Tourism Fiji notes record August visitor numbers

NTPC director Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata with Tourism Fiji Director of Marketing Emma Campbell at the opening of the week-long inaugural Tourism and Hospitality Fair. Picture: SUPPLIED

THERE has been a record number of 88,834 tourists visiting Fiji in August this year.

Tourism Fiji’s director of marketing Emma Campbell highlighted this while speaking at the opening of the week-long inaugural Tourism and Hospitality Fair organized by the National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC).

She said the last 12 months had seen a 3 per cent increase in visitor arrivals to our shores.

She said she was excited to be invited to speak at the festival.

“What a great way to celebrate the tourism industry and highlight just how important this sector is for our economy,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Festivals such as these bring people together from different areas of the Tourism and Hospitality sector and provides a platform for us all to share our ideas,” she said.

“To see so many people considering a career in tourism and hospitality truly makes my heart sing.”

Meanwhile, she commended the Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) for its work in upskilling the workforce of the nation.

She said it was great to see NTPC placing a strong emphasis on growing the tourism sector by hosting hospitality competitions, workshops, cultural performances, and fashion symposiums.

“It is also encouraging to know that NTPC offers major training programs for its industry partners in the field of culinary skills training, food and beverage training, travel and recreational and tourism programs, hospitality supervisory and management programs, housekeeping and room divisions management – not forgetting our own hair and beauty academy.”

The Hospitality and Tourism Festival is being held from September 23 – 27, 2019.

The event opens its doors at 10am and ends at 10pm. Entry is free.

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