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Testament of unity

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, November 24, 2012

NEW opportunities do not arise without a few sacrifices.

And no one can agree to this saying more than Avinesh and Rameshwari Mani.

The couple, who live and work in Rakiraki, moved out of Nadi earlier this year because they saw the opportunity to further their career.

Leaving behind family and friends, the couple relocated to Rakiraki to manage and run the Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel located just outside town.

They first met while working in Nadi, Avinesh at the Tanoa International and Rameshwari at the Tanoa Skylodge.

Avinesh, who hails from Varadoli in Ba, said the shift from Nadi to Rakiraki was not hard as it meant taking up a much more challenging role.

"This is something we both wanted to do," said Mr Mani of his wife's appointment as hotel manager.

Mrs Mani said the change was new but was right for them.

The two settled into Rakiraki and their new roles but the job was without its difficulties.

Their first challenge came after they were transferred when the disastrous floods of March ravaged much of the Western Division, Rakiraki included. Mr Mani said the months that followed proved a challenge for them as a newly married couple but with their combined years of experience, the two managed to keep the hotel running.

With the hotel providing refuge to tourists and travellers on holiday, the couple have begun implementing projects to further boost visitor numbers.

Mr Mani said the past couple of months had been a journey of reinvention for the hotel.

One of the oldest in the region, the hotel completed refurbishments to its new bar and restaurant which was an operational plan to attract more visitors.

Mrs Mani said although the new look was to attract more visitors to the hotel by modernising its surrounding environment, they still wanted to maintain its authenticity. With their first year in Rakiraki nearing its end, the couple are already looking forward to the new year.


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