RECOGNISING the importance of safety and security in the tourism industry, the Fiji Police Force has pledged to work with stakeholders in creating a safe haven for visitors to the country.
The pledge for a combined effort was reinforced when Tourism Fiji chairman David Pflieger visited police headquarters to address senior police officers on changes expected in the tourism industry next year. He shed some light on the plans to re-brand Air Pacific to Fiji Airways.
"Embracing change is difficult and I commend the commissioner who I know is always embracing changes. It's never easy and is sometimes not easily accepted," he said.
Mr Pflieger said the acquisition of three new airbus, scheduled to begin operations in the New Year, was positive as it could also secure new routes for the airline.
"That is an option for us because with the arrival of our brand new airbus A330s scheduled to take to the skies in 2013, more people are expected to know about Fiji and we will explore new routes.
"There were a lot of negative criticism against some of the decisions we made. They had to be made for the benefit of keeping our national airline running and having the right team is very important for success," he said.
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua reassured Mr Pflieger that police officers would continue to support Fiji's thriving tourism industry.
"I would like to assure you of our continued support and we wish you success for the future plans you have in store for our national airline," he said.