Fiji tourism

Fiji records strong tourism sector performance in August

The Reserve Bank of Fiji’s August Economic Review stated that visitor arrivals, hotel occupancy rates and revenue earned from rooms sold trended above 2019 and 2022 levels.

The review stated that consumption activity was upbeat cumulative to July as indicated by the annual growth in net Value Added Tax and loans for consumption purposes.

The RBF stated that investment activity shows signs of recovery as investment loans and domestic cement sales grew annually in the year to July.

Fiji can become billion dollar industry again, says tourism chief

Tourism Fiji has confirmed 75,000 bookings for hotels and resorts until the end of next month.

Hill said there had been a 'massive increase' in hits on the Tourism Fiji website since the Pacific island nation reopened to the world on 1 December.

This included the launch of the industry's 'Open for Happiness' campaign.

"These numbers reflect the marketing and publicity that Tourism Fiji and our industry are doing is having a really strong impact," Hill said.

Fiji’s Taveuni Island to receive first international guests today

Taveuni Tourism Association President Terri Gortan said they are organizing a formal welcome session at the Matei Airport before the guests are taken to their hotels.

Upon their arrival, the international guests will also be part of a new carbon footprint offset programme.

Gortan said everybody who travels to Taveuni via plane, actually uses enough carbon for them to plant one tree.

She added that if one tree is planted for every traveler to Taveuni and return, it would offset their carbon footprint.

Fiji has not given up on 'Bula Bubble'

Fiji's borders have been closed since last March and with New Zealand and Australia still battling Covid-19 cases at home, the wait maybe longer.

But the government said Fiji had proven itself as a safe destination for travels during the pandemic with no cases recorded over 300 days.

Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya said the government was optimistic its regional partners would come to the table.

Koya said visitors would still need to meet the requirements under the 'Bula Bubble' scheme.

"We have not forgotten the 'Bula Bubble'," he said.

Fiji's tourism campaign hit by theft and damage by locals

With the industry hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses dependent on foreigners are focussed on attracting the locals.

Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya said the support from the public had been immense.

However, Koya warned reports of guests damaging property or stealing appliances from the hotels and resorts would not be tolerated.

"Resort operators will report it immediately to the police because it's criminal activity and it's not condoned.

Fiji markets itself as retreat for billionaires during pandemic

The South Pacific country, which is made up of some 300 islands, relies heavily on tourism, which typically accounts for 40% of its gross national product (GDP).

After telling the Fijian parliament last week that his vision for a "post-Covid society" included a gradual resumption of its travel sector, Prime Minister Josaia "Frank" Voreqe Bainimarama has offered an open invitation to billionaires wishing to visit the country.

Digicel introduces SmartButler solution for Fiji Tourism

Mike Greig, Digicel Fiji CEO said; “This is an exciting innovation which brings the best in software as a service digitalize and boost our tourism economy. The introduction of this digital service underpins our commitment to better serve and support Fiji’s number one earner – the tourism sector. SmartButler is an exclusive product offered by Digicel for Fiji and the Pacific.”

Fiji's tourism industry focuses on getting visitors back

Following the devastation caused in Fiji by Cyclone Winston, the tourism industry has leapt to action to mitigate damage.

The Asian Development Bank among others warned that tourism in Fiji could face big losses due to the cyclone.