Tradeshow to bolster industry
8 November, 2019, 8:53 am
THE HOTEC Tradeshow enhances business relationships and finds innovative ways to increase investments for sustainable growth in the tourism industry, says Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar.
While opening the 16th HOTEC Tradeshow at the Sheraton Fiji Resort Denarau Convention Centre yesterday, she said this would bolster Fiji’s competitive edge in the services and products the country offered.
“Tourism is an industry that has the potential to significantly contribute to the growth of new auxiliary industries,” she said.
“It is upon you as practitioners to build those internal linkages with our local suppliers and service providers.
“Your confidence and commitment to Fiji has not gone unnoticed — you are vital partners in creating wealth and developing the nation that we all love and I look forward to working with all of you in the future.”
She said the long-term vision for the industry was to develop an internationally competitive, dynamic Fijian economy which took full advantage of Fiji’s location in the region, resources and people.
“There is so much untapped potential and opportunities that we need to capitalise on.
“In this regard, I also call upon the suppliers and service provider to play their part and to maintain standards and continuity of supply.”
A total of 34 exhibitors showcased their products in 52 booths on the first day of the tradeshow, and 11 companies participated for the first time this year.