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Awards race heats up

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

THE best of this year's tourism operators will go up against each other once again at the 2012 AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa next Friday.

Hailed as the Oscar night for Fiji's tourism industry, organisers have promised another spectacular ceremony.

One of the categories up for contention is the Frontliner Award which recognises individuals who have made exceptional contributions to their employers and to Fiji's tourism industry.

This year's nominees include Eroni Bale of Rosie Holidays, Selai Lewaqere of Sofitel Fiji and Josua Ratukuna of Sigatoka River Safari.

The nominees were picked out of 140 applications that were submitted to the AON Fiji Excellence board of trustees.

Speaking about her nomination this year Mrs Lewaqere, said she was honoured to be chosen.

"This has come about because of the assistance of my colleagues and my employers," she said.

Mrs Lewaqere said the resort experienced a wedding boom in the last 12 months despite a number of internal and external difficulties.

"Last year we had about 40 to 50 contracted weddings and this year we already have 80 bookings," she said.

"We are looking to break the 100 mark."

Meanwhile, also looking forward to the awards night is Mr Bale, the equally successful Rosie Holidays guest relations co-ordinator.

Mr Bale said being nominated was a positive achievement in his career.

"I have a lot of confidence in what I have achieved in the past year but I guess the result of this will only be determined on the night," said Mr Bale.


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