While revenue earnings have ground to a halt since Government shut the borders to protect Fiji’s population, expenses and operating costs still remain.
Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association is concerned for businesses remaining viable during what is now looking to be a long drawn out hibernation period.
With travel and tourism being very labour intensive it is expected that not only are many more jobs at risk but that this will be felt throughout the whole tourism value chain.
FHTA CEO Fantasha Lockington says it is expected that this will affect the most vulnerable groups of the population such as women, youth and rural communities
She goes on to say that they are hopeful that the Tourism Bubble discussions between our Governments continue positively but there is a need to understand that this is not going to happen anytime soon until safety concerns are adequately addressed but in the meantime, every business is continually reviewing their operations to simply survive.
As the business transition into the next phase of survival, they will be considering extended leave without pay options and terminations and redundancies will be more common in the coming weeks because tourism operators are struggling to continue holding on to staff with their current arrangements.
Lockington added that they are optimistic that things will pick up eventually, however, this may take months and even years to get to the visitor arrival levels that Fiji was used to.