This is a great platform to promote the entire destination to the global market and Tourism Fiji is happy to be facilitating meetings between buyers and sellers during this Expo.

For more information please contact:

Ellen Magnus

Tourism Fiji

Communications Coordinator

Mobile: (+679) 7777912

Work: (+679) 6721721

Email: estolz@tourismfiji.com.fj

Crown Prince of Norway arrives; accorded traditional ceremony

Crown Prince of Norway arrives; accorded traditional ceremony

The Fiji Times – April 8, 2019 by ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

HIS Royal Highness Crown Prince of Norway Haakon Magnus has arrived into the country.

Prince Magnus was accorded a traditional welcoming ceremony at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva this afternoon.

Present at the welcoming ceremony were the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, Members of Parliament, Foreign Diplomats and senior Government officials.

The traditional welcoming ceremony was performed by personnel from the  Republic of the Fiji Military Forces.