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Newly-appointed Tui Nadi endorses ecotourism

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, May 04, 2017

ECOTOURISM is gaining popularity as more travellers choose to go green while on holiday, opting to enjoy the country's natural environment and lesser developed areas.

With Government headlining the move to establish a Green Growth Framework in Fiji's tourism industry, the leader of one of the country's biggest tourism landowning units says the protection of native resources would also benefit the indigenous community.

Ratu Vuniyani Navuniuci, who was appointed Tui Nadi by the Native Land Commission last week, said native resources such as land, forests and fishing grounds were also part of iTaukei culture and tradition.

"I believe that ecotourism is an important sector within the tourism industry," he said.

"We have to protect our natural resources and the environment because more investors are looking at ecotourism.

"The environment, land and our resources, the trees, forests and native species are part of our culture and tradition and it is important that we protect it.

"We don't want the iTaukei losing their natural resources and be like other natives of countries in the world who have lost everything.

"We also want to protect them for our future generations.

"It is a great idea that institutions like Government are encouraging the protection of our environment and the tourism industry is also investing in it."

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