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Charter flights from China

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, February 05, 2018

ROSIE Holidays will charter flights again from China and carry more than 500 visitors to Fiji this year.

The charted Fiji Airways flight from Hangzhou City to Nadi International Airport is scheduled to arrive on February 12 with a total of 270 passengers.

The Chinese tourists' arrival will coincide with the Chinese New Year holidays which will be celebrated on February 16.

Rosie Holidays managing director Tony Whitton said this would be the fourth consecutive year the company had chartered flights from mainland China with Fiji Airways, Tourism Fiji and their Chinese partners.

"We will be resuming our charters into the second-tier city of Hangzhou," he said.

"In the past years, we have operated charters into first-tier cities of Beijing and Shanghai. These cities are big but very busy with competition.

"This is the second year we are operating into the city of Hangzhou.

"Our view is that these cities should not be called second-tier cities but rather big opportunity cities as 54 per cent of all upscale imported USA products are consumed in these cities.

"This is a good measure of wealth as these cities receive a lot of government stimulus, highways, fast trains, infrastructure and the population is very affluent and most important, many of our competitor destinations are not in these cities marketing as aggressively."

General manager Eroni Puamau said the company used Alibaba platform to promote the flights.

"Hangzhou is their home town and there is a sentimental connection," he said.

"It is also a fast growing city in mainland China, very affluent and conveniently located, with just under one hour travel in China's famous electronic bullet train from Shanghai."

Since 2015, Rosie Holidays has chartered 11 Fiji Airways Airbus A330 aircraft and transported in excess of 3000 passengers, bringing in about $52 million in foreign exchange earnings to the country.

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