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1600 to visit Fiji

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, August 05, 2010

ONE thousand six hundred Australian students are set to invade the country between November 27 and December 11 this year as part of the annual 'schoolies week' holidays.

Australian tour company, Unleashed Travel's managing director Jot Lynas said

Mr Lynas said the phenomenal number was made possible through a partnership with V Australia and Pacific Blue airlines.

"There are 1600 students booked on our Fiji Schoolies trips this year from around Australia so utilising Virgin's national network provided the best solution to getting kids from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide and regional centres beyond those cities to Fiji," he said.

"My clients choose Fiji because I charter the Island resorts and therefore make it exclusive for 17 and 18 year olds.

"I fly all the DJs and "unleashed crew" from Australia to make sure they have a great time while on the island."

"Fiji is perceived safer than the gold coast in Australia (where a similar but larger event takes place) because there are no drugs and no older predators to prey on the kids.

"Because it is just the 17 and 18 year olds, we can put on massive parties and tailor the experience to suit these groups of children.

"Everyone that travelled last year had an amazing time.

"All our feedback has been so positive," Mr Lynas said at Unleashed Travel.

The travel packages include seven nights' accommodation at Beachcomber Island Resort, Plantation Island Resort, Sonaisali Island Resort or Bounty Island Resort, return economy airfares, transfers, all meals, activities and entertainment by international disc jockeys specially flown in for schoolies' week.

Chairman of the Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association Dixon Seeto, said the increasing number of students solidified Fiji as a safe destination for teenagers and children.

"More and more of these types of tourists are coming to Fiji because we offer much better value, especially with the strength of the Australian Dollar," Mr Seeto said.

"Plus, the fact that Fiji is now recognised as a safe destination with friendly people," he said.





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