Fiji Airways Awarded for Best Food & Beverage in the South Pacific by APEX

Fiji Airways Awarded for Best Food & Beverage in the South Pacific by APEX

9 June 2022: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has been awarded the 2022 Passenger Choice Award® for Best Food & Beverage in the South Pacific by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX). Fiji’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency, Mr Jitoko Tikolevu, accepted the award on behalf of the airline at an award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday 8 June.

Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO, Mr Andre Viljoen welcomed the regional culinary recognition: “This recognition represents almost 24 months of care and commitment from our Fiji Airways family to take our service to an entirely new level. Fiji is open and travelling to our islands has never been better. We’re grateful to APEX and our customers for this recognition of our new in-flight menu. Our team have worked hard in offering a dining experience to our customers that is equal parts phenomenal and uniquely Fijian. If you haven’t tried our kava ice cream –– you must!”

Fiji Airways launched its new award-winning Business Class menu with multi-award-winning chef Richard Cross earlier this year, taking the airline’s catering to new heights. A highlight of the new in-flight dessert menu includes Chef Cross’s signature kava and cinnamon ice cream, as well as cookies and cream banoffee parfait, and bittersweet chocolate panna cotta. Showcasing homegrown vegetables in a new light, modern cooking and preservation techniques have been used to transform the likes of cassava, sweet potato (yellow kumala), dalo (taro) and plantain into edible garnishes you’d expect to enjoy in a fine-dining restaurant.

Cross runs regular workshops with Cabin Crew Trainers at the airline’s Aviation Academy in Nadi, Fiji, providing hands-on training for Fiji Airways Cabin Crew to ensure they can confidently execute the new techniques and deliver an elevated onboard dining experience. He also works directly with the crew on flights to ensure that the airline’s dining experience is consistent.

The airline is working on a number of enhancements in other key areas which will further enrich the guest experience with Fiji Airways.

Building Back Blue: BLUE ACCELERATOR GRANT SCHEME

Building Back Blue: BLUE ACCELERATOR GRANT SCHEME

The Blue Accelerator Grant Scheme, funded by UNDP, aims to support statutory organisations, private businesses, cooperatives, civil society organisations, non-government organisations and community-based organisations, that have developed highly promising blue economy projects that are aligned to national development priorities and have a compelling business case to support either a pilot phase or a scale-up phase. It is separate from the Blue Bond but is expected to create a pipeline of projects that could then be supported by the Blue Bond, such as through the Blue Investment Fund. This call for proposal seeks well-developed funding proposals for projects that have already done substantial preparatory works and need financial support to rapidly operationalise or scale. Projects in the conceptualization or concept stage are not being solicited by this call for proposal.

Projects that are selected through the grant scheme will be given tailored support from the Drua Incubator of the Fijian Government, UNDP’s Inclusive Growth team, the Accelerator Lab in the Pacific, and established partners from the private sector. Apart from providing technical assistance, the grant scheme will also provide performance-based impact grants to respective project proponents and help attract private sector investors such as venture capitalists and angel investors. Each project will be required to work with the Drua Incubator to establish robust impact indicators. The grant scheme will evaluate projects relative to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with particular reference to SDG 14 targets.

  • Who can apply
  • Statutory organizations, registered PBs, CSOs, NGOs, and CBOs in Fiji involved in the blue economy space and supporting gender sensitized national development or are either involved in community development in one or more of the priority areas for this grant scheme or are interested in integrating sustainable blue economy approaches into their existing programmes/projects/initiatives.
  • Community-Based Organisations (for example youth groups, women’s groups, religious groups, as well as social enterprises) that are involved in community development, are encouraged to apply with a letter of support from local/subnational government partners or registered CSOs and NGOs.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their letters of partnership with local/subnational government stakeholders, CSO/NGO partners, government gender machinery and government agencies responsible for climate change and disaster risk management. Selected applicants might be required to submit support letters from partner public agencies. Land access/ title rights may also need to be submitted where applicable.

Procedures of submission

  • Fill out the Funding Proposal Template and provide all relevant documents (see Annex A)
  • Include CVs of lead implementing staff
  • Please send 1 & 2 above electronically in one file (PDF format) signed and scanned to the following email: blueacceleratorgrantscheme@gmail.com. If additional clarifications are required, questions can be sent to the same email address indicated above by 27 June 2022. Answers to questions will be provided within two working days and will be posted for the benefit of all applicants.
  • The documents can be located on the UNDP website via the link HERE.

Application deadline
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2022 at 5pm Fiji time. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Contact
For more information, please email the team at blueacceleratorgrantscheme@gmail.com

SPA InterContinental Nominated for World Spa Awards

SPA InterContinental Nominated for World Spa Awards

24th May 2022 (Natadola, Fiji): SPA InterContinental at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Natadola has been nominated for the 2022 World Spa Awards as Fiji’s Best Resort Spa 2022. The World Spa Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in spa and wellness tourism through the annual awards programme with the aim to inspire exceptional standards and connect spa consumers with the best in spa and wellness tourism.

Combining Asian, Eastern and Western treatment methods to bring balance to mind, body and soul, SPA InterContinental’s wide range of spa experiences and the caring touch of qualified therapists makes it one of the best Fiji resorts for a rejuvenating spa getaway filled with rest and relaxation.

