THE inaugural Fijian Tourism Expo has been a tremendous success and a credit to the entire tourism industry.
This was the comment made by Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama during the closing ceremony of the event at the Sofitel Fiji Resort on Denarau on Thursday.
In his address, the PM said the four-day expo had been an outstanding success and a major boost to the holiday business sector.
"We had 150 buyers from 16 countries gathered under one roof to strike deals and forge partnerships with more than 240 of Fiji's tourism operators," he said.
"It has proved to be that and more because I keep hearing from everyone that this expo has exceeded all expectations — for individual sellers and buyers, Tourism Fiji, the responsible minister and the Fijian government.
"I keep telling ordinary Fijians the role of government is to serve, to empower people, give them the things they need to improve their lives, strengthen the country's infrastructure, create a business climate in which Fiji attracts the investment it needs to give our people jobs and to develop our nation and fulfil its destiny as the pre-eminent Pacific nation."
He said the Fijian Tourism Expo was the first of many and the event would get bigger and better in the years to come.
"To our overseas visitors, vinaka vakalevu for coming and we hope to see you again soon.
"And thank you on behalf of our nation for joining hands with us through your own efforts to build the new Fiji."