INFRASTRUCTURE development and on-the-ground training are needed to improve Fiji's eco-tourism sites.
These are the findings of a study conducted at two eco-tourism sites in the Western Division last week.
Participants from international eco-tourism organisations who attended a five-day Asian Productivity Organisation course on planning and management of eco-tourism conducted the study at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes and the Biausevu Waterfalls.
FNU's deputy director of executive management and hospitality services at the National Training and Productivity Centre, Satendra Nair said guest comfort was imperative for eco-tourism sites to attract more visitors on a regular basis.
"A lot of guests commented that the strength of Fiji lies in its people," he said.
"Our people are very friendly and this is the only thing that is keeping these projects going at present.
"We need to build a lot of infrastructure like public conveniences and resthouses, so that guest comfort is foremost."
The five-day APO course at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi featured 21 members from 16 countries from all over Asia.