Port Denarau Marina CEO Wins Tourism Leader Award


Port Denarau Marina is proud to announce that its CEO, Cynthia Rasch, has been honoured with the Dixon Seeto Tourism
Leader Award at the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards (FETA), held on February 25, 2023, at the Sofitel Fiji Resort.

The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in Fiji and have shown
exceptional leadership skills. The event’s theme for this year is “Celebrating Resilience and Recovery in Tourism.”

Ms. Rasch has been leading Port Denarau Marina since 2017, during which time the Marina has grown into a regional hub
for maritime activities and tourism. Under her leadership, the Marina has exhibited remarkable resilience throughout
COVID and beyond, with tenancy relationships, community involvement, and the creation of the Blue Lanes initiative. The
Blue Lanes initiative has been recognized for its innovative approach, which has been widely lauded for preventing the
spread of COVID-19 while providing safe and responsible tourism during the pandemic. By revitalizing Fiji’s tourism industry
during COVID, it has helped boost the country’s economy, representing an example of the private sector and government
collaboration in finding innovative solutions to complex challenges.

“I am honored to receive this award, and I accept it on behalf of the entire team at Port Denarau Marina,” said Ms. Rasch.

“Our success is a result of the hard work and dedication of every staff member who has contributed to making Port
Denarau Marina a world-class destination.”

Port Denarau Marina also received the Silver award in Support to Industry at the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards.

The award recognizes businesses that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to supporting the tourism industry
in Fiji.

“We are thrilled to receive this award and are extremely happy with the recognition of Cynthia’s leadership and efforts
during the time of COVID and the hard work she put into the Blue Lane initiative. The awards are testaments to our dedication to supporting the tourism industry in Fiji,” said Port Denarau Marina’s Chairman Malakai Naiyaga. “We are proud to be
a part of this vibrant industry and will continue to work tirelessly to support its growth and development.” The marina has
previously been a finalist for Service and Support to Industry in 2016 and won in the same category in 2019, making this
their fourth FETA award.

The ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards recognizes exceptional tourism industry contributions in Fiji and is widely regarded as one of the country’s most prestigious tourism awards. Port Denarau Marina is honored to be recognized for its role
in the industry and is committed to continuing to provide world-class services to its customers