Hotelier concerned about guests’ safety

Susana Latabua (right) with sister Asenaca Buloubuli and nephew Ilimeleki Nainoka enjoy some family time at Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE general manager of Wailoaloa Beach’s first five-star resort says he is very concerned about the safety of his guests and their first impression of the resort because of the wild parties along the foreshore.

Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa Fiji general manager Warwick Kahl said drinking sprees at Wailoaloa Beach after nightclubs shut at 5am were a major issue for all tourism properties in the area.

Mr Kahl made the comment while speaking during a discussion with Tourism Minister Premila Kumar, facilitated by the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry last Saturday.

“We are conscious of the public drunkenness and history of Wailoaloa in regards to being party central when all the nightclubs close. “I must say police over the Christmas period were very vigilant which was great.

“However, all hours of the morning from 5am onwards there are large groups of people walking around there, there is a lot of intoxication and I don’t think that’s the appearance we want for our guests when they come into Nadi.

“We don’t want that being the memory when they leave here.

“We don’t want them saying it’s a lovely hotel and Wailoaloa a lovely precinct and we really enjoyed it and the aspects of it being close to the nightlife, restaurants and airport but we might go back and stay at Denarau because it was safer down there.”

Mrs Kumar said she had noted the concerns raised by the Wailoaloa operators and would discuss the issue with the authorities concerned.

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