Lachlan Walker, Area General – South Pacific, InterContinental Hotels Group said: “We are excited to be nominated alongside Fiji’s best luxury Spas for Fiji’s Best Resort Spa 2022. SPA InterContinental undoubtedly embodies the best Spa experiences to the highest standards for our guests which has been acknowledged time and again living up to the ethos of the luxury brand. I would like to show my appreciation to Kalpana and the Spa colleagues for continuing to deliver the best wellness experience for our guests and bringing True Hospitality for all to life.”

As a global brand, World Spa Awards have the unique ability, offer international status of excellence, and increase awareness to the spa and wellness industry.

Nominated among six other luxury Spa’s in Fiji, SPA InterContinental lives by the Wellness philosophy through a unique selection of refined western and indigenous organic treatments, created to soothe the soul, balance, and harmonise guest well-being for a truly rejuvenating experience.

It is the one of the few Spa’s in Fiji with Wai Zone facility for complete a Hydrotherapy experience. The Wai Zone features water in three states: gas – the steam room, liquid – the hydrotherapy pool and rain forest showers and solid – the ice room. Guests are not only able to use the Wai Zone as part of the treatment but also have pre-treatment consultation, soothing relaxation tea and snack to calm the senses as well as a post-treatment detox drink in the relaxation room.

SPA InterContinental has nine treatment rooms named after the exotic flora and fauna of Fiji as well as an expansive open-air yoga deck and relaxation zones. Guests are also able to book Cabana Massage options and experience treatments in the open to the soothing waves of the Pacific Ocean on the backdrops of Natadola Bay.

PAST ACCOLADES
2019 – Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards: Fiji’s Top Luxury Spa Retreat & Resort Destination
2019 – World Luxury Spa Awards: Australia and Oceania Luxury Resort Spa 2019
2018 – World Luxury Spa Awards – South Pacific/Oceania Luxury Resort Spa
2017 – World Luxury Spa Awards: South Pacific/Oceania’s Best Luxury Resort Spa
2016 – World Luxury Spa Awards – Best Fiji Luxury Resort Spa

To vote for SPA InterContinental, visit https://worldspaawards.com/vote/spa-intercontinental-at-intercontinental-fiji-golf-resort-spa-2022. Voting is now open and runs until 25 July 2022.

Tourism Industry signs Collective Agreement with Union

Tourism Industry signs Collective Agreement with Union

Tuesday 17 May 2022 – The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) celebrated an HR milestone for tourism today when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industries Employees (NUHCTIE) on Tuesday 17 May 2022, for a Collective Agreement template for hotel workers.

FHTA & NUHCTIE have been in consultations since well before and during COVID to reach a consensus on the Collective Agreement after considerable discussions that had commenced many years ago through changing dynamics and the more recent circumstances brought about by the COVID pandemic.

Union representatives held final talks with FHTA’s HR/IR Sub Committee and both parties were pleased with negotiations being concluded positively.

FHTA HR/IR Chair & General Manager for Tanoa Hotel Group, Narend Kumar noted, “As part of FHTA’s on-going efforts of bargaining in good faith and maintaining amicable industrial relations, especially now with tourism moving very quickly from recovery mode to full operations; we want to maintain fair and equitable employment conditions industry-wide”.

NUHCTIE General Secretary, Daniel Urai was also pleased with the signing, adding “We agree with a Collective Agreement that sets the baseline standards for hotel workers that can be used to build on”.

The MOU signing provides for a Collective Agreement template as an overarching document using employment categories, descriptions and terminology that will be shared to encourage industry-wide use of clauses, terms and conditions to promote better industrial relations.

Noble Realty Company Pte Limited

Noble Realty Company Pte Limited
About Noble Realty Company Pte Limited

Noble Realty is owned and run by Stephen Noble right here on Taveuni. Originally from Canada, Stephen has been a resident on Taveuni and Fiji for over 25 years. In that time, he has gained a wealth of local knowledge and contacts which are now put to use matching potential buyers to their perfect properties in paradise.

Noble Realty has homes and land for sale on Taveuni Estates, Taveuni, also on Qamea, and neighboring parts of Vanua Levu, including real estate in Savusavu and Pacific Harbour. Our selection includes beachfront, homes, ocean view properties, rural and farmland, resorts and undeveloped land ideal for investments, new developments, and real estate portfolios.

Noble Realty Company Pte Limited is licensed #115 as a Real Estate Agent by the realbfiji.com

Stephen says:

“For most of my life I dreamed of living on a tropical island. Fortunately for me, and only after searching much of the Caribbean and South Pacific, I finally found the idyllic paradise…. the island of Taveuni located in fantastic Fiji.

For the last 25 years I have been blessed to live here in paradise. Much of this time of I have been actively involved with the renovating of my home, including electrical, plumbing, and alternative energy projects. My extensive experience in dealing with immigration, Customs, freight forwarding, local suppliers, building contractors etc. is knowledge I am happy to share with my friends and clients.

I have spent many hours donating my time to special and personally rewarding island projects, including the organizing and opening of a kindergarten school which I still run after 13 years. In addition, I am active member of the Rotary Club of Taveuni, a Fijian Citizen, a licensed Real Estate Agent, and the founder and President of Noble Realty Company Pte Limited. (Lic #115)

Through Noble Realty I wish to share my experiences and to assist people interested in buying property here on Taveuni and live their own dreams.”