Sunday, October 30, 2011
THE tourism industry has registered another record with 72,067 arrivals for the month of July.
This was revealed on Friday by the Attorney-General and Tourism Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, at his chambers in Suva.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the July number exceeded the number recorded last year for the same month which was 67,263 arrivals.
"This year's number has increased by 7.1 percent, breaking last year's record as well," he said.
The Tourism Minister said the markets from New Zealand, Australia and Japan recorded increases in arrival percentages but arrivals from Japan, Korea, United States of America and the United Kingdom dropped.
The Tourism Minister said the year-to-date arrivals from January to July also increased from 345,017 last year to 374, 801 visitors this year. This was an 8.6 per cent increase from last year's number, he said.
"We hope to continue with the same rate and so we need to maintain our competitive edge," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said there was also a need to ensure competitive pricing and the provision of improved infrastructure.
He also said there was a need to tap more into cyberspace for the provisions of direct access to sales.
New aircrafts will boost Tourism
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Air Pacific’s decision to buy three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft will be a huge boost to the Tourism Industry says Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president, Dixon Seeto.
Seeto says it will not only lift tourism but the standard of the national carrier as well.
He says this will enable Air Pacific to better compete with other airlines in the world.
"We in the industry are very happy that this decision has been made because with the old aircraft like the aging 747 and 767 that they had it was not going to last for much longer and that’s good because we now have a lot of hotel rooms that still need to be filled and Air Pacific has got the seats and if we can marry the two like we have been doing and get some packages in the market place we will definitely grow the whole industry.”
Air Pacific will retire the aging 767 early next year and the two 747 jumbo jets once the Airbus arrives in 2013.
The national airline made the announcement last week.
Report by: Christopher Chand