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Seeto: Adhere to safety regulations

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, June 09, 2014

TOURIST safety is paramount for resorts and tourism service providers but guests need to also adhere to safety regulations implemented by the hotels and authorities.

Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto made the comments, adding ensuring safety of guests goes both ways.

"The hotels will have their operating procedures in terms of safety but if the guest doesn't adhere to the standards and the recommendations of the hotel they can get into some problems as well," he said.

"It's a two way thing, the hotels will insist on safety standards and the guests need to conform to those standards."

Mr Seeto said another area was the issue of selecting the proper licenced operator.

"We've had people using unlicenced operators for various activities and that is not a good thing because these people don't have the proper papers and standards.

"They don't have insurance where the liability for coverage is not there.

"But if they come under the licensing system, we can ensure that they will need their captain to be licensed and he will have to learn the rules of the seas and the regulations involved.

"The boat will be surveyed and there will be safety equipment on the boat and so they can't operate it in a reckless way.

"So the reason for that is not just for any reason but only to ensure that their operation is safe and it's in such a way that they do not adversely affect their reputation, the industry in Fiji by having incidences and accidents.

"Also when you have something that is regulated, they will conform to the rules that are there to keep people safe."

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