The significance of the tourism and aviation sectors as key conduits to financial prosperity and the essential function the ministry will play was highlighted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Viliame Gavoka.
Mr Gavoka and the Assistant Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Alitia Bainivalu have been welcomed with a standard welcoming ceremony by the officers of the ministry.
“Tourism contributes virtually 40 per cent of our GDP. Over the following couple of years, we’ll develop this Ministry, we’ll develop this trade to that degree,” mentioned Mr Gavoka.
“We’ll take a look at tourism to prop-up Fiji’s financial system within the brief time period. So Tourism is the place the nation is hoping to speed up financial development. And I’m assured we are able to do it. We have now good stock — ample to maintain on the degree we would like. And naturally our software program — human useful resource — are our greatest property,” mentioned Mr Gavoka.
The brand new minister who has an unlimited expertise within the trade, shared how Fiji was properly positioned to capitalise on its model as a tourism vacation spot.
“Branding can generally be a matter of phrases. However for us in Fiji — you possibly can see it even from the streets. It’s spontaneous and pure and a really massive a part of our identification.
“It’s great to see the Tourism and Civil Aviation portfolios coming collectively after over a decade. It’s a pure match and we’ll useful resource Tourism Fiji and this Ministry. I do know from what I’ve seen during the last couple of days that we’re up for it. Thanks everybody for the welcome on this event,” he mentioned.
Ministry of Tourism everlasting secretary Shaheen Ali welcomed the ministers and supplied the Ministry’s reassurance of its dedication to the journey and tourism sector as a key pillar of the Fiji financial system.
“Whereas we endeavour to capitalise on different service sectors like finance and enterprise course of outsourcing, tourism would be the mainstay of our financial system within the close to future. We’re a small workforce, who I’m positive beneath your steering, will develop. And I can guarantee you of our assist and dedication over the approaching years, as we glance to take our nation ahead” mentioned Mr Ali.