TREASURE Island Resort Fiji was reopened yesterday by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on the one-year anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Evan that destroyed many resorts in the Mamanucas.
The resort was one of various resorts in the group that had to close subsequent to destruction caused by the devastating cyclone through most parts of the Western Division.
While reopening the luxury resort, Ratu Epeli said it was impossible to imagine that just 12 months ago, such was the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan that it forced Treasure Island Resort and many other resorts in the Mamanuca Islands to completely shut down their operations and begin the lengthy task of rebuilding.
"The traditional owners, the management and staff of Treasure Island are to be applauded, as indeed all Fijians, for their demonstration of this great strength," he said.
"They are also to be applauded for the action they have taken, and will always take, towards putting their lives, and for that matter, their livelihoods, back on track."
He said their actions, individually and collectively, were the finest examples of what Fijians proudly call "the bula spirit".
"Fiji's tourism industry is our greatest source of foreign exchange and the largest providers of jobs for thousands of our people."