Tourism Fiji is pleased to announce the dates for our first ever Virtual Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) scheduled to be held on 25 November 2020.
Traditionally, the FTE is an annual event that brings our international buyers and sellers together to do business here in Fiji. However, with border closure, staging a physical event was impossible for 2020. In response, a virtual event has been scheduled for our Australian and New Zealand markets. It will bring together around 51 international buyers from these markets, with around 80 industry partners in Fiji for virtual appointments and presentations.
Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Honourable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya said, “FTE is such an important event for Fiji’s tourism industry, it always has been. While we would have loved everyone to experience the Fijian tourism hospitality first-hand, I’m thrilled the event will still go ahead, be it virtually. I look forward to updating all the delegates then on Fiji’s response to the pandemic and our journey to recovery.”
At the event delegates will also get an update on how Fiji’s tourism industry “Is Ready” for borders to be reopen with presentations from Tourism Fiji on the destination’s Care Fiji Commitment (nation-wide programme to align industry with Fiji Government’s COVID-safe Guidelines) as well as its exciting re-entry plans for its Australian and New Zealand markets.
Tourism Fiji Chairman, Andre Viljoen, said, “An unprecedented challenge needs an unprecedented solution, and that is just what Tourism Fiji has prepared though our Four Stage Re-entry Plan. It’s a comprehensive plan to ensure we re-enter our markets effectively. To achieve this, the organisation has its biggest ever consumer and trade campaign planned for Australia and New Zealand that will let everyone know (when its time) that Fiji’s open once again”.
At the Expo, the Event’s Platinum Sponsor, Fiji Airways, will present on the innovative Recovery Rebate Package Programme (RRP) that was announced by the Fijian Government to ensure that there are attractive packages in place for the destination’s re-entry into its international markets.
Fiji Airways’ Executive General Manager, Akuila Batiweti, said, “The Government’s Recovery Rebate Package Programme provides a F$60million stipend to support our industry deliver enticing packages (never seen before) when our borders reopen. These packages are available to those flying on Fiji Airways and through this incentive, we are confident we can lead the rebound of our tourism industry and spur Fiji’s economic recovery.”
There has never been a more critical time for Fiji’s tourism industry, and Virtual FTE 2020 will demonstrate to Fiji’s international trade partners that the destination is more than prepared for when the time comes for international travel to recommence to Fiji.