Update: 6:20PM FIJI Airways managing director and chief executive officer Stefan Pichler has been appointed the new chair of Tourism Fiji.
In a statement, Minister for
Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the appointment signalled an exciting new era
for the tourism industry and the Fijian economy as a whole.
"Stefan Pichler brings an
unprecedented level of experience to this role, having held senior positions in
the tourism industries of Germany and Australia," he said.
"Coupled with his stewardship
of our national airline, he is ideally placed to lead our industry and take it
to new heights.
"And his strong commercial
background means that not only will Tourism Fiji be placed on a stronger
commercial footing but the highest standards of corporate governance will be
introduced to safeguard the interests of Fijian taxpayers, who finance its
$23million a year budget."
Mr Pichler said he was fully
committed to making the industry the best in the world.
"I intend to begin work
immediately with the great team around me at Tourism Fiji and all of the
stakeholders in our industry to step up our efforts to seize those
opportunities," he said.