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Business as usual at resort after TC Evan

Geraldine Panapasa
Saturday, December 22, 2012

STAFF members and residents of Robinson Crusoe Island Resort Fiji did not let the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Evan get in their way of enjoying the festive season, getting back into the mix of things the minute it went away.

It was business as usual for the resort that employed 30 locals from nearby villages to help clean up the island located a few miles north of Natadola Beach along the Coral Coast.

Resort marketing consultant Lisa Ewings said 65 local staff members were expected to return to work within the next few days.

"Prior to the cyclone, the resort was almost fully booked.

"We evacuated all guests on Sunday morning (last week) — all cruises were cancelled and accommodation closed," she said yesterday.

"We re-opened our in-house guests on Wednesday. Our Day, Night and Combo cruises will resume today — but sales were definitely affected for both cruises and accommodation within the past five days.

"Structurally, the island had no damage at all.

"We only had some trees and gardens suffer loss of leaves.

"All coconut palms were still intact!

"Thankfully no one was injured during the cyclone."

Ms Ewings said guests have been able to enjoy the resort's normal activities noting most of the visitors had arrived from Australia.