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Tourism Industry feels the pinch

April 1, 2012 3:30 am

Fiji’s tourism industry hasn’t been spared by the floods that are ravaging the western division.

With all efforts being put towards ensuring the safety of tourists, the Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association are now concentrating on getting them safely home.

Association President Dixon Seeto says safety is their focus.

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“Well I think we will lose some business because we need to sort out what tourists we have in the country at the moment and we need to look after them and get them on their way once everything has stabilised. We are liaising under the direction of the permanent secretary, we’ve been having conference calls, just to know what’s going on and what needs to be done, and paramount is to get people moving again, Air Pacific has commenced its flights, the airports are opened again which is good.”

And with potentially more flooding to come, Seeto says the industry will do all it can to make sure that tourists feel at home.

“There’s nothing that you can do if the place is flooded, I think what we are concentrating on is what do we do with our guests and the logistics in terms of power, water and food and eventually getting the tourists back home. And this is what we’re doing, working in line with Air Pacific, to achieve this as smoothly as possible under the circumstances.”

Many tourists are now returning home as flight schedules slowly return to normal.

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