4 May, 2016, 12:00 am
THE continuing success of the tourism industry in the wake of the recent spate of natural disasters is testimony to the way the industry worked cohesively together to entice visitors to our shores, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Speaking at the opening of the 2016 Fijian Tourism Expo at the Sheraton Fiji Resort yesterday, he said instead of going down, visitor arrival numbers were up by 10 per cent when compared with the same period last year.
“In the first quarter of 2016, we received a total of 158,069 visitors, which is an increase of 10.2 per cent compared to the same period last year,” he said.
“Our March visitor arrivals alone totalled 55,977, up 9.7 per cent from the same period last year.
“So far from being down in the wake of Cyclone Winston, our arrivals have actually gone up.
“And we are set for another bumper year for tourism, both in numbers and earnings.”
The PM said close collaboration between industry stakeholders had already yielded a good result for “Team Fiji”.