DEDICATION, hard work and sacrifice paid off for the Rosie Group after it scooped the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited sponsored Tourism Services award at the Exporter of the Year Awards.
The awards were held at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola on Saturday night.
Rosie Travel Group managing director Tony Whitton said the award was recognition of the vital role that the tourism industry played in the development of the nation.
"What makes the award important is that it recognises tourism as an export because a lot of times people tend to think that tourism is not an export," he said.
"The difference in tourism is that we are the largest exporter in terms of foreign exports, we export services and holiday dreams — the dream of a pristine South Pacific island where true happiness finds us.
"Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner contributing close to 30 per cent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employing close to 70,000 people.
"The most amazing thing about tourism is that when international visitors come to our shores it circulates three times of its dollar value to the members of the community."