Tourism Support for COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Tourism Support for COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) fully supports the Fijian government’s current nationwide vaccination campaign.

This was endorsed by the FHTA Executive Committee during its meeting on Friday 18th June 2021.

The current vaccination campaign is targeting the inoculation of 80% of Fiji’s adult population and is working towards ensuring this critical layer of protection supports the industry’s current adoption of the COVID safe practices that have been in place since April last year.

FHTA continues to encourage all eligible adults in the tourism industry and surrounding communities that it operates within to be vaccinated to keep our staff, guests and communities safe.

While the Association acknowledges that workers have the choice to not be vaccinated, FHTA supports the rights of tourism employers to require vaccination as a condition of employment for the protection of all and will guide members accordingly.

The Association has always maintained that COVID safe practices of frequent hand washing, social distancing, avoiding crowds and the wearing of masks be part of the industry’s new normal.

Chief Executive Officer of FHTA Ms Fantasha Lockington said “We recognise that it is only through a sufficiently vaccinated population that we will be able to safely and effectively reopen our borders to allow tourism to once again become the major contributor to foreign exchange earnings, provide the highest employment options and restart its multiplier effects and benefits throughout the economy.”