Budget 2023-24

Increased budget for tourism and Civil Aviation

July 11, 2023 6:19 am

Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Viliame Gavoka

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is allocated a total budget of $52.3 million.

Minister responsible Viliame Gavoka says the big items on their list include Tourism Fiji marketing, which is allocated $30 million; operations, which is allocated $7 million; and $5 million for the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji.

Gavoka says $1.1 million is allocated for the domestic year subsidy and $5 million for the Vanua Levu Tourism Program.’

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He says the tourism sector, despite contributing 40 percent of the national GDP and creating direct and indirect employment, failed to receive the support needed to help Fiji’s economy.

When I joined six months ago, we had a combined staff complement of about 10. Despite these limitations, we managed to deliver key programs. These two departments, tourism and civil aviation, were previously under already-used portfolios where they were almost invisible. In this budget, we will fix that. Tourism was among the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism, and Transport; it was merely a Department amongst 10 others.”

Gavoka says the coalition government is setting up the two departments together to help them better manage the tourism industry.

The tourism industry is allocated over $100,000 to beef up its engagement with communities as they work to further develop the sector.