Tourism Fiji apologises for mismatched promo
25 April, 2018, 4:57 pm
TOURISM Fiji has sent out an apology for an incorrect translation of an iTaukei word for ‘toilet’.
The deleted video showed had referenced the word toilet as ‘vale ni lotu’ which many iTaukei people took offence to because the phrase referred to a church in the iTaukei language.
In a press statement released this afternoon, Tourism Fiji apologised for the error that was the result of a mismatched graphic design.
“Tourism Fiji would like to apologise for an incorrect translation of an iTaukei word which was posted within a video on our social media accounts that was attempting to showcase every-day Fijian words to our international visitors,” the statement from Tourism Fiji said.
“The mistake was due to a mismatch of graphic design and failure of our quality assurance process.
“The post was removed this morning by Tourism Fiji’s social media team shortly after the organisation became aware of the mistake.
“Tourism Fiji takes full responsibility for the error and sincerely regrets any offence this post may have caused our fellow Fijians.”
Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said: “I am outraged and disgusted that an organisation like Tourism Fiji would be so careless as to allow someone within its organisation to release this promotional video. Obviously no proper vetting or proof reading was done before its release.